Extension to the Term of a Non-Executive Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust

Date published: 04 November 2020

Health Minster Robin Swann, has announced a 12 month extension to the term of a Non-Executive Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT).

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Dr Catherine O’Mullan’s term has been extended from 1 October 2020 to a date not later than 30 September 2021.  

The Non-Executive Director role attracts a remuneration of £8,283 per annum and carries a time commitment of 1 day per week.

The appointment- was made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI.

The WHSCT 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 HSC Board. 

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

Notes to editors: 

  1. Dr Catherine O’Mullan has a career spanning 34 years in Further and Higher Education with significant experience in curriculum development and performance management for quality improvement. During this time she developed strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders including the post primary sector and business and industry to develop bespoke training and skills. Dr O’Mullan is currently undertaking the post of Head of Curriculum and Operations at the North West Regional College. She also sits on the Board of the Odyssey Trust Company, is Chair of W5 Belfast and a board member of Sport NI (DFC) and has recently joined the Down and Connor Diocesan Education Committee..
  1. Appointments to the WHSCT are made with the approval of the Health Minister.  
  1. 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. Dr O’Mullan has declared that she has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
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