Board of Trustees

Margaret Butler Chair

Margaret has a diploma in Management Studies and an MBA from the Ulster University. She has multinational experience and has worked in retail banking and wealth management in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Australia. Margaret currently resides in London, however commutes back regularly to her home-place, Ballycastle to attend to Hospice business. Margaret's support for the Hospice started in the 80s when she lost some of her friends to cancer. In 2016 she became Chair of the Board of Trustees of Northern Ireland Hospice and is also a member of the Ballycastle Support Group.
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David Clements Honorary Treasurer

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, David was a Partner at PWC, responsible for the Corporate Finance and Strategy of the organistaion. 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. After being retired for just one day, David was approached to support Hospice during the construction of the new Adult Hospice and to help identify the next steps for the organisation. He now hold the roles of Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Trading Company owned by NIH.

Johnny Graham

In his early career, Johnny worked in DHSS developing policy and implementing government programmes in community health services, family practitioner services and the voluntary sector. Prior to joining Hospice, Johnny was head of IT in the Social Security Agency and part of a small team responsible for establishing and implementation of the Welfare Reform and Modernisation programme in Northern Ireland. Johnny joined the Hospice following retirement with a desire to do something useful within the community. Having looked after his parents and mother-in-law in their declining years, Johnny felt that the Hospice could benefit from his knowledge and life experience.

Brian Dornan

A graduate of the Universities of Dublin and York, Mr Dornan qualified as a Social Worker in 1975.After a short period as a Probation Officer, he worked for 35 years in social work and management posts in Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland. He worked at Board level for 20 years, more recently as Chief Executive of Causeway Health and Social Services Trust and as Director of Social Work and Children's Services in the Southern Trust. Each of his posts involved responsibilities for family and children's services and for the discharge of statutory functions in social work. Mr Dornan also has longstanding interest and involvement in developing and promoting integrated working between health and social care.After retiring in 2011 he was, until 2015, an elected member of Lisburn City Council. As a volunteer he was Chair of Action for Children's Northern Ireland Fostering Committee and in 2015 he was co-opted onto its Northern Ireland Committee.

Randal Hayes

Randal qualified in medicine at Queens in 1968. After general training in Belfast and training in endocrinology in the United States I returned to Northern Ireland as a consultant physician in Belfast City Hospital and to an academic post in the Faculty of Medicine at Queens. During his career, Randal has been on the research committee and the executive committee of Diabetes UK and continues to be involved in postgraduate training in ROI through the College of Physicians. Randal developed an interest in end of life care through his clinical practice in the City Hospital. He was on the council of Northern Ireland Hospice from 1989 to 1998 and chairman from 1993 to 1997.
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Andrew Talbot

Mr Talbot is an experienced corporate, commercial and charity lawyer, currently employed by Collaboration NI, NICVA. He is experienced in providing legal support to voluntary and community organisations with extensive knowledge and experience of corporate transactions. Mr Talbot is also a qualified teacher with numerous years’ experience of planning and developing training for diverse audiences.

Anne Witherow

Anne is currently interim Executive Director of Nursing at the Western Health & Social Care Trust, alongside being a mum and a trained Children’s nurse. After having personal experience of a friend’s child who had a cancer diagnosis and the wonderful support received from NI Children’s Hospice, Anne wanted to find a meaningful way to contribute to the work of the Hospice. Through her personal experience, she saw first-hand how Hospice support can help to make a very stressful journey a lot easier and identified the outstanding levels of care and compassion on offer.
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Helen Pallin

Prior to her retirement, Helen was Principal of a Special School for children with severe learning difficulties and is therefore acutely very aware of the needs of families caring for children with complex medical conditions. Helen believed in the difference that a Children’s Hospice would make a difference to these families and children and was therefore delighted to commit time as a trustee in NIH. Helen has been a Hospice Member for well over nineteen years and was a Trustee of the Board for six years (2002 -2008). Following on from that she served on the Board of Trustees as an Advisor. She was subsequently re-elected onto the Board in November 2011. She previously served on the Hospice’s Corporate Ethics Committee and on the Corporate Quality Committee.

Gillian McAuley

Gillian was born in Northern Ireland but grew up in Canada, returning to live in Northern Ireland in 2001. In Canada, she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor working in Commercial and Employment Law. Currently, Gillian holds the role of H.R. Director with the Viridian Group having previously worked with N.I.E. and Power N.I. She is married with two young sons and has a strong belief in the importance of involvement within the community. Gillian was initially appointed as an Invited Trustee to the Board of Trustees in August 2012, and thereafter elected to the Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. She has been a member of the Hospice’s Corporate Staff Education/Development Committee.

Dr Gerry Millar MBE

Dr Gerry Millar was the appointed the first Macmillan GP facilitator in Cancer and Palliative Care in NI. Dr Gerry Millar 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. Dr Gerry Millar currently works as a Macmillan GP Advisor NI.