Who's Who


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Director of Women and Children’s Services  / Executive Director of Social Work

Chief Executive


Director of Primary Care and Older People’s Services / Executive Director of Nursing 

Non-Executive Directors

Director of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services 


Director of Acute Hospital Services 





Medical Director 


Director of Performance and Service Improvement 


Director of Strategic Capital Development         


Director of Human Resources 

  Director of Finance & Contracting     
  Head of Communications        

Click here to see the Western Trust organisational structures below each of the Directorates.

     Click here to see the Adult Learning Disability Services structure.
     Click here to see the Adult Mental Health Services structure
     Click here to see the Adult Physical Disability, Sensory Services & ASD structure.




Mr Sam Pollock OBE, Chairman


Mr Sam Pollock, OBE took up post on 1 May 2019 following the retirement of former Chairman, Mr Niall Birthistle.


Sam has been engaged in the Criminal Justice System since 1969 and worked in various positions in prisons across Northern Ireland including various senior roles in the Probation Service until he was appointed Chief Probation Officer in South Wales for 7 years. He returned to Northern Ireland as CEO of the Police Ombudsman’s Office at the end of 2000, serving there for 11 years followed by 3 years of being the CEO of the Police Board.


While Sam is conscious that his experience has not been in health, he looks forward to serving the people of the West.

Dr Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive

 Anne is a doctor, trained as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. Before taking up post as Chief Executive she worked as Deputy Chief Medical Officer with responsibility for population health policy in the Department of Health, Belfast.

In 2013/14 Anne was funded by the Health Foundation and supported by the Western Trust to undertake a Quality Improvement Fellowship based at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, USA.  She had the opportunity to study international healthcare systems that have successfully brought clinical leadership, improvement science and system thinking together to transform care. She has a particular interest in the use of IHI’s Triple Aim framework as a means to improve outcomes at population level.

Prior to her fellowship, Anne served for 6 years as Medical Director here in the Western Health and Social Care Trust. Anne has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. 

She is a fellow of both the Faculty of Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in Ireland, where she has served on the board.  


 Dr John McPeake, Non-Executive Director


Dr John McPeake spent the bulk of his career working in the field of social and affordable housing, mostly with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. He joined the NIHE in 1982 as a Graduate Trainee and retired in 2014 as its Chief Executive.


In retirement John has maintained an active interest in housing and he currently holds board roles at the NI Federation of Housing Associations (Belfast), Wales and West Housing (Cardiff), and DePaul Housing (Dublin).


Following retirement John was appointed as an Honorary Professor in Planning at QUB. John is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, a consortium of 14 institutions led by the University of Glasgow, and he also chairs the Centre's NI Exchange Hub.





Mr Sean Hegarty, Non-Executive Director


Mr Sean Hegarty enjoyed a career spanning 40 years within the financial services sector. During this time he worked exclusively for Bank of Ireland across many varied areas of responsibility including, Retail Banking, Commercial Lending, Governance, Risk Management, People Management, Business Development and Strategic Development. He achieved Executive status within his career appointed as MD Business & Retail Banking NI.


In recent years Sean has served as a Board Member of Causeway Institute of Further & Higher Education, Coleraine/Limavady/Ballymoney and he currently serves as a Director of Derry Credit Union Ltd. He holds the roles of Chair of the Risk Management Committee and Vice President of Derry Credit Union.





Mrs Ruth Laird CBE, Non-Executive Director

Mrs Ruth Laird, CBE is a Human Resource professional with particular experience in recruitment and selection, organisational development, equality and diversity across public, private and voluntary sectors. She was formerly Director of the National Trust NI, Director of HR for BBC (NI) and a Fair Employment Commissioner.

Ruth has held appointments as a NI Judicial Appointments Commissioner; Civil Service Commissioner; a non-executive Director of the NI Prison Service and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, a Board member of Business in the Community, an Independent Assessor for Public Appointments and a member of the Council of Ulster University. She is currently a Parole Commissioner (NI), a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, a member of the Civil Legal Services Appeals Panel and an independent Panel member for Police Misconduct Hearings.


Mary Woods Ned

Mrs Mary Woods, Non- Executive Director




Mary retired from Boots in 2014 where she held the position of Head of Region Ireland.  Since then she has been working as a self employed consultant specialising in leadership mentoring , training and team conflict resolution.  Mary is also a Lay member of the Solicitors Tribunal and is on the Board of the General Consumer Council for N Ireland. 



Mr McIlroy NEDMr George McIlroy, Non Executive Director

Dr McIlroy is a former Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, DARD, with responsibility for Veterinary policy and Head of the FMD (foot and mouth) command centres in 2001. He was also Chief Scientific Officer and a Member of the DARD Departmental Board and chaired the Project Team to establish the new Institute, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and became CEO of the organisation on its establishment. Dr McIlroy is currently a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority, a Trustee of the National Museums Northern Ireland and an Independent Member of the TB Strategic Partnership Advisory Board to the DARD Minister.

He also holds a number of voluntary positions as an elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology; an elected Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a long-standing Volunteer for Tearfund Northern Ireland and is Business Development Manager of Come to Life Drama Ministries.

