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Board of Trustees

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 fulfills its financial and legal responsibilities and promotes best practice.

About the Trustees

Dr Raymond James Mullan OBE - Chair

RaymondDr Raymond Mullan OBE has served as Director and Chief Executive on Newry & Kilkeel College of Further & Higher Education until 2007 and was Interim Director & Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College during 2007 and 2008.

Raymond has a degree in Economics and Accounting from Queen's University Belfast and an MSC from Ulster University. He is also a Doctor of Ulster University, having been awarded this by the University in 2006 'in recognition of his distinction in promoting access to further and higher education'.

He has held a number of public appointments including Lay Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission; NI Civil Service Commissioner; Non Executive Director of the Southern Health and Social Services Trust.

He is currently an Independent Assessor with Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPA NI) and is committed to community development as President of WBR Credit Union and life member of Newry Chamber of Commerce.


Patricia Davey

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

Patricia 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.


Trevor Dillon - Treasurer

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


Ken Simpson

TrusteeKen was appointed an Age NI Trustee in 2015 and is a Non-Executive 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.


Una Macauley

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

TrusteeColin was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in June 2016. Colin is a member of the Nominations & Remunerations committee and 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.


Dr Roisin McLaughlin

TrusteeRoisin 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.


David Law

TrusteeDavid was appointed a Trustee of Age NI in June 2017 and is a member of the Finance & Resources committee.

A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, David is a business owner specialising in housebuilding and property as principal of a family business stretching back 115 years. David has led the design and implementation of numerous projects and whole communities across counties Down and Antrim. From over 10 years of Executive Chairman David has strong experience in business planning, strategy, communications, corporate governance and accountability.

David continues applied research into independence, housing for older people and the implications for well-being via a PhD in health economics.

David holds a BSc Honours degree in Land Economics, an MBA (Dist.) from the University of Ulster, a Masters of Research from the University of Strathclyde and is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the IoD.


Kathy Graham

TrusteeKathy was appointed as an Age NI Trustee in June 2017 and is a Non-Executive Director of Age NI Enterprises Ltd.

Kathy has served as a member of the Board of Governors of Annalong Primary School since 2010.

In February 2017 Kathy left her post as Director of Policy at the Consumer Council to set up her own business specialising in public policy, strategic development and stakeholder engagement. Kathy has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Administration and Law, and a MSc in Occupational Psychology.

Kathy has previously held a number of senior positions in the public, private and community/voluntary sectors in Northern Ireland and London.


Dr Gary Mitchell

TrusteeGary was appointed an Age NI Trustee in 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk committee.

Gary is a registered nurse and currently works as a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University Belfast. He holds a first class honours degree, a masters with distinction and a PhD from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. Gary brings a wealth of academic and practice expertise to the board in relation to the care of older people.

Gary was named as an inspirational nurse leader by the Nursing Times in 2015, the British Nurse of the Year by the British Journal of Nursing in 2016 and Student of the Year by Queen’s University in 2017 on completion of his PhD.


Edward Smyth

TrusteeEdward was appointed as an Age NI Trustee in December 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk committee.

Edward works within Health and Social Care as a Clinical and Social Care Governance Manager within Older People and Primary Care services. Over the last eleven years, Edward has developed a diverse vocational background through working in HSC Management and through his former involvement with Citizens Advice, serving as a Trustee and Vice-Chair in his local District for five years and undertaking the Boardroom Apprentice Programme.

With a diverse educational grounding reading law and business, he was awarded an LLB (Hons) degree in 2009 and since then has received several other qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Legal Medicine, a Certificate in Commercial Dispute Resolution (being eligible for ACIArb), the Harvard Business School ‘Credential of Readiness’ and an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance. In addition, he is a qualified Chartered Secretary and Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Prince2 Practitioner.

In 2017, Edward was winner of seven awards, including Best Student in Corporate Governance, Strategy, Chartered Secretaryship and received a prize from The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators for the Best Performance in GradICSA. Edward is devoted to achieving his goals, enjoys resolving difficult issues, and has a strong background in health and social care, clinical governance, risk management and internal control. He has a keen interest in older people services, leadership and patient safety and systems research.


Final Accounts

Age NI's final account reports featuring the Trustees' Report, Independent Auditor's Report, Statement of Financial Activities, Balance Sheet and financial notes.

Age NI Final Account 2018 PDF 19MB 

Age NI Final Account 2017 (PDF 2MB)

Age NI Final Account 2016 (PDF 1.6MB)

Age NI Final Account 2015 (PDF 8MB)

Age NI Final Account 2014 (PDF 6MB)

Age NI Final Account 2013 (PDF 7MB)

Age NI Final Account 2012 (PDF 0.2MB)

Age NI Final Account 2011 (PDF 1.4MB)

Age NI Final Account 2010 (PDF 0.8MB)

For further information on any matters in these documents contact Cathryn Law - telephone: 028 9024 5729 or email:


Last updated: Dec 13 2018

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