HSE NI board reappointments pen pictures

HSE NI pen pictures

Derek Martin – Chair

Derek Martin was managing director of H&J Martin Ltd. from 2001 until 2015, when the company completed a merger with Lagan Construction Group. During this time, the ompanyc grew from a turnover of £30 million to over £100 million through the development of joint venture partnerships and the diversification of business into facilities management and specialist fitting out. Coinciding with this growth, Derek oversaw the development of and implementation of ISO accredited management systems for health and safety, quality assurance and environmental management throughout the company.

He is a past president of the Construction Employers Federation, a graduate in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Building and a member of the Institute of Directors.

He holds two other public appointments - he is a board member of CITB NI (remuneration £76 per half day) and is one of two Independent Members of the NI Assembly Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee (remuneration £340.37 per day).

Derek took up the role of HSENI Chairman on 1 April 2017.

Billy Graham

Billy Graham was the Chief Operating Officer of Northern Ireland Electricity from 2003 until his retirement in September 2011. Billy had previously held a number of management and engineering roles in the company, including General Manager Construction and Maintenance Services (1996 to 2000), and Managing Director Networks and Customer Service (2000 to 2003). Billy is currently a non-executive director on the board of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (remuneration £8,283 per annum). He has been a member of the HSENI board since 2012.

John Kane

John Kane retired in May 2010 following a career in the public sector with responsibilities for change management, performance management, training and communications. He has been a member of the HSENI board since 2012 and until recently was a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

He does not hold any other public appointments.

Maynard Mawhinney

Maynard Mawhinney currently holds directorships with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, where he also chairs the trust's finance committee (remuneration of £7,960 per annum). He is a member of the College Advisory Group for CAFRE. He also provides agri-food consultancy to BDO and has been a member of the HSENI board since 2012. He is married to Hazel and has two grown up sons. Maynard is keen on hiking, travel and family activities.

Harry Sinclair

Harry is a livestock farmer from Co Londonderry. He was active in Young Farmers for many years and then became involved in the Ulster Farmers Union where he served as president from 2012 to 2014, and then went on to serve as a vice president of COPA, a collective of 57 farming unions from across all the member states of the European Union.

During his time as president, farm safety was one of his priorities, and he was one of the initial drivers in the establishment of the Farm Safety Partnership, of which he is the current chairman.

He is a current member of the Audit and Risk Committee for both the Health and Safety Executive and the Livestock and Meat Commission.

Harry also serves as a board member of the Livestock and Meat Commission with remuneration of £6,486 per annum. He has been a Member of the HSENI Board since October 2014.

Hilary Singleton

Hilary Singleton is a former practising solicitor, Hilary spent her professional career as a legal practitioner in private practice. Hilary currently serves as a board member of the International Fund for Ireland and as a member of the Local Government Staff Commission (for which she receives a daily rate of £123). She is also a director of Mid-Armagh Community Network and was a member of the Compact Civil Advisory Panel. Hilary was appointed as a member of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service on 1 April 2020 (remuneration of £6,202 per annum), she was appointed to the board of HSENI in 2012 and has served as chair of HSENI’s Audit and Risk Committee since 2014 and as deputy chair of HSENI since 2015.

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey has been a self-employed organisational development consultant since 2007. She is also an associate lecturer at Queen’s University and Ulster University, lecturing in Human Resource Management. Prior to this Lindsey had a career in the Home Office.  

She has considerable board experience and a deep understanding of governance issues. Lindsey is a strategic thinker, with strong business improvement and people management skills. Lindsey is a non-executive director on the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority for Department of Health (since 2011) – (remuneration of £6,202 per annum) and is member of the audit committee.  She was appointed as a member of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service on 1 April 2020 (Remuneration of £6,202 per annum). She has been a member of the Health and Safety Executive Board since 1 November 2013.

Tom Wright

Tom Wright retired as acting deputy chief fire officer from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in 2011 after 33 years’ service. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2000 with a master’s degree in business administration and in 2010 successfully completed the Executive Critical Leadership Development Programme at Queens University. 

Tom is a former board member of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and currently sits on the board of governors of Oakwood Integrated Primary School (no remuneration). He has been a Member of the HSENI Board since October 2014.

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