Trust Board

The Board of the Belfast Trust is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Trust’s activities.  It is accountable, through the chairman, to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety, and ultimately to the Minister for Health.

It is made up of a Chairman, seven non Executive Directors, five Executive Directors and seven other Directors.  The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety appoints non-executive directors, with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social services and Public Safety.

The Trust Board meets approximately 6 times per year and anyone can attend.

In addition to the Chairman Mr Peter McNaney, the following people are members of Trust Board.


Non-Executive members of Trust Board are:

Dr Val McGarrell

Dr Val McGarrell is a former chair of Fermanagh District Partnership for Peace and Reconciliation, former Regional Manager of the Royal College of General Practitioners NI and was a non-executive of Belfast City Hospital Trust before joining Belfast Trust.

Mr James O'Kane

Mr James O'Kane BA CPFA is a former Director of Finance,and is currently Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Queen's University Belfast. In 2002, Mr O'Kane was appointed Chair of the Belfast Institute of Further & Higher Education, and is Chair designate of the Belfast Metropolitan College. He was a non-executive director of the Royal Hospitals Trust.

Professor Martin Bradley

Professor Bradley was appointed as an Non-Executive Director with effect from 18 May 2015. He has previously held the positions of Chief Nursing Officer in the Western HSS Board from 1997 – 2003, Director, Royal College of Nursing (Northern Ireland) 2003 - 2005 and Chief Nursing Officer within the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety 2005 - 2011. Prof. Bradley is also involved in voluntary work as the Chair of the Down & Connor Committee of the Irish Bishops Drug Initiative, Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and a Trustee of the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy. He is a visiting Professor of Nursing at the Ulster University, a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute. In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for services to nursing in the UK and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast.

Mrs Nuala McKeagney

Mrs McKeagney was appointed as an Non-Executive Director with effect from 18 May 2015 and is currently a Director of Blueprint Development Consultancy Ltd, a consultancy business she co-founded 15 years ago. Prior to this Mrs McKeagney worked as Economic Development Manager within Belfast City Council. She holds a BSc in Economics, a Masters in Business Administration and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. She has served as a director on a range of voluntary boards and is currently Acting Chairman of St. Paul’s Junior High School Board of Governors in Lurgan.

Ms Anne O’Reilly

Ms O Reilly was appointed as an Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 July 2015. She has over 25 years experience as CEO and Senior Manager of a range of voluntary organisations working with older people and women and children. She is a professional foster carer, sits on the board as a volunteer director of two local women's sector organisations, and is also a non executive director of the NI Social Care Council.

Dr Patrick Loughran

Dr Loughran was appointed as an Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 July 2015. He recently held a consultancy post within the Health Information and Quality Authority Dublin. Dr Loughran has previous career experience within health and social care including working as a Consultant Anaesthetist and as the Medical Director for the Southern HSC Trust until 2011. He is currently involved in voluntary work through the St Vincent de Paul Society, and the Southern Area Hospice in Newry

Professor Stuart Elborn

Professor Elborn is currently the Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen University Belfast. He has just completed his term as President of European Cystic Fibrosis Society and will be appointed as a Non-Executive Director (Queens University Representative), with effect from 1 April 2016 for a period of four years

Executive Members of Trust Board

The Executive Team are also members of Trust Board.
Read about the Executive Team