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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 Dec 2013. She is Principal Consultant with Strictly Boardroom, a leading NI Governance Consultancy. Eileen also holds Non Executive Director roles within the third and public sectors: Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland, Health and Care Professions Council and the Agriculture and Wages Board.

Eileen’s expertise in governance, board assurance and developing resilient organisations ranges across the private, public and voluntary sector. She is a highly accomplished trainer on best practice and public sector governance and was responsible for the success of the first accredited UK Governance training programme in the UK to prepare people for positions on public boards - 'Get On Board'.

Eileen is a frequent contributor to conferences and events and has presented papers on governance issues and solutions for: PWC 'The Elephant in the Boardroom', the IoD 'Board Appointment or Board Disappointment', and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators 'Asleep on the Job'.

She won the University of Ulster's, First Trust Bank Cup for outstanding achievement for her thesis, 'Does the appointment of Board Members bring added value to the governance of Boards in the public and not-for profit sectors?'

Eileen has an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance and an IoD Diploma in Company Direction. She is an Associate with CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting) in London & Belfast and an Associate with the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Leadership Centre.

Read more about Eileen in Me and My Job

Roisin BurnsRoisin Burns - Vice-Chair

Roisin retired in 2007 following a career in Health and Social Services, most recently as Director of Elderly and Primary Care and Acting Chief Executive of the Craigavon and Banbridge Trust.



Steven LindsaySteven Lindsay - Treasurer

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 retired from the Army in 1995 after serving 22 years as an Officer. During her service she held a variety of posts in Administration, Welfare and Public Relations. For the last 15 years she has worked as a Regional Welfare Officer in Ireland for the charity Combat Stress / The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society caring for ex-Servicemen and women suffering from psychological illness. She retired in 2010.

Carolyn currently sits as a member on the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee and has recently handed over the Chair of Age NI Consultative Forum after serving three years. She is a volunteer with Home Start and Voices 4 Care The all Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care as well as being an active member of her local Church as Chair of the Community Core Mission Team. She has previous experience of committee work having been a member of Newtownabbey District Policing Partnership for 2 ½ years and 6 years on the Liaison Advisory Panel of Newtownabbey Senior Citizens Forum. Carolyn has a passionate interest in the welfare of older people and their right to receive proper care, respect and dignity. 

Robert Grimason

Robert Grimason

Robert was appointed to the Board of Age NI in December 2010.

He retired in 2006 having spent 15 years as a police officer partly in Canada and returned home to N Ireland in 1977 where he spent 30 years as a local business owner and employer of around 30 staff in the food and retail sector.

He served for 3 years as president of Kilkeel Chamber of Commerce and was the founder member of Kilkeel RNLI lifeboat station serving as Hon Sec for 9 years before his Christian beliefs took him as far afield as India where he travelled coast to coast seeing first hand the effects of abject poverty, abuse and neglect on human life.

He serves on various Age Sector committees seeking to enhance and improve the lives of older people and take part in creating a world where older people flourish.

Steve Hare

Steve Hare

Steve is a Senior Civil Servant in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) and currently 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 that Institute’s National Board for 6 years. Steve has also provided HR leadership as Executive Director of HR in the NI Ambulance Service and as HR and e-Business Change Director in the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI).

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. Steve became a scuba diver in his mid 50s and now he relaxes diving regularly in Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea.

Alan BlairDr Alan Blair

Alan is the STEM & Economic Adviser to Colleges Northern Ireland and represents the further education sector on a broad variety of industry and government bodies. Alan is a keen advocate for the role of Colleges in helping to rebalance and rebuild the NI economy through the highly diverse range of services and expertise which they provide to business.

Between 2007 and 2009, Alan also managed the Northern Ireland Review of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning and Department of Education. Alan has continued his association with STEM and has 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.

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. He is a former chair of the Technology Committee of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and in 2009 was elected to Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Alan is married with three sons and lives in Holywood, Co Down. He is a keen golfer and cyclist, with other interests which include classic cars and DIY.

Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson

Ken is an accountant and for over 40 years worked in the media sector, 35 of which were as Finance Director of 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.

Ken has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and enjoys travel and watching sport.

Trevor DillonTrevor Dillon

Trevor is a qualified accountant and 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. As a key member of the Senior Team he played an important role in the organisation’s expansion to become the leading housing association in Northern Ireland.

Trevor has particular expertise in strategic management, financial planning, risk management and internal control, financial reporting, treasury management, telecare services and voluntary sector accounting. The latter has included membership of the housing association SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) Working Party responsible at a UK level for re-writing the guidance to reflect the introduction of international accounting standards.

Brought up in Derry/Londonderry, he attended Edinburgh University where he gained a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in Accounting and Business Studies. He then took up an accounting position in the textile industry with Courtaulds which included a secondment to Moy Park before moving on to the housing association sector with Fold Housing where he spent the majority of his career.

Trevor lives in North Down with his wife Sharon and they are both keen travellers. In the local community, Trevor is a member of the Lions Club and is a volunteer with the Talking Newspaper for the Visually Impaired. He is a pub-quiz enthusiast and a keen follower of Manchester United.

Donald MackayDonald Mackay

Donald is a former senior manager in the Public Sector. He has previously held a position as local councillor on Craigavon Borough Council. Mr Mackay 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. Don 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. Mr Mackay has been involved in a youth organisation for 17 years.

Mr Mackay has experience and knowledge of HR, training and corporate governance. He was a former treasurer for the Northern Ireland branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is a lapsed Chartered Member of the Institute. Mr Mackay is a qualified Chartered Secretary by examination. Mr. Mackay holds a MA in Human Resource Management and MSc in Environmental Health Protection & Safety.

Una MacauleyUna Macauley

Una joined the Board of Trustees of Age NI on 1 September 2015. She recently retired from her position as Co Director of Older People's Services at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

A Social Worker by profession, she has many years experience in the provision and management of services to older people and those with a physical disability.

She managed a large multidisciplinary workforce including medical, nursing, social care and allied health professionals. Her experience includes financial and human resource management, commissioning and contracting as well as social care governance and performance management.

She was Trust lead for Adult Safeguarding and led on many multi agency projects such as reablement and healthy ageing.

Una is currently a Trustee on the Board of Extra Care Ni, a voluntary domiciliary care organisation. She also currently holds the position of 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