Chair and Elected Trustee
A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, David was a Partner at PWC, responsible for the Corporate Finance and Strategy of the organisation. 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 holds the roles of Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Trading Company owned by NIH.
Dr Gerry Millar MBE
Vice-Chair and Elected Trustee
Dr Gerry Millar was appointed the first Macmillan GP facilitator in Cancer and Palliative Care in NI. Gerry 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. Gerry currently works as Macmillan GP Advisor NI. Gerry sees his Hospice volunteer role as supporting all our wonderful staff in delivering expert, holistic and compassionate care to the highest standard to those with life limiting illnesses especially children and all their carers. He is a mummy researcher and amateur Egyptologist and photographer. Great wife, great kids, and a Great Dane, who drools too much to be a therapy dog!
Honorary Treasurer and Elected Trustee
Garth is a former Advisory Partner with PwC having recently retired after more than thirty years in professional practice, the last five spent in the Caribbean Region. A Chartered Accountant and specialist in the area of Restructuring & Insolvency he has held leadership positions within the local PwC Deals practice in NI, the Advisory practice in PwC Bermuda and Advisory & Tax for PwC in the Caribbean. Garth brings experience of working internationally and in local markets adding his professional skills to the Hospice Board.
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. He is also a member of several health and social care steering/working groups tasked with improving the delivery of care to patients.
Mr Talbot is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer - and a specialist in charity mergers, collaborations, and governance. He has worked in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland for ten years and spent seven years with NICVA advising on charity law, governance and partnership working. He currently works full-time in his consultancy business, Collaboration Ireland. Mr Talbot is also a qualified teacher and trainer.
Gillian was born in Northern Ireland but emigrated to Canada as a child, returning to live in Northern Ireland in 2001. In Canada, she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor working in Commercial and Employment Law. Since 2015, Gillian has been the Group HR Director for Devenish, which is in the agri technology field. Prior to this, Gillian worked within the Viridian Group for 14 years latterly as the Group HR Director. 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, Engagement Committee and the Nomination and Governance Committee.
Dave is responsible for accelerating a ‘Digital First’ ambition to deliver organisational change, while also providing strategic digital leadership to the tourism industry to enhance the visitor experience. With over 20 years’ experience in the IT, telecommunications, utilities, financial services and public sectors, Dave’s combination of entrepreneurial drive and business-management skills empower him to translate complex business issues and requirements into commercially and technically compelling propositions. He has an inherent love of all things technical and a passion for the role that technology can play in facilitating and delivering real business change.
Dr Russell Houston
Russell retired in 2016 from a career as consultant oncologist in Belvoir Park and then the Cancer Centre at City Hospital. Principal interests were Head and Neck and Gastrointestinal cancers. As clinical director 1993-2009, he saw tremendous growth in the scale and scope of the service, introduction of audit and clinical governance, the development of the new cancer centre and the start of palliative medicine as a hospital service. Now looking forward to assisting the next stages of Hospice development.
Alan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with over 20 years experience working with clients across a range of sectors. He specialises in providing commercial advice in relation to transformation projects from the initial business case through to delivery and implementation. He is passionate about solving complex problems that organisations are struggling with and wants to help NI Hospice deliver on their ambitious plans. Alan is married with 3 young children and lives in Saintfield. He has a strong belief in community and the need to demonstrate love and support to others, regardless of their circumstances.
Janice is a registered nurse. In a career that has spanned the statutory and independent sectors, Janice spent several years as director of nursing in the independent sector, before moving to the Northern Health and Social Services Board as a Registration and Inspection Officer. She has worked at policy level as a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland and was the Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland from 2009 until April 2019. Janice has held Ministerial appointments as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Northern Ireland Patient and Client Council, as a member of the Central Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee at the Department of Health and as a member of a Nursing and Midwifery Task Group established in 2016.
As an executive director of the Royal College of Nursing Janice led the development of UK wide policy and practice, systems and processes and the development of RCN policy on Nurse Staffing for Safe and Effective Care.
In 2015 Janice was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science at Ulster University for distinguished services to nursing, she received the Nursing Times UK Chief Nursing Officers Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nursing Times Awards in November 2017 and the Special Recognition Award at the NI Health Care Awards in March 2019.