Corporate Leadership Team

Reporting to the Chief Executive is the Corporate Leadership Team, of which there are three members; Director of Care and Quality Governance, Director of Corporate and Business Services and Director of Innovation and Commercialisation, with the Head of Communications, Digital Marketing and Branding supporting this team. The role of the Corporate Leadership Team is to drive the organisation forward, to lead new developments, ensure quality of service and best practise and to manage the financial sustainability of NI Hospice.

Heather Weir MSc BSc RN Chief Executive

A qualified nurse by profession, Heather became CEO of NI Hospice in January 2015. As CEO, Heather provides leadership and strategic direction for staff and volunteers, ensuring the focus remains on delivering the highest quality care which is person and family centred. Heather ensures all legal, regulatory and best practice prerequisites are complied with and the income needed to operate the hospice is generated and managed with due diligence.

Debbie Burns Director of Care and Quality Governance

Debbie qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1993, completing an MBA in Health and Social Care in 2002. With over 24 years of experience mainly within the Northern Ireland Health Service, Debbie has been held a wide range of clinical, managerial, executive board and leadership roles. Prior to joining Hospice, Debbie worked with the NHS in England, strategically implementing change initiatives and driving quality care services. Her interest lies primarily in maximising health and care collaboration, seeking ways to improve access and quality of care for service users across the spectrum of home, community and acute services. in early 2017, Debbie joined the Corporate Leadership Team at NI Hospice, taking up the role of Director of Care and Quality Governance, leading both adult and children's care teams.

Aine Gallagher Director of Corporate and Business Services

A chartered accountant by profession, Áine joined Northern Ireland Hospice in September 2014. As Director of Corporate and Business Services, Áine is a member of the Corporate Leadership Team. She leads the Finance, Contracts and Procurement; Business Operations; People and Development; and Corporate Governance and Policy departments in NI Hospice. Áine also co-chairs the Safety Governance Committee and acts as Company Secretary for the organisation. Áine is passionate about providing a high quality and effective corporate support service to colleagues delivering front-line services and fundraising as well as supporting them in terms of commercial advice, project management and reporting.

Caroline McGoran Director of Innovation & Commercialisation

Caroline has a background in corporate finance, investment and commercialisation. Caroline joined NI Hospice in 2017 and is directly responsible for generating new concepts for products and services that will deliver new and sustainable income streams to support the provision of NIH services. This role includes new innovations in fundraising and retail, along with the expansion of education and research services to ensure NIH is at the forefront of advances in palliative care, and is the partner of choice in research, specialist skills development, and education for end of life care. Her key strengths are in idea generation, concept appraisal, development and commercialisation.