Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team, chaired by the Chief Executive, brings together senior Executives including the Executive Directors to the Trust Board.  It is responsible for the implementation of Trust’s strategies and policies and for key operational matters.

Non Executive Directors are appointed to the Board through a Public Appointments process. This role ensures that people from all walks of life, not necessarily with a career path in health or social care, have an opportunity to play a part in managing public organisations like ours. They have a duty to uphold the principals of public life and represent the Trust to the wider public.


  • Mrs Roberta Brownlee, Chair - MBE

    Mrs Brownlee was appointed as Chair of the Southern Trust in March 2011. She was a Non-Executive Director with the Southern Trust since April 2007 and a Non-Executive Director of the former Southern Board from August 2003 to March 2007 and the former Armagh & Dungannon Trust from July 2000 to October 2002. She trained as a nurse and midwife and specialised in Neurological Nursing.

    Mrs Brownlee has extensive experience in the Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors and brings to the Chair’s position her leadership and business expertise with a strong personal and professional commitment to providing the highest standards of quality health and social care to all patients, clients and service users.

    Mrs Brownlee is the Director and Owner of SRB Care Ltd, which operates a Nursing Home in the Western Trust area. She was previously Chief Executive at both the Sandown Group of Nursing Homes and Tamaris Healthcare. Mrs Brownlee is also a member of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Board; the Prison Service Pay Review Board (PSPRB) and the Board of Governors – Primary and Post Primary School.

    Personal Assistant: Jennifer Comac 

  • Mr Shane Devlin - Chief Executive

    Shane Devlin took up post as Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in March 2018.A proud product of Comprehensive Education in England, Shane studied at Queens University, Belfast, graduating in 1995 as a Bachelor of Science: Economics. He followed this with a Postgraduate Diploma from the Institute of Management. Shane also gained a Diploma in Business Improvement from the University of Ulster and studied at Harvard University, participating in the Kennedy School of Government programme – “Leaders for Tomorrow”.

    Shane began his career with the Northern Ireland Quality Centre before joining the local Health Service in 1998, working in Down and Lisburn Trust, the Department of Health and South Eastern Trust, before moving to the Business Services Organisation as Director of Customer Care and Performance and Director of Business Services Transformation. Shane moved from BSO in 2013 to Belfast Trust as Director of Planning, Performance and Informatics where he remained until December 2016, when he was appointed Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

    On a personal level, Shane is married with two children, enjoys golf and has recently taken up running, particularly around the lakes of Craigavon.

    Personal Assistant: Elaine Wright 

  • Ms Helen O’Neill, Director of Finance, Procurement and Estates

    Helen is Director of Finance, she has held her substantive post of Assistant Director of Finance since 2007. Helen has a wide range of Financial management experience gained over a 35 year period covering all aspects of health and social care and all within the Southern area. Helen has been a successful lecturer to students studying for their professional Accountancy examinations.  A fully qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, (ACCA), Helen is also an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association NI Committee.

    Personal Assistant: Sandra Gilmore

  • Mr Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services

    Paul was appointed as Director of Children and Young People’s  Services in May 2011.  He has over 30 years’ experience in Child Care Services and over 12 years senior management experience. He was Acting Director in the Craigavon & Banbridge Community Trust from 2004 – 2007 and was the Southern Trust’s Assistant Director for Safeguarding and Family Support from April 2007 – May 2011.

    Paul is a member of the Regional SBNI Safeguarding Board for NI and chairs the Southern Outcomes Group, established to take forward integrated planning and service delivery for children and families. Paul now sits on the Regional Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (PPANI) Strategic Forum.  He has significant experience of service reform and represents the Trust on a number of regional forums including the Regional Children’s Services Improvement Board.

    Personal Assistant: Ruth Alexander 

  • Mrs Esther Gishkori, Director of Acute Services

    Esther has been a nurse for over 30 years and has seen many changes in that time. She has worked across primary and secondary care and has also worked as a healthcare consultant in the Middle East. She was appointed Director of Acute Services in September 2015 and is eager to help the services continue to develop.

    Personal Assistant: Emma Stinson

  • Dr Maria O'Kane, Director of Medical Services

    Maria trained in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and NHS Leadership and Management and has held a wide range of part-time and full-time substantive posts. She is a Scottish Patient Safety Fellow and Dartmouth Quality Improvement Coach, and as a junior doctor, Maria was Regional Chair of the BMA Junior Doctor Committee.

    Maria has been Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists NI and has most recently worked for the Belfast Trust, where alongside her Consultant role, she has held educational and medical management posts including Associate Medical Director, Chair of Division and Deputy Medical Director.

    As Executive Medical Director for the Trust, Maria will be responsible for providing clinical leadership for medical staff throughout the Trust and carries corporate responsibility for ensuring an effective system of integrated governance which delivers safe, high quality care and a safe working environment for staff.

    Personal Assistant: Lauren Weir

  • Mr Barney McNeany, Director of Mental Health and Disability Services

    Barney is originally from Keady in Co. Armagh and now lives in South Down. He is married with two grown-up children. Following degree and post-graduate education in England, Barney spent 6 years there in Social Work, Probation and Family Therapy posts in Children’s Services and Mental Health.

    Returning to Northern Ireland in the early 90s Barney held a number of posts in the Southern Area, in the legacy Southern Board, the Mental Health Unit of Management and the Newry and Mourne Trust, in Social Work, planning and information posts before moving to the Louth and Meath Hospitals as Group General Manager.

    Barney also worked for 8 years in leadership roles in the Equality Commission and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner – NICCY, before resuming his Health Service career, taking up senior manager posts in the Belfast Trust in CAMHS, Learning Disability and latterly as Co-Director for Mental Health.

    Personal Assistant: Tracy Griffin 

  • Mrs Aldrina Magwood, Director of Performance and Reform

    Mrs Aldrina Magwood was appointed as the Trust’s Director of Performance & Reform in January 2017 having held the role of Acting Director of Performance and Reform since April 2015.

    Aldrina was previously the Assistant Director Best Care Best Value from May 2011 and Acting Assistant Director Performance Improvement from October 2009.  Over the past 18 years, Aldrina has worked in a number of senior management roles primarily responsible for strategic planning and service reform within health and public safety provider organisations as well as at commissioning level.

    Personal Assistant: Jane Murphy 

  • Mrs Vivienne Toal, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

    Mrs Vivienne Toal has been appointed as the Trust’s Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development. (September 2016)

    Vivienne brings to her new role a wealth of HR experience, gained over 18 years in the Southern Trust and previously in Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust. Her experience extends across a range of areas, most recently Employee Relations, Organisational Development and Resourcing. Vivienne was also the designated Deputy Director of HROD in the Trust prior to taking up her new position and is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

    Personal Assistant: Heather Mallagh-Cassells 

  • Mrs Melanie McClements, Director of Older People and Primary Care

    Melanie has a background in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting and spent twelve years working in partnership with community and voluntary sector in Promoting Health & Wellbeing and Community Development.

    She was appointed to the Southern Trust as Assistant Director of Promoting Wellbeing in 2007, leading on Health Improvement, Community Development and Personal & Public Involvement. She moved to the position of Assistant Director of Older Peoples Services in June 2012 where she had responsibility for domiciliary care, day care for older people, supported living and care homes for older people including working with the independent sector care providers.

    Personal Assistant: Karen Taylor 

  • Mrs Heather Trouton, Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals

    Heather has worked in the Trust as a Nurse in a variety of roles since 1996. In 2009 she took up post as Assistant Director for Surgery & Elective Care in Acute Services and led in the provision of Surgical Services across the Trust for 7 years.

    In 2016 she moved to the position of Assistant Director for Integrated Maternity & Women’s Health and Cancer & Clinical Services. Heather has a wealth of experience across many service areas working closely with Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals who deliver excellent patient care to our patients and service users every day.

    Personal Assistant: Lisa Willis  

  • Non-Executive Director: Mrs Hilary McCartan

    Mrs Hilary McCartan lives in Belfast and is a chartered accountant by profession. Mrs McCartan has held a number of senior management posts in the private sector including the role of Finance Director and non-executive roles in the public sector. Mrs McCartan is currently a Member of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (until March 2016), a Commissioner for Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, and a Non-Executive Member of Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company.

  • Non-Executive Director: Ms Eileen Mullan

    Eileen is a trusted expert in governance and has transformed organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors. She is a highly-accomplished trainer, award winning Chair, trusted Board Advisor, facilitator and coach. She holds senior, Non-Executive roles with the National Lottery Community Fund NI Committee and the Health and Care Professions Council.

    Eileen is an eloquent public speaker and frequent contributor to conferences and events along with delivering a TEDx talk (‘make time for what matters to you’). Founder of Strictly Boardroom and the Boardroom Apprentice, enabling and empowering the next generation of decision makers. Eileen is a powerhouse in advocating for diversity and inclusion and she is a champion for change.

  • Non-Executive Director: Mrs Pauline Leeson, CBE

    Pauline Leeson is a Social Worker and Chief Executive for Children in Northern Ireland, the regional network for the children’s sector. She is an Independent Member of the Lisburn and Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership and was awarded CBE in 2013 for services to children in Northern Ireland.

  • Non-Executive Director: Mr John Wilkinson, OBE. MSc. Ed. Man. BA. DASE. PGCe.

    Mr Wilkinson received an OBE for services to Education. He is a former Principal of Dromore High School.  He is also Vice Chair of the CCEA (Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee CCEA. Mr Wilkinson is a member of the Education Committee CCEA and a member of the Regulation Advisory Committee CCEA.         He is also a former Board Member of the SELB (Southern Education and Library Board) and C2k Project Board.

    Mr Wilkinson presently provides a service to schools as an Education Consultant and is employed by the Education Authority as an Education Associate.

  • Non-Executive Director: Ms Geraldine Donaghy

    Ms Donaghy was formerly Chief Executive of the Confederation of Community Groups, Newry & Mourne and until recently was a Trustee with the Community Foundation N.I. She has previously served as a Non Executive Director with the RQIA (Regulation Quality & Improvement Authority) and as a Non Executive Director on Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. Ms Donaghy has also wide experience in governance and compliance within public and voluntary sector organisations and is currently a Charities Commissioner with the Charities Commission N.I.

  • Non-Executive Director: Mr Martin McDonald BSc (Econ), Dip.T.P.,MBE.

    Martin McDonald has over 40 years of experience in public service,
    commencing his career with local government in 1973. He later went on to work in the Town & Country Planning Service and in 1990 joined the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as a Rural Area
    Co-ordinator under the North ern Ireland Rural Development Programme.

    Martin is well recognised as a key figure in the development and
    implementation of major rural development initiatives. He joined the NI Rural Development Council as Chief Executive in 1999 and retired in 2011.

    Martin has also worked with the International Fund for Ireland, acting as their agent through RDC, for projects and programmes under the Fund’s ‘Sharing this Space’ strategy. Through this he has extended his experience into urban areas, particularly with projects that have a clear focus upon reconciliation.

    He has been a member of the NI Heritage Lottery Fund since 2011 and acted as Interim Chair between 2013 and 2016. He also acts as a non-executive director on the NI Fisheries Harbour Authority. Martin is a former director and Chair of Newry Credit Union.

    He is married to Anne, lives in Newry, has three children and three grandchildren. Martin was awarded an MBE for Services to Regeneration in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.