Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees/Advisers

Northern Ireland Hospice is a registered charity (No. NIC102337) and registered company (NI14817), governed by a Board of Trustees.

This Board is constituted by twelve members from a range of professional backgrounds, who meet every two months to support the Chief Executive and Corporate Leadership Team.

The Board, who are all volunteers, is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring due diligence and legal compliance. Trustees are represented on Hospice's four Corporate Governance Committees.

David Clements

Chair and Elected Trustee

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, David was a Partner at PWC, responsible for the Corporate Finance and Strategy of the organisation. Holding this position for over 20 years, and acting as Chief Operating Officer for a further two years, David took early retirement in 2015, to achieve his own goals of making a positive contribution to society on a personal level. During his tenure he has held the offices of treasurer, Chair of the Trading Company owned by NIH and from October 2019 has been the elected Chair of the charity.

Dr Gerry Millar MBE

Vice-Chair and Elected Trustee

Dr Gerry Millar was appointed the first Macmillan GP facilitator in Cancer and Palliative Care in NI. Gerry is a former Northern Ireland GP of the Year and in 2013 was awarded an MBE for his efforts in community Palliative Care and early cancer diagnosis. Gerry currently works as Macmillan GP Advisor NI. Gerry sees his Hospice volunteer role as supporting all our wonderful staff in delivering expert, holistic and compassionate care to the highest standard to those with life limiting illnesses especially children and all their carers.

Garth Calow

Honorary Treasurer and Elected Trustee

Garth is a former Advisory Partner with PwC having recently retired after more than thirty years in professional practice, the last five spent in the Caribbean Region. A Chartered Accountant and specialist in the area of Restructuring & Insolvency he has held leadership positions within the local PwC Deals practice in NI, the Advisory practice in PwC Bermuda and Advisory & Tax for PwC in the Caribbean. Garth brings experience of working internationally and in local markets adding his professional skills to the Hospice Board.

Andrew Talbot

Invited Trustee

Andrew is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer - and a specialist in charity mergers, collaborations, and governance. He has worked in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland for ten years and spent seven years with NICVA advising on charity law, governance and partnership working. He currently works full-time in his consultancy business, Collaboration Ireland. Andrew is also a qualified teacher and trainer.

Dr Russell Houston

Elected Trustee

Russell retired in 2016 from a career as consultant oncologist in Belvoir Park and then the Cancer Centre at City Hospital. Principal interests were Head and Neck and Gastrointestinal cancers. As clinical director 1993-2009, he saw tremendous growth in the scale and scope of the service, introduction of audit and clinical governance, the development of the new cancer centre and the start of palliative medicine as a hospital service. Now looking forward to assisting the next stages of Hospice development.

Alan Dickson

Invited Trustee

Alan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with over 20 years experience, working with clients across a range of sectors. He specialises in providing commercial advice in relation to transformation projects from the initial business case through to delivery and implementation. He is passionate about solving complex problems that organisations are struggling with and wants to help NI Hospice deliver on their ambitious plans.

Janice Smyth

Invited Trustee

Janice is a registered nurse. In a career that has spanned the statutory and independent sectors, Janice spent several years as director of nursing in the independent sector, before moving to the Northern Health and Social Services Board as a Registration and Inspection Officer. She has worked at policy level as a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland and was the Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland from 2009 until April 2019.

Adele Martin

Adele Martin is currently a senior learning manager at Sky. She is responsible for leader development across the Customer Service Group for over 15,000 employees. Prior to joining Sky, Adele ran her own consultancy business for over 15 years, specializing in executive coaching, leader development and cultural/behavioural change working. Adele is passionate about helping organisations to create working environments that encourages both high performance and employee wellbeing

Joanne Ramsay

Joanne is a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. She has over 26 years’ experience working at a senior level in the Public Sector across both Health & Education in the area of Estate Management. She is currently the Head of Facilities and Assets for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service where she is responsible for the development and implementation of the overall Estate Strategy for the service.

Martin Murphy

Chair and Elected Trustee

Martin graduated from University of Ulster with a degree in Business, Finance and Investment in 2003 and immediately went on to pursue a career in banking with Ulster Bank. Having worked predominantly in the retail branch area with various management posts he moved to an operations and strategy role in 2016. He currently leads an experience team in the wider Strategy and transformation area for NatWest, Ulster Banks Parent group.

Ian Sheppard


Ian is the former Northern Ireland Managing Director for Bank of Ireland. He is a Chartered Accountant and one of Northern Ireland’s most experienced Corporate Bankers having worked with many of Northern Ireland’s top companies. Ian is also a former Chair of the Institute of Directors in NI. Having personal experience of the difference the staff of the Hospice can make in the care of patients and their families, Ian hopes his skills and experience will add value to the Board and the Hospice.

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