Corporate Management Team

The Corporate Leadership Team at Northern Ireland 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.

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.

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.

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.
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Nuala Kilmartin Head of Palliative Care Learning Academy

Nuala joins the organisation with extensive commercial management experience across private, public and the voluntary sector. She has held various senior roles in multiple business disciplines, and is committed to promoting education/industry integration having spent her last 15 years in the further education sector. Nuala has specific experience in stakeholder management, economic development, innovative consultancy/curriculum design, research and emerging technologies. Nuala is taking up the role to lead and develop The Palliative Care Academy (PCLA), with the responsibility of identifying and developing income generation opportunities and developing new business, through collaborative partnerships in high quality palliative and end of life education.