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Independent board members appointed to Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Monday, 11 October 2010

The Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, has announced the appointment of Dr Catriona King and the re-appointment of Ms Helen Roulston to the Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) Department Board.

Announcing the appointments, Mr McGimpsey said: “The appointment of Dr King and Ms Roulston, as Independent Non-Executive Members, comes at a very significant time as the Department and the health and social care service face a number of major challenges.

"I look forward to welcoming them to the Board and I am confident that we will benefit from the fresh approach and different insights which their particular skills and experience will bring.”

Dr King has been appointed for a three year term and Ms Roulston has been re-appointed for a two year term having already served four years as an independent board member with the Department.

Notes to editors:

1. Dr Catriona King MB BCh BAO MBA

Dr King has had an extensive clinical and senior management career, across the UK NHS Acute and Primary Care sectors; including serving as the National Director of an NHS programme of service delivery and innovation and providing strategic advice to the Department of Health in England and under PHARE funding to emerging states within the EU community.

In addition to her medical qualifications she holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Strategy and Project delivery and has also been involved in NHS Education for some time; lecturing in Risk, Governance and Leadership to Masters Level and serving for many years as an Honorary Tutor at St Georges University of London Medical School.

She has also been a tutor at Henley Management College and Senior Lecturer at the London South Bank University lecturing in management, clinical management and clinical governance. In addition she has worked in Business Consultancy as a Director in Health Advisory Consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers Belfast.

2. Helen Roulston FCIM FIBC MCILT MinstD BA (Hons)

Ms Roulston has been a practising management consultant for twenty five years specialising in business strategy and marketing. She a member of the IoD. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultancy. She is a Past Chairman of the Institute of Management Consultancy, a Past Chairman of Momentum – the Northern Ireland ICT Federation and of the Institute of Directors Business Environment Committee.

She is a board member of Libraries NI and has been a non-executive director of Ulsterbus/Citybus and of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and a board member of the Department of Regional Development - Driver, Operator and Vehicles Licensing Review Body.

After graduating from QUB, she joined Ford Motor Company’s Graduate Management division in its Supply function. She held transport management positions prior to returning to Northern Ireland.

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