Joe CampbellMr Joe Campbell, Non Executive Director

Joe is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was the City Treasurer of Derry City Council until November 2013 and was the Regional Chair of the Association of Local Government Finance Officers from 2010 to 2012. He is currently an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Special European Union Programmes Body and NI Commissioner for Children and Young People and is the Independent Chair of the Audit Committee of Newry, Mourne and Down Council. Joe is also a Member of the CIMA Conduct Committee and is Chair of the Board of Governors of Belmont Nursery School and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Long Tower Primary School. 

Dr Catherine Mullan, Non Executive Director

Dr Catherine O’Mullan has recently retired as Vice Principal/Director of Curriculum Northern Regional College. She worked for over 30 years in the Further and Higher Education sector where she led the development of strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders including the post primary and business and industry to develop bespoke skills training. Her professional interests include promoting the parity of esteem of professional and technical qualifications alongside traditional qualifications. Dr O’Mullan was a member of the Ofqual Regulation of Vocational Qualification (NI) Committee and the Ofqual Innovation Advisory Board (UK) and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) NOS Steering Group. Most recently Dr O’Mullan was a member of the Expert Group convened to examine the future of qualifications in the north of Ireland and currently she sits on the Board of Trustees of W5, the Odyssey Trust Company and is a Board member of SportNi.  Dr O’Mullan is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Deirdre Mahon, Director of Women & Children’s Services and Executive Director of Social Work









Dr Bob Brown, Executive Director of Nursing / Director of Primary Care & Older People’s Services

Dr Bob Brown has been Executive Director of Nursing / Primary Care and Older People’s in the Western Health and Social Care Trust since September 2017. 

Prior to this he was Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Transformation at South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts and has undertaken a similar role in Torbay and Southern Devon having moved from South Eastern Trust, where he was Assistant Director of Nursing and Primary Care between 2007 and 2013.

Bob is a Health Foundation Leadership Fellow and Florence Nightingale Scholar and his main areas of interest are around service transformation, quality improvement and clinical leadership development.  He is delighted to be back working at home and very much looking forward to being part of the nursing and midwifery contribution to the regional ‘Delivering Together’ implementation plan.

                                                         Geraldine McKay, Director of Acute Hospitals


Geraldine is married to Brian and has four children and lives in Magherafelt but is originally from Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone and has worked in the Health Service for over 30 years. Geraldine has worked in a variety of nursing and senior management posts before being appointed as Assistant Director for Surgery and Anaesthetics with the Western Trust in 2011.


Acute services are provided to the local population from three sites, at Altnagelvin Area Hospital, the Tyrone County Hospital and South West Acute Hospital, with outreach to community settings to ensure local access to services where possible. Services are provided across three divisions:

  • Emergency Care and Medicine Division
  • Surgery and Anaesthetics Division
  • Diagnostic, Cancer and Clinical Support Division.


These divisions are supported by Pharmacy Services and Hospital Sterilisation and Disinfection Unit (HSDU). This structure supports the integration of Acute Services within one whole system of Health and Social Care.


Ms Teresa Molloy, Director of Performance & Service Improvement


Teresa was educated at Queens University, Belfast, where she read Business Administration and Accountancy and at the University of Ulster where she obtained a post-graduate diploma in Operations Management. Previous to taking up her position with the Western Trust, Teresa was the Director of Operations for the Business Services Organisation (BSO) since 2009. She was responsible for a number of areas including: Procurement and Logistics (PaLS), Family Practitioner Services (FPS), Information Technology Services (ITS), HSC Pensions Services and Counter Fraud and Probity Services. Teresa also worked as in the Central Services Agency as the Director of the Regional Supplies services from 1999.

Before her time working in HSC, Teresa worked for Shorts Missiles System as Manager for Supplier Management and Development and was responsible for all supplier contracting, operations purchasing, and development of supplier collaborative arrangements.


Mr Alan Moore, Director of Strategic Capital Development


Alan Moore joined the Health Services in 1981 and has worked in Lisburn, Omagh and Altnagelvin. Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and as the Director of Strategic Capital Development within the Western Health and Social Care Trust is responsible as Senior Responsible Officer for the delivery of all major capital schemes including the redevelopment of Altnagelvin Area Hospital, South West Hospital at Enniskillen and the Enhanced Local Hospital at Omagh.


The total value of the capital projects currently planned and underway within the Western Trust, is in excess of £850m (sterling). Alan leads the Trust Project Team, which successfully delivered a number of key phases in the ongoing Strategic Redevelopment of Altnagelvin Hospital. Alan has also recently overseen the Competitive Dialogue PPP/PFI procurement process and financial close for the proposed new South West Hospital at Enniskillen.


Ms Ann McConnell, Director of Human Resources


Ann McConnell has been in post as Director of Human Resources since June 2014. Ann started work in the Health Service in 1984 in Medical Records, Altnagelvin before moving to Finance and then Human Resources.



Prior to her appointment as Director, Ann was the Assistant Director of Human Resources responsible for Employee Relations, Learning and Development and Workforce Information. Ann is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Ulster. Ann is also a previous Chair of the Healthcare People Management Association (NI) which promotes professional development for NHS/HSC HR staff.  


       Mr Neil Guckian, Director of Finance & Contracting




Neil Guckian took up the post of Director of Finance & