Corporate Management Team

The three Directorates within Hospice are supported by a Corporate Management Team, comprising of departmental heads. It is the role of the individual Head of Departments to work collectively to manage the day to day functions of Hospice, managing our services, our corporate functions and our academic and research activities.

Claire Moles Head of Communications, Digital Marketing and Brand Management

With over 15 years focused experience in the areas of domestic and international marketing, public affairs, PR and communications, digital development and brand management, Claire has worked across private, joint public private, voluntary, education and health sectors. Working for several years in the positioning of Belfast as an international conference destination with Visit Belfast, Claire joined the preopening team at Titanic Belfast as Director of Marketing in 2011. Developing the brand and marketing strategy, implementing a strategic sales drive and proactive global positioning activities, Claire was the lead international spokesperson for this major private/ public investment project. Building on her capital project positioning experience, Claire joined NI Hospice in 2014, managing the organisation’s communications needs at the time of the major capital rebuild of the adult Hospice. After an organisation restructure in 2016, Claire took up the newly created role of Head of Communications, Digital Development and Brand Management, focused on prioritising the internal and external engagement needs of the organisation and the protection and development of the digital and brand needs of Hospice.

Patricia Deane Head of People & Development

Patricia’s looks forward to contributing to the success of NI Hospice and will focus on harnessing and developing the talents and ambitions of our staff and volunteers. She will be leading the people agenda for NIH over the next few years, with a particular emphasis on ensuring the organisation develops the right structures, systems and processes necessary for our sustainability. Patricia sees first class leadership and people management as key priorities and believes we get the best from people through coaching and supporting managers to develop their skills and creating a culture where we can all thrive and grow.
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Beverley Kernoghan Head of Corporate Governance & Policy

Prior to joining NI Hospice, Beverley held the role of Business Manager with the NI Ambulance Training Centre, focused on the regulatory management of clinical and non-clinical training, internal education and development and the overseeing of statutory and legislative training obligations. Prior to working with NI Ambulance, Beverley held a number of business support and governance roles with the Royal Victoria Hospital, working with the Capital Development, Research and Secretarial divisions. Her experience also spans across both the private sector and media sector. In her current role as Head of Corporate Governance & Policy at Hospice, Beverley supports all directorates and teams in the provision of effective governance. Her role ensures appropriate structures and processes are in place through robust quality governance arrangements, enabling the continued provision of high quality, safe and effective care for patients.
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Neil Fowler Enterprise & Business Dev Manager

Neil graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a business degree specialising in Economics and Operational Research. In 1983, he joined Littlewoods Chain Stores as a management trainee where he trained across the UK before managing stores in Ilford, High Wycombe and Ipswich until 1996. After a period in wholesale management, Neil started up Home Solutions Gift and Homeware Shop (a family operated independent retailer which went on to trade for 17 years). In 1998, Neil joined NI Hospice as a Retail Operations Manager.

Grace Stewart Head of Children's Services

Grace became a Registered General Nurse in 1992 working for nine years in Post-operative recovery and High Dependency in the Belfast City Hospital. In 2001, she joined Hospice as the new Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice opened its doors. Initially working on night duty, Grace subsequently moved into management in 2009, taking up the role of Deputy Manager. Grace has held a number of roles at Hospice including Deputy Manager, Care Team Manager and latterly, Care Services Manager, further enhancing her leadership skills. This continued progression over the years has cemented her passion for the care delivered at Children’s Hospice and her firm belief in the difference the services make to children and families.In late 2016, Grace was appointed as the Head of Children’s Hospice Services, holding responsibility for the delivery of palliative care services to children and their families across the range of care in the Hospice buildings, in the child’s own home, through specialist nursing and wider family and bereavement supports.
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Sheila Duffy Interim Head of Fundraising and Engagement

Sheila has over 20 years’ experience working in the Community and Voluntary sector where as a senior manager she led teams of professional fundraisers for several non-profits in America including the Make-A-Wish Foundation in New York and San Francisco. Upon moving to Northern Ireland she became involved in Employability initiatives where she was the Head of Employability at Business in the Community. Her role was to develop a strategic focus which involved businesses across Northern Ireland in reducing barriers to unemployment. Sheila returned to her passion of working in income generation when she joined Northern Ireland Hospice in 2017 and is currently the Interim Head of Fundraising and Engagement.