Executive Team

In addition to the Chief Executive Martin Dillon, the following people are part of the Trusts Executive team:

Director of Finance, Estates & Capital Planning

Maureen Edwards

Maureen took up the post of Interim Director of Finance, Estates & Capital Planning on 15 February 2017.  Maureen was previously co-director of Financial Management  in the Belfast Trust and prior to that held a number of senior finance posts in the Royal Hospitals and North & West Belfast Trust.  Maureen began her career as an NHS finance trainee in Wales before returning to Belfast in 1998. 



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Bernie Owens

Bernie was appointed as Director of Unscheduled and Acute Care in November 2013 and is responsible for Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Theatres & Sterile Services, emergency departments, medical and cardiology services, neurosciences and imaging, medical physics, allied health professionals and GP Out of Hours service.

Bernie is a registered general nurse having trained in Royal Victoria Hospital specialising in operating department nursing.



Director of Surgery and Specialist Services

Caroline Leonard

Caroline took up post as Interim Director of Surgery & Specialist Services on 20th February 2017.  She is responsible for Surgery, Cancer & Specialist Medicine and Pharmacy & Laboratories Services. Caroline in recent years has been Co-Director for Surgery and Co-Director for Cancer & Specialist Medicine and has over 25 years’ experience in NHS management.




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Aidan Dawson

Aidan was appointed Interim Director of Specialist Hospitals & Women's Health on 1 March 2016. He has responsibility for Royal Belfast Hospital Sick Children, Maternity, Gynae, ENT, Elective Orthopaedics in Musgrave Park Hospital, Fracture Services in Royal Victoria Hospital, Neuro Rehabilitation, Regional Disablement Services and the Dental Hospital.

Previously Aidan was the Co Director in the Trust for Trauma, Orthopaedics, and Rehabilitation Services. 


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Cecil Worthington

Cecil was appointed Director of Children's Community Service in September 2012. He is responsible for Family & Childcare Social Services, Community Child Health, Social Work Training, Regional Out of Hours Social Work Service.

Cecil was formerly director of Children’s Services/executive Director of Social Work in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust from May 2009 to August 2012. Cecil qualified as a social worker in 1978 and during his career has worked with a full range of clinical groups.



Director of Medicine

cathyjacknewmedicaldirectorinternet.jpgCathy Jack

Cathy was appointed as Director of Medicine in August 2014 and has a background in Geriatric medicine. She studied in Northern Ireland before moving to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, she was appointed as a Consultant Geriatrician in 1996 and then Clinical Sub-dean in 2001.

In 2004 Cathy returned to Northern Ireland to join the consultant staff at our Royal Victoria Hospital and in 2008 she was appointed as Deputy Medical Director for Belfast Trust.  

Cathy has responsibility for Medical Education, Risk, Governance, Litigation, Research and Public Health.


Director of Nursing and User ExperienceBrenda Creaney Director of Nursing and User Experience

Brenda Creaney

Brenda was appointed as Director of Nursing and User Experience in January 2010. She is responsible for Nursing and Client support services within the Trust.

Brenda trained at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast from 1984 before moving to London in 1989 where she undertook a range of roles in Neonatal and Paediatric care at the Royal London Hopsital and the Chelsea & Westminister Hospital.

Brenda returned to Northern Ireland in 2000 to the Royal Group of Hospitals working as a Directorate Manager in both RVH and RBHSC.



damianmcalisterinternet.jpgDirector of Human Resources

Damian McAlister

Damian was appointed as Director of Human Resources in May 2014. He is responsible for all aspects of HR, including Adult Social and Primary Care and Unscheduled and Acute Care.

Prior to taking up this post, Damian was Director of Human Resources in the Northern Trust. Before this he held a number of roles in the health sector including Deputy Director of Human Resources in the Royal Group of Hospitals (2005-2007) and Co-Director for Human Resources here in Belfast Trust (2007-2013).  


Director of Performance, Planning and Informatics

Jennifer Welsh

Jennifer took up post as Interim Director of Performance, Planning and Informatics in February 2017.

Jennifer joined Belfast Trust in 2007 and prior to this was Director of Capital Development at Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust .