Extensions to the terms of four non-executive members of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council

Date published: 16 January 2023

The Department of Health has announced extensions to the terms of appointment of four Non-Executive Members of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

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Mrs Brenda Maitland’s appointment as a Non-Executive Lay Member was extended from 1 October 2022 and ended on 31 December 2022.  Mrs Catherine McPhillips appointment as a Non-Executive Registrant Member was extended on 3 November 2022 and will end on a date not later than 2 February 2023. Ms Anne O’ Reilly’s appointment as a Non-Executive Stakeholder Member was extended on 1 December 2022 and will end on a date not later than 28 February 2023. Mr Lee Wilson’s appointment as a Non-Executive Lay Member was extended on 1 September 2022 and ended on 30 November 2022.

The Non-Executive Member positions attract an annual remuneration o £6,979 with a time commitment of 2 days per month.

These extensions to the appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

NISCC is a public body established by the Department of Health to support high quality standards of social work and social care. It regulates workforce standards and promotes continuous training and learning. The NISCC Board currently comprises the Chair, and 12 other Non-Executive Members.

Notes to editors: 

1. Mrs Brenda Maitland is a Lay Member of Council. Her interest in NISCC was prompted by her experience as a carer. She has chaired the Council’s Participation Partnership for four years and is a member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. Brenda has worked in Private and Public sector and has also been involved in voluntary sector. She has an Engineering Degree and worked for BT Northern Ireland for over 25 years in various roles, most latterly as senior HR Business Partner. She has a wide range of experience including Leadership Development, Talent Management, Change Management and Governance and Risk. Brenda has previously held a number of appointments including Board Membership of Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health & Safety Executive. She was Vice Chair of the Labour Relations Agency, Chair of the NMC Appointments Board, and Honorary Secretary for War on Want NI. She is a Chartered member of CIPD.

2. Ms Anne O’Reilly has one other public appointment as a Non-Executive Director Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. This appointment attracts a remuneration of £6,979 and requires a time commitment of 5 days per month.  In the Trust she Chairs the Social Care Committee, with a governance role in respect of Trust Corporate parent responsibilities and wider statutory duties and also takes a lead role on PPI and Carers. Anne is also a Foster Carer and has a long track record of work in the voluntary sector primarily at CEO level and now in a voluntary capacity with a women’s sector organisations. In 2015 Anne was awarded an OBE for services to older people and voluntary sector. Anne’s other roles include Chair of a Regional Unscheduled Service User and Carer Group involved in urgent and emergency care working with key leaders in DOH/SPPG, local Trusts and Primary Care.

3. Mr Lee Wilson has two other public appointments. He is a Non-Executive Board Member of the NI Guardian ad Litem Agency (NIGALA). This position attracts a remuneration of £4,084 per annum and requires a time commitment is 30 days per year.   Lee is also a Non-Executive Board Member of the Labour Relations Agency.  This position attracts a remuneration of £5643 per annum and requires a time commitment of 2 days per month.  He has previously served on the Board of both the Consumer Council for NI and the NI Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA). Lee was previously employed as a Finance Manager in a local Health Trust. He has an MA in Corporate Governance and Leadership as well as a PG Diploma in Social and Community Development.

4. Ms Catherine Phillips is a qualified social worker and has worked in the profession for over 30 years. She has had extensive experience in a range of professional and managerial posts up to her retirement from her post as Head of Primary Mental Health Care for the Southern Health & Social Care Trust in October 2012. Catherine has played a key role towards the development of social work expertise in Mental Health Services. She was an Approved Social Worker and was involved in the training and development of Approved Social Work candidates. Catherine is a voluntary member of the Cruse Bereavement Southern Area Management Committee.

5. Appointments to NISCC are made with the approval of the Department of Health.

6. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.  All appointees have declared that they have not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.  

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