The Patient and Client Council has a Board made up of a Chair and non-executive directors, recruited from across Northern Ireland under the Public Appointments Process. The Board is responsible for setting the policy and direction for the Patient and Client Council and for monitoring progress and performance.
Patient and Client Council Board Members are chosen from a wide range of disciplines and represent numerous areas of expertise.
Our board are responsible for:
- Setting our strategic direction.
- Monitoring our performance.
- Ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance and personal behaviour.
- Ensuring proper financial stewardship.
- Appointing and appraising senior officers.
- Giving account to local communities.
The PCC board currently consists of 9 members. You can read each member’s profile below:
Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cuddy lives in Dungannon. She is a qualified nurse.
Mrs Cuddy is Chief Executive of the Southern Area Hospice Services (since July 2017). She was a Director of Radius Housing to June 2018 and prior to its formation was Chair of Helm Housing from 2012-2017.
Mrs Cuddy has many years of experience in the health and social care sector. She was the Director of Planning and Governance at the NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) from 2013-2017. She was Director of the NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) until December 2015. She also served as an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI (CPANI) from 2012-2017.
She is a qualified executive and non-executive coach and mentor. She has a Masters in Management and Governance, Business Administration and Education. She previously held the position of CEO of Extern from 2005 – 2012.
Mrs Cuddy holds no other public appointments.
Alan Hanna has taken up a Non-Executive Director position with the PCC from the 1 April 2019. Alan has held several senior management positions in the voluntary sector. He is currently the NI Director of Home-Start UK. He has also served on a number of public boards as a Non-Executive Director including the HSC Business Services Organisation and the NI Fire and Rescue Service. Much of Alan’s work has been in the area of learning disability and he has long personal experience of supporting a close family member with autism and learning disability. Alan has an honours degree in Modern History and an MSSc in Organisation and Management. For the past several years he has undertaken a range of interim Executive appointments with voluntary organisations including Diabetes UK and Belfast Community Circus
Mr William Halliday lives in Ballynahinch, Co Down. He was the Chief Executive of Mindwise, a local mental health charity, until June 2013. He has been very active in the area of raising awareness of mental health issues and Chaired the Human Rights and Equality strand of the Bamford Review on mental health and learning disability. During his time with Mindwise the organisation developed services for young people with mental health issues and older people requiring community support.
Mr Halliday has previous board room experience, having worked in the Southern Health and Social Services Board between 1986 – 2000. During this time he led a multi disciplinary team which implemented the Community Care Reforms for adult services. He has also been a Board Member with the Belfast Carers Centre.
Mr Halliday was appointed as an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner of Public Appointments in January 2018.
Mr Halliday holds no other public appointments.
Patrick (Paddy) Farry has taken up a Non-Executive Director position with the PCC from the 1 April 2019. Patrick graduated from Queens University Belfast with a degree in Business Administration. Following Post Graduate studies, he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1987 and has worked in professional practice ever since. Since 1992 Patrick has been a partner in McGuire + Farry, Chartered Certified Accountants and business advisors based in Carryduff, Belfast. Patrick specialises in taxation and general business advisory across a wide spectrum of business sectors.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Keys Premium Finance Limited, a finance company operating throughout UK and Ireland.
From 1994 to 2017 Patrick was Honorary Treasurer of NIACRO, a voluntary organisation working to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities.
For six years, retiring in 2016, Patrick was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Commission for Victims and Survivors.
Married with two children, Patrick lists family and golf as his main interests outside work.
Mrs Joan McEwan currently works with Marie Curie in Northern Ireland as Head of Policy and Public Affairs. She has experience in the field of health and social care especially within the area of end of life care. She has experience of working in partnership with the public and third sectors to meet the needs of patients. Through Marie Curie, Mrs McEwan sits on the Long Term Conditions Alliance.
Mrs McEwan is a member of the Lisburn Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Committee.
Mrs McEwan’s background in banking has provided her with extensive financial management skills in managing budgets, investment programmes as well as governance and risk management.
Mrs McEwan is also a Non Executive member of the Department of Education Board and Chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
The panel does not feel that her role in Marie Curie would be a conflict of interest, however, on occasion she may have to withdraw from discussion/votes if appropriate.
Mrs McEwan holds no other public appointments.
Mr Paul Douglas has 15 years’ experience as a senior manager within the Police Service of Northern Ireland prior to his retirement in 2010. He has extensive experience in developing strategic partnerships and change management within various organisations. He currently serves as a Lay Commissioner with the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, is a Non-Executive Director with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and a Non-Executive Director within the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
Cllr Martin Reilly is originally from County Fermanagh and now lives in Derry. He is an elected representative of Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Cllr Reilly first joined Derry City Council in 2004 and was Mayor of Derry in 2013-2014, during the City of Culture celebrations. He is currently SDLP Group Leader on Council and has chaired various Council committees and repesents the Council on a number of outside bodies. In 2016 he was the National Chair of the Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE).
Cllr Reilly graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2000 with a BA Hons in History and Politics. He was elected by his fellow students as a Sabbatical Officer for Education. A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Cllr Reilly retains a keen interest in improving cancer services for people across Northern Ireland.
Cllr Reilly is a member of the SDLP and holds no other public appointments.
Mrs Séana Talbot lives in Newry, Co Down. She is employed by the Upper Springfield Development Trust as Sure Start Manager. Mrs Talbot is UK President/Trustee of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), and has previously served as Chair of the NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents. She also Chairs the Charity’s Tyrone, Armagh and Down branches.
Mrs Talbot is Chair of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MLSC) in the Southern HSC Trust and in the Belfast HSC Trust.
Mrs Talbot has a range of experience within health and social care and working in both the public and the voluntary & community sectors. She has an allied health profession background having trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for several years before progressing to management roles within the health sector.
Mrs Talbot holds no other public appointments.
Our Board meets once a month. Dates and details of our upcoming board meetings are listed below. If you wish to attend a board meeting please contact our Board Secretary:
Helen Mallen – Board Secretary
Tel: 028 95 361703
Here you can find the agendas and papers for past and upcoming board meetings.