Our Board

Board Members

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:

Christine Collins MBE (Chair)
Christine Collins MBE (Chair) retired from the Civil Service in 2005 and since this time has immersed herself in the world of human rights, equality and advocacy; with a particular focus on those living with disability and/or rare disease. Christine was the founding Chair of the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership; and a Patient Public Voice representative on the UK Rare Disease Advisory Group from its inception until April 2018. She is a Northern Ireland Member of the UK Rare Disease Forum.  Christine has been involved in rare disease for many years and is actively involved in the development and implementation of both the UK and Northern Ireland Rare Disease plans. Christine was a Commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 2011 to 2017. She is currently a member of the Duty of Candour Work Stream, part of the Inquiry into Hyponatremia Related Deaths Implementation programme.
Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cuddy

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.

Mr Alan Hanna

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 (Bill) Halliday

Bill Halliday

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.

Mr Patrick Farry

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

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

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

Martin Reilly

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.

Fiona McLaughlin – Board Apprentice

Fiona lives in Belfast with her family, a cairn mix terrier, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) She had to give up work in the voluntary sector in 2007, and has been volunteering when able since then. Her late mother had a rare neurological illness, which meant she learned a lot about how our health and care systems do and don’t work. She has been involved with the PCC since 2010, working on issues around rare disease, neurology and M.E. She is a former Chair of Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership (NIRDP). Patient involvement in improving services has been her focus, so she is pleased to be placed with PCC as part of her Boardroom Apprentice training.

Board Meetings

The Board meet regularly. Formal Board Meetings are normally held 4 times a year, in locations across Northern Ireland; and are open to the public.  If you wish to attend a board meeting please contact our Board Secretary:

Orlagh Devlin – Board Secretary
Tel: 028 95 361706
Email: orlagh.devlin@pcc-ni.net

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Board Documents

Here you can find the agendas and papers for past and upcoming board meetings.

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