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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 is also a Director of Age NI Trading Ltd.

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.

Read more about Eileen in Me and My Job


Steven LindsaySteven Lindsay - Treasurer

Steven is the Treasurer of Age NI and has been an Age NI Trustee since 2009. He is also the Chair of the Finance & Resources committee, a sub-committee of Age NI.

Steven is Managing Partner of Moore Stephens, Chartered Accountants. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and also the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.

Steven is a council member of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and has also worked at a senior level in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.


Carolyn ArnoldCarolyn Arnold MBE

Carolyn has been an Age NI Trustee since 2010. Carolyn is Chair and Director of Age NI Enterprises Ltd (Commercial subsidiary of Age NI) and a member 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.


Robert Grimason

Robert Grimason

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


Steve Hare

Steve Hare

Steve has been an Age NI Trustee since 2011. He is Chair of the Audit & Risk committee and a member of the Nominations & Remunerations committee.

Steve is a retired Senior Civil Servant and previously Director of HR & Organisational Change in the Department of the Environment (DOE). He was a founder Director of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and member of its national Board for 6 years. Steve is a Chartered Secretary (FCIS) with extensive governance and audit experience. He was formerly the CEO of the Centre for Applied Learning which he established in 2006 to provide training to all NI Government Departments. In 2009-10 he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the United States with a focus on sickness absence.


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 and is a Director of Age NI Enterprises 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.


Trevor DillonTrevor Dillon

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

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.


Donald MackayDonald Mackay

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

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 an Age NI Trustee in 2015 and is Vice-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.

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Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729