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Patient and Client Council Board Members are chosen from a wide range of disciplines and represent numerous areas of expertise.

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Professor Maureen Edmondson OBE (Chair)

Professor Maureen Edmondson, OBE, BSc, PhD, FIFST, CSi, FECSS lives in Portaferry. She served six years as the Chair of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee and as Northern Ireland Member of the Food Standards Agency Board. She is a Trustee of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and immediate Past President of IFST.

Professor Edmondson is Chair of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland and of the Board of Governors of Edgehill Theological College. She is a visiting Professor in the University of Ulster School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.

Professor Edmondson was first appointed to the Patient and Client Council on 7th March 2011.

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Mr Brian Compston BA MCIM

Mr Brian Compston lives in Belfast. Mr Compston was formerly Southern Area Manager, Business in the Community and former Head of Domestic Marketing, NIE plc. He was previously a Trustee Board Member of Citizens Advice NI until December 2016 and was formerly a member on the Eastern Health and Social Services Council until 31 March 2009. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Mr Compston holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cuddy 

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Cuddy lives in Dungannon.  She is a qualified nurse.

Mrs Cuddy is Chief Executive of the Southern Area Hospice Services (since July 2017). She was a Director of Radius Housing to June 2018 and prior to its formation was Chair of Helm Housing from 2012-2017.  

Mrs Cuddy has many years of experience in the health and social care sector.  She was the Director of Planning and Governance at the NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) from 2013-2017. She was Director of the NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) until December 2015. She also served as an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI (CPANI) from 2012-2017. 

She is a qualified executive and non-executive coach and mentor. She has a Masters in Management and Governance, Business Administration and Education. She previously held the position of CEO of Extern from 2005 – 2012.  

Mrs Cuddy holds no other public appointments.

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Mr William (Bill) Halliday 

Mr William Halliday lives in Ballynahinch, Co Down.  He was the Chief Executive of Mindwise, a local mental health charity, until June 2013.  He has been very active in the area of raising awareness of mental health issues and Chaired the Human Rights and Equality strand of the Bamford Review on mental health and learning disability. During his time with Mindwise the organisation developed services for young people with mental health issues and older people requiring community support.

Mr Halliday has previous board room experience, having worked in the Southern Health and Social Services Board between 1986 – 2000. During this time he led a multi disciplinary team which implemented the Community Care Reforms for adult services. He has also been a Board Member with the Belfast Carers Centre.

Mr Halliday was appointed as an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner of Public Appointments in January 2018.

Mr Halliday holds no other public appointments.

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Dr May McCann 

Dr May McCann lives in Belfast. Until early retirement she lectured in Social Anthropology at QUB. She subsequently worked in the voluntary and community sector, in education, research and policy work, initially in the women's sector and more recently in the area of mental health. Her research interests include Irish culture, gender, equality and 'involvement and co-production'. 

She is a current member, and previous Chair, of the Bamford Monitoring Group, the service user and carer group moving towards the effective implementation of the recommendations of the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability. Dr McCann is involved as a carer in a range of mental health bodies within the Department of Health, the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency, the Belfast HSC Trust and professional and educational sectors. She sits on the board of Cause, a regional charity providing peer support and advocacy to mental health carers, having served a six year period as Chair.  She was recently appointed to the Special Committee on Human Rights in the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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Mrs Joan McEwan 

Mrs Joan McEwan currently works with Marie Curie in Northern Ireland as Head of Policy and Public Affairs.  She has experience in the field of health and social care especially within the area of end of life care. She has experience of working in partnership with the public and third sectors to meet the needs of patients. Through Marie Curie, Mrs McEwan sits on the Long Term Conditions Alliance. 

Mrs McEwan is a member of the Lisburn Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Committee.

Mrs McEwan’s background in banking has provided her with extensive financial management skills in managing budgets, investment programmes as well as governance and risk management. 

Mrs McEwan is also a Non Executive member of the Department of Education Board and Chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

The panel does not feel that her role in Marie Curie would be a conflict of interest, however, on occasion she may have to withdraw from discussion/votes if appropriate.

Mrs McEwan holds no other public appointments.

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Professor Hugh McKenna 

Professor Hugh P. McKenna CBE, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN is Dean of  Medical School Development at Ulster University. He has over 250 publications including 12 books. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN), Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing (FEAN) and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, (FRCSI).

In 2008, her Majesty the Queen appointed him Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work on health and community. In 2013, he was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Royal College of Nursing and in 2014, he was presented with a lifetime achievement Award at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. In 2009, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing – only the third person in Europe and the fifteenth worldwide to be given this honour. 

Currently, he is an Adjunct/Visiting Professor in universities in Slovenia and Australia and is Head of the Visiting Committee at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His interests include patients as co-producers of research, suicide prevention and the health care workforce.

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Cllr Martin Reilly 

Cllr Martin Reilly is originally from County Fermanagh and now lives in Derry. He is an elected representative of Derry City and Strabane District Council.  

Cllr Reilly first joined Derry City Council in 2004 and was Mayor of Derry in 2013-2014, during the City of Culture celebrations. He is currently SDLP Group Leader on Council and has chaired various Council committees and repesents the Council on a number of outside bodies. In 2016 he was the National Chair of the Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE).

Cllr Reilly graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2000 with a BA Hons in History and Politics. He was elected by his fellow students as a Sabbatical Officer for Education. A survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Cllr Reilly retains a keen interest in improving cancer services for people across Northern Ireland.

Cllr Reilly is a member of the SDLP and holds no other public appointments.

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Mrs Séana Talbot 

Mrs Séana Talbot lives in Newry, Co Down.  She is employed by the Upper Springfield Development Trust as Sure Start Manager. Mrs Talbot is UK President/Trustee of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), and has previously served as Chair of the NCT, the UK's largest charity for parents. She also Chairs the Charity's Tyrone, Armagh and Down branches.

Mrs Talbot is Chair of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MLSC) in the Southern HSC Trust and in the Belfast HSC Trust.

Mrs Talbot has a range of experience within health and social care and working in both the public and the voluntary & community sectors.  She has an allied health profession background having trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for several years before progressing to management roles within the health sector. 

Mrs Talbot holds no other public appointments.

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