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The Board of Trustees meet quarterly to agree strategy and provide overall governance and leadership for Age NI, based on a shared vision, mission and values, ensuring the charity fulfils its financial and legal responsibilities and promotes best practice.

About the Trustees

Eileen MullanEileen Mullan - Chair

Eileen was appointed Chair of Age NI in December 2013 and has been an Age NI Trustee since 2009.

Eileen also holds Non-Executive Director roles within the third and public sectors: Big Lottery Fund NI, Health and Care Professions Council and Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Eileen runs her own business, Strictly Boardroom and is a consultant, facilitator and trainer on best practice governance throughout Ireland and the UK. She has an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance and an IoD Diploma in Company Direction.

Eileen was winner of the Chairperson of the Year Award at the CO3 Leadership Awards in 2015.

Read more about Eileen in Me and My Job


Carolyn ArnoldCarolyn Arnold MBE

Carolyn is Vice-Chair of  Age NI and has been an Age NI Trustee since 2010. Carolyn is also Chair of the Nominations & Remunerations committee.

Carolyn was formerly the Chair of Consultative Forum for 3 years (a group which works collaboratively with, and in support of Age NI and its purpose is to identify the needs and concerns of older people and communicate these to Age NI).

Carolyn served 22 years as an Officer in the Army until 1995 and then became Regional Welfare Officer in Ireland for Combat Stress / The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society. She retired in 2010.

Carolyn is a member of the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee. She is a volunteer with Home Start and Voices 4 Care, The All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, as well as being Chair of the Community Core Mission Team in her church. She was a member of Newtownabbey District Policing Partnership for 2 ½ years and 6 years on the Liaison Advisory Panel of Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum.


Trevor DillonTrevor Dillon - Treasurer

Trevor is the Treasurer of Age NI and was appointed an Age NI Trustee in 2015. He is Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and is a Non-Executive Director of Age NI Enterprises Ltd and Age NI Trading Ltd.

Trevor is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in Accounting and Business Studies. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He recently retired as Finance Director of Fold Housing Association where, in a career spanning over 30 years, he was responsible for providing a full range of financial and IT services.

Trevor has particular expertise in strategic management, financial planning, risk management and internal control, financial reporting, treasury management, telecare services and voluntary sector accounting.


Robert Grimason

Robert Grimason

Robert has been an Age NI Trustee since 2010 and was formerly the Vice-Chair of Consultative Forum. He is Chair and a Non-Executive Director of Age NI Trading Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of Age NI Enterprises Ltd.

Robert retired in 2006 having worked 15 years as a police officer, partly spent in Canada, returning home to Northern Ireland in 1977 where he spent 30 years as a local business owner and employer in the food and retail sector.

He served for three years as president of Kilkeel Chamber of Commerce and was the founder member of Kilkeel RNLI lifeboat station, where he served as Honorary Secretary for nine years. He is involved with various age sector committees seeking to enhance and improve the lives of older people.


Alan BlairDr Alan Blair

Alan was appointed an Age NI Trustee in 2015 and is a member of the Finance & Resources committee.

Alan is the STEM & Economic Adviser to Colleges Northern Ireland and represents the further education sector on a variety of industry and government bodies. Previous positions include Head of Research and Development with Bombardier Aerospace; Manager of the QUB Aerospace Centre of Excellence, Senior Development Engineer with the Outboard Marine Corporation, Chicago; and Production Control Manager with GEC Turbines.

Alan has also been a member of MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, since its inception in 2007. He also sits on Minister Farry’s working groups on Advanced Manufacture and Agri-Food, and is a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.


Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson

Ken was appointed an Age NI Trustee in 2015. He is Chair and Non-Executive Director of Age NI Enterprises Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of Age NI Trading Ltd.

Ken is an accountant and for over 40 years worked within the media sector, including the role of Finance Director with Belfast Telegraph Newspapers. He has a degree in Economics from Queens University and an MBA from the University of Ulster.

In 2010 Ken moved to the voluntary sector and has held various finance roles with Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, RNIB and the Red Cross. He is also a Pension Trustee of a large UK defined benefit pension fund.


Donald MackayDonald Mackay

Donald was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in 2015 and is a member of the Audit & Risk committee and the Cultures & Values Group.

Donald is a former senior manager in the public sector and was previously a Councillor in Craigavon Borough Council. He holds a MA in Human Resource Management and MSc in Environmental Health Protection & Safety.

Donald currently holds two public appointments as well as being an independent panel member of the Victims and Survivors Service and independent assessor for the Commissioner of Public Appointments in Northern Ireland. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland and was recently appointed to the Board of the Community Relations Council.


Una MacauleyUna Macauley

Una was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in 2015 and is Chair of the Audit & Risk committee.

Una recently retired from her position as Co-Director of Older People's Services at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. A Social Worker by profession, she has experience in the provision and management of services to older people and those with a physical disability including financial and human resource management, commissioning and contracting, as well as social care governance and performance management.

Una is a Trustee on the Board of Extra Care NI, a voluntary domiciliary care organisation. She is also Honorary Secretary on the Board of the Belfast Charitable Society (Clifton House), a voluntary Residential Care Home and Heritage Centre.


Colin Flinn

Colin Flinn

Colin was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in June 2016 and is a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility group. He is also Chair of the Consultative Forum and a Peer Facilitator with Age NI.

Colin is a retired solicitor and sits on the boards of Shopmobility Belfast and Cara-Friend, having also served for five years as a trustee of Community Change and two years as the inaugural Chair of Helplines Network NI, a network of almost 30 helplines, of which Age NI is a member.

Colin brings to Age NI a lifetime of experience in advocacy for the rights of others, grounded in hearing their voiced needs throughout his professional career and through his continuing work in human rights and equality.


Roisin McLaughlin

Dr Roisin McLaughlin

Roisin was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in September 2016 and is a member of the Audit & Risk committee.

Roisin McLaughlin has worked at the Utility Regulator since 2008, in a variety of roles. Before that she worked at the Electoral Commission in a regulatory compliance role and in London for the Consumer Council for Postal Services, where she managed the policy team advocating for consumers in relation to pricing and competition issues.

She holds an honours degree in Government and Law and a Doctorate of Philosophy, both from the University of Ulster.

Roisin brings to Age NI a strong background in consumer advocacy, including for older people, and her experience in governance and policy development.


Patricia Davey

Patricia Davey

Patricia was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in September 2016 and is a member of the Finance & Resources committee and Nominations & Remunerations committee.

Patricia has worked at BBC Northern Ireland for almost 20 years in a number of roles, with experience in project management and systems development, business planning, communications, corporate governance and accountability. She has extensive experience in public engagement with multiple stakeholders, and with BBC audiences and licence-fee payers in particular.

Patricia commenced her career in the banking sector and has been involved in a number of community, voluntary and youth projects at a local level.

Patricia holds a BA Honours Business degree, Certificate in Marketing and an MBA from Queen’s University, Belfast.

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Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729