Appointment of a Non-Executive Chair to the Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Date published: 20 November 2020

Health Minster Robin Swann, has announced the appointment of Ms Eileen Mullan as the new Non-Executive Chair of the Southern Health & Social Care Trust (SHSCT).

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Ms Mullan’s appointment will begin on 1 December 2020 and will run for a maximum period of 4 years.

This appointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The Non-Executive Chair of the SHSCT attracts a remuneration of £30,924 per annum and carries a time commitment of 3 days per week.

The SHSCT is one of five Trusts established as statutorily separate organisations within the HSC family, responsible for the delivery of responsive and effective health and care services and for the ownership and management of hospitals and other establishments and facilities.  They provide health and social care services against Ministerial priorities, standards and targets and are performance managed by the Department and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB). Services are provided as specified in contracts with the commissioners of health and social care services, namely the HSCB.

The Board of the SHSCT is made up of 5 Executive Directors including the Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Chair and 7 Non-Executive Members.


Notes to editors: 

1.    Ms Eileen Mullan – has held non-executive roles across third and public sector organisation over the past 25 years. These have been with grass roots organisations, regional charities, and national statutory providers. These roles have included chairperson of the board of Trustees of Age NI. Ms Mullan is currently a Non-Executive Member (NEM) of the SHSCT and Chair of the Governance Committee. Her appointment as NEM will end on 30 November 2020. She is also a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP) attracting an annual remuneration of £12,000 and a Member of the National Lottery Community Fund’s Northern Ireland Committee attracting an annual remuneration of £5,232. 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 board learning and development initiative to increase diversity on boards. Ms Mullan is a Board Advisor and mediator who works with Boards across the UK and Ireland.

2.    Appointments to the SHSCT are made with the approval of the Health Minister.

3.    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.   Ms Mullan has declared that she has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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