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Patient and Client Council Board Members are chosen from a wide range of disciplines and represent numerous areas of expertise.

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Professor Maureen Edmondson OBE (Chair)

Professor Maureen Edmondson, OBE, BSc, PhD, FIFST, CSi, FECSS lives in Portaferry. She served six years as the Chair of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee and as Northern Ireland Member of the Food Standards Agency Board. She is a Trustee of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and immediate Past President of IFST.

Professor Edmondson is Chair of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland and of the Board of Governors of Edgehill Theological College. She is a visiting Professor in the University of Ulster School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.

Professor Edmondson was first appointed to the Patient and Client Council on 7th March 2011.

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Mr Brian Compston BA MCIM

Mr Brian Compston lives in Belfast. Mr Compston was formerly Southern Area Manager, Business in the Community and former Head of Domestic Marketing, NIE plc. He was previously a Trustee Board Member of Citizens Advice NI until December 2016 and was formerly a member on the Eastern Health and Social Services Council until 31 March 2009. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Mr Compston holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cuddy

Mrs Elizabeth Cuddy lives in Dungannon.  She is a qualified nurse.

Mrs Cuddy provides corporate and business support through Liz Cuddy Leadership Consultancy. She took up post as Chief Executive for the Southern Area Hospice Services in July 2017. She is also a Director of Radius Housing, formerly Helm Housing, of which Mrs Cuddy was Chair 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 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.

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Mr William (Bill) Halliday OBE

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 holds no other public appointments.

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Mr Garrett Martin

Mr Garrett Martin lives in Claudy, Londonderry. He is currently Deputy Director of the Royal College of Nursing, NI, where his duties include deputising for the Director, managing the employment relations department and regional Trade Union joint secretary.

Prior to this Mr Martin was Assistant Director for Medicine and Unscheduled Care with the Northern HSC Trust where he was responsible for operational management and leadership for inpatient medical, A&E and older people services in the Trust. He has also held a number of Nurse Consultant/Senior Nurse positions within the Western HSC Trust.

Mr Martin does not hold any other public appointments.

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Dr May McCann PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed., Dip.Soc. Anth. BA

Dr May McCann lives in Belfast. Until early retirement she lectured in Social Anthropology at QUB. She subsequently worked in the voluntary and community sector, in education, research and policy work, initially in the women's sector and more recently in the area of mental health. Her research interests include Irish culture, gender, equality and 'involvement and co-production'. 

She is a current member, and previous Chair, of the Bamford Monitoring Group, the service user and carer group moving towards the effective implementation of the recommendations of the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability. Dr McCann is involved as a carer in a range of mental health bodies within the Department of Health, the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency, the Belfast HSC Trust and professional and educational sectors. She is currently Chair of CAUSE, a regional charity providing peer support and advocacy to mental health carers.

She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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Mrs Joan McEwan

Mrs Joan McEwan lives in Holywood and currently works with Marie Curie 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 been involved in direct liaison with HSC providers to enhance collaborative working in meeting the needs of the patients. 

Mrs McEwan is a member of the Lisburn Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).

Mrs McEwan’s background in banking has provided her with extensive financial management skills in managing budgets, investment programmes, financial risk management etc.  She has served as District Policing Partnership Manager, which supported the District Policing Partnership. Mrs McEwan has previous board room experience having served the Marie Curie Board.  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.

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Professor Hugh McKenna CBE

Professor Hugh McKenna moved from being Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at Ulster University to lead the development of a new Medical School as Dean of Medical School Development.

He has over 250 publications including 11 books and over £7 million in grants. He is a Fellow of several academies and Royal Colleges. In 2008 he was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE). In 2014, he was presented with two Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Professor McKenna Chairs the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (NIAMH), now Inspire Wellbeing, and the Hong Kong Council's Accreditation Panel. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in October 2016 from Napier Edinburgh University. 

Professor McKenna Chaired the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework for nursing, allied health professionals, pharmacy and dentistry. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas, USA, University of Moribor, Slovenia, University of Technology, Sydney and Trinity College Dublin and Head of the Visiting Committee at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board at King's College London and on the International Research Advisory Board for the Swedish Research Council. 

Professor McKenna holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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Cllr Martin Reilly

Cllr Martin Reilly 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.

Cllr Reilly is a member of the SDLP and holds no other public appointments.

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Mrs Séana Talbot

Mrs Séana Talbot lives in Newry, Co Down.  She is employed by the Upper Springfield Development Trust as Sure Start Manager. Mrs Talbot is Chair of the Tyrone, Armagh and Down branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). She has previously served as Chair and President of the NCT which is the UK’s largest charity for parents. 

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's application has been endorsed by the NCT. Mrs Talbot holds no other public appointments.

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