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 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
Patricia 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
Trevor 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 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.
Ken was appointed an Age NI Trustee in 2015. Ken 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.
Una 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 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
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.
David 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 was appointed as an Age NI Trustee in June 2017 and is a Non-Executive Director of Age NI Enterprises Ltd and Age NI Trading 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
Gary 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 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.