Appointment of five Non-Executive Members to the Health And Social Care Board

Date published: 12 August 2020

Health Minister Robin Swann, has announced the appointment of five Non-Executive Members to the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB)

The following have been appointed as Lay Members: Dr Theresa Donaldson, Mrs Catherine McCallum, OBE and Mr Norman McKinley commenced their appointments on 1 August 2020; and Dr Nazia Latif and Dr Thomas Moore will commence their appointments on 1 September 2020. 

These appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The five appointments will end on a date not later than 31 March 2022; this period has been determined in line with the anticipated timescale for closure of the HSCB. The Non-Executive Member role attracts a remuneration of £9,371 per annum (under review), and carries a time commitment of up to 5 days per month.

The HSCB was established by Section 7 (1) of the Health and Social Care (Reform) Act (Northern Ireland) 2009 and replaced the four Health and Social Services Boards. The role of the HSCB is to arrange or ‘commission’ a comprehensive range of modern and effective health and social services for the 1.8 million people who live in Northern Ireland, to work with the Health and Social Care Trusts that directly provide services to people to ensure that these meet their needs, and to deploy and manage its annual funding from the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that all services are safe and sustainable.

The Board of the HSCB is made up of five Executive Directors including the Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Chair and seven Non-Executive Directors.


Notes to editors: 

  1.  Dr Theresa Donaldson is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors. She currently holds three other public appointments: from June 2017 as a Board Director of Eirgrid PLC, receiving an annual remuneration of €12,600 per annum; from December 2018 as a member of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, for which she receives an annual remuneration of £5,050; and from June 2019 as a Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, a position which attracts an annual remuneration of £5,000. She is a member of the Lord Chief Justice Solicitors’ Disciplinary Panel for Northern Ireland and is a member with Northern Ireland Appeals Committee for BBC Children in Need. She was Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (June 2014-September 2018) and Chief Executive of Craigavon Borough Council (2010-2014). Prior to this Theresa held several senior management positions in health and social care and legal services in Northern Ireland, including as Director of Policy and Civil Service Delivery in the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and Deputy Director Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency.
  2. Mrs Catherine McCallum, OBE, is a retired senior civil servant, who held a number of positions throughout her 38 year career. Most of her career was spent in the old Department for Social Development, working in social security, child support services and training. She was Chief Executive of the Rivers Agency for a number of years and, in her final years of service, she was Director of Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.  Catherine is a volunteer with the Society of St Vincent de Paul and is President of her local Conference.  She is a graduate of Queen’s University and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ulster University. She is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. In 2017 Catherine was awarded an OBE for services to Government and the Community.
  3. Mr Norman McKinley has extensive senior leadership experience within the voluntary sector both nationally and locally. His early professional career was in social work and he is currently Executive Director for UK Operations with the British Red Cross. Previously he served as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Trust.  Norman holds Masters’ Degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. He brings a diverse range of experience in governance and in the successful delivery of large-scale transformational change. 
  4. Dr Nazia Latif has extensive experience of working on human rights and equality issues in Northern Ireland and internationally. A highly experienced trainer and researcher, Nazia believes in encouraging collaboration between staff and service users to bring positive change in the delivery of public services.  She worked for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for 13 years where she led a number of systemic investigations of international significance, including In Defence of Dignity, an investigation into the human rights of older people in nursing homes. Nazia currently runs Right Practice and specialises in providing practical assistance to organisations to initiate and manage change in order to improve service delivery.  Her focus is on helping organisations meet their human rights and equality obligations. Nazia is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, holds a MA from the University of Durham and a PhD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  5. Dr Thomas J Moore has worked in senior academic and leadership roles in several Universities and Colleges across the UK. Most recently He was the Principal and Chief Executive of Blackburn College in Lancashire. He led the establishment of a Strategic Alliance engaging with a range of stakeholders to support NHS workforce reforms. In Wales, he was the Senior Officer at the Welsh Regulatory Body responsible for the Regulation of Nursing and Midwifery; and was subsequently the Academic Provost and Executive Dean for Health and Social Care at Glyndwr University. In Scotland, Dr Moore was the Principal and Chief Executive of Perth College, part of the Federated University of the Highlands and Islands.  He led Perth College through Regionalisation of the FE Sector and the significant changes which resulted. He was the FE Sector representative on the QAA Committee for Scotland. Dr Moore started his career as a nurse in Northern Ireland. 
  6. Appointments to the HSCB are made with the approval of the Health Minister.
  7. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.  All the appointees declared that they have not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
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