Trust Board

Virtual Meetings of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust Board will be held on the following dates in 2022:

  • Thursday 27 January at 9.30am
  • Thursday 31 March at 11am
  • Thursday 26 May at 9.30am
  • Thursday 23 June at 9.30am
  • Thursday 29th September at 9.30am
  • Thursday 27th October at 9.30am

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

If you wish to attend and have any special requirements, or for
further information, please contact the office of the Chair and Chief Executive on (028) 3756 0121.


Trust Board Briefings for Elected Reps

View Trust Board Briefing March 2022

View Trust Board Briefing January 2022

Trust Board Members:

  • Ms Eileen Mullan , Chair

    Eileen has held non-executive roles across third and public sector organisations for over 25 years. These have been with grass roots organisations, regional charities and national statutory providers. Eileen has been with the Southern Trust since 2016 as a Non-Executive Member and Chair of the Governance Committee. Eileen was appointed Chair of the Trust Board from the 01st December 2020.
    She is a passionate advocate for the work of health and social care services and has personal experience of living with a chronic illness and receiving a life changing kidney transplant. She is founder and lead for Boardroom Apprentice, a unique board learning and development initiative to increase diversity on boards in the public and third sectors.

  • Dr Maria O'Kane, Temporary Accounting Officer/Medical Director
  • Catherine Teggart, Director of Finance, Procurement and Estates

    Catherine studied at the University of Ulster, graduating in 1999 with a degree in Business Studies with Accounting. On her gap year, during this time, she also completed an 18 month secondment in the USA working for the Washington Post.

    From 1999-2004 she trained as a Chartered Accountant with ASM Horwath Chartered Accountants in Belfast.

    Catherine has extensive public sector finance experience, working for 18 years for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in various roles. From 2004-2014 she held Senior Accountant positions in DOJ Policing Division and Financial Services Division. From 2012-2014 Catherine was Head of Finance and then Acting Head of Corporate Services for the Youth Justice Agency. She held the position of Head of Finance and Estates for the Probation Board for Northern Ireland from 2014-2021 as a member of the Senior Leadership team, responsible for financial planning, financial management, procurement, Estates and funding to the voluntary and community sector.

    Catherine is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is also an Independent Member of the Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) Audit and Risk Committee.

    She looks forward to her new role with the Trust and meeting staff throughout the organisation.

  • Mr Colm McCafferty, Interim Director of Children and Young People's Services
  • Mrs Melanie McClements, Director of Acute Services

    Melanie has an extensive background in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting and spent twelve years working in partnership with community and voluntary sector in both South-Eastern and Southern Trusts, promoting Health Improvement, Wellbeing, Community Development and Personal & Public Involvement.


    She has worked in Southern Trust since 2007 initially as Assistant Director Promoting Wellbeing, then Assistant Director / Director of Older People and Primary Care Services and subsequently appointed as Director of Acute Services in October 2020.

    She leads a large multi-disciplinary team across both Craigavon and Daisy Hill Hospitals and is responsible for the operational delivery of a range of acute services to address the health needs of our population. She works with other Community Directorates to deliver person centred services across hospital and home.


  • 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.

    Dr Maria O’Kane, Interim Director of Mental Health & Disability Services

    Maria was appointed as Interim Director of Mental Health & Disability Services in April 2021.

  • Post vacant, Director of Performance and Reform
  • 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).

  • Mr Brian Beattie, Interim Director for Older People and Primary Care

    Brian was appointed as Interim Director of Older People and Primary Care (OPPC) in June 2019. Prior to this he has been working as the Assistant Director of Primary Care since the inception of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in April 2007. Brian has worked in Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland since qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1986 and has held a range of clinical and managerial posts. He managed Physiotherapy Services within the Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust, from 1991 until March 2007. Brian has over 35 years of experience working collaboratively with a range of HSC staff, including Allied Health Professionals. His work entails the development of new and innovative services, as well as management and oversight of operational delivery of clinical and social care services. This requires close working with stakeholders, both internal and external to the Trust, including Independent Sector Providers, Community and Voluntary Partners and Service Users.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.