Four local people have been reappointed to three Health and Social Care Trusts from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2024.

Geraldine Donaghy and Martin McDonald have been reappointed to the Southern HSC Trust. Gerard McGivern has been reappointed to the Northern HSC Trust and Joan O’Hagan has been reappointed to the South Eastern HSC Trust.

Health Minister Robin Swann announced the reappointments today. The reappointments are all Lay Member positions.

The Non-Executive Director position within HSC Trusts attracts a remuneration of £8,283 per annum and carries a time commitment of one day per week.

Geraldine Donaghy.

Geraldine Donaghy was formerly Chief Executive of the Confederation of Community Groups, Newry and Mourne and previously served as a Commissioner on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.  Geraldine has wide experience of the voluntary and public sectors with an interest and experience in governance and regulation.  She is a Member of the Complaints Committee of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA) Ireland.  Geraldine currently holds one other Ministerial public appointment as a Non-Executive Member of the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, appointed December 2019.

Martin McDonald.

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 Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme. Martin is recognised as a key figure in the development and implementation of major rural development initiatives. He joined the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council as Chief Executive in 1999 and retired in 2011.   He was a member of the Northern Ireland Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 and acted as Interim Chair between 2013 and 2016.  Martin served as a Non-Executive Director on the Northern Ireland Fisheries Harbour Authority between 2012 and 2020. He is a former Director and Chair of Newry Credit Union. Martin currently holds one other Ministerial public appointment as Chair of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, appointed June 2019.

Gerard McGivern.

Gerard McGivern is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MSc in Local Economic Development from the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Fellow to the Institute of Economic Development.  He played a lead role in building Banbridge Enterprises Ltd, and in the 1990s established the Development Directorate at Banbridge District Council, with responsibility for economic development, tourism and corporate marketing.  Gerard served as Director of District Development with Newry & Mourne District Council, with responsibility for economic development and tourism, community services, sports, arts, museum and language services from 2000 to 2015.  During this period he also pioneered a series of cross border economic development initiatives which culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Newry & Mourne District Council and Louth Local Authorities in 2011. He is also Vice Chairman of Banbridge District Enterprises Ltd. Gerard currently holds one other Ministerial public appointment as Chair of the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland, appointed 2015.

Joan O'Hagan.

Mrs Joan O’Hagan has had a long and varied career in both the public and voluntary sector.  After training as a nurse, midwife and then health visitor working in primary care, the community, the acute sector and for the Department of Health, Joan became the Director of Nursing and Community Health in Newry and Mourne Trust  from 1995- 2007.  Following this, she worked for Asthma UK as the Director in Northern Ireland from 2007- 2015. Joan was also an independent member of the Policing Board Northern Ireland from 2011-2015.  Joan has a particular interest in Governance issues, leadership development and human rights in the healthcare sector.

The HSC Trusts were 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 care services, namely the HSCB. 

Each Trust Board comprises five Executive Directors, including the Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Chair and seven Non-Executive Members.

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