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 has been the CEO of the Northern Ireland Hospice since January 2015. She has held leadership roles in the Charity Sector for over 15 years, leading transformational change, supporting and empowering people to be at their best, elevating performance and driving excellence across all organisational divisions. Using fresh thinking, she leads with authenticity and creativity to ensure the sustainability of fundraising and statutory income. Heather provides transformational leadership and strategic direction, ensuring the focus remains on delivering the highest quality care which is person and family centred. She ensures all legal, regulatory and best practice prerequisites are adhered to ensure the income needed to deliver the hospice services for infants, children and adults.
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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.
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Trevor McCartney Director of Corporate and Business Services

Trevor is a MBA qualified business leader with a proven track record of strategic leadership in the public, private and third sectors. He has worked across many industries including Communications, Technology, Health and Housing and has held senior roles in multiple business disciplines. He is well known for his commercial acumen, ability to design and deliver large scale strategies and change programmes and using innovative approaches to deal with modern business issues. Trevor has specifically moved his career in the direction of the NI Hospice, taking on the role of Director of Corporate Services as he is passionate about improving the lives and outcomes of others and delivering real and meaningful social change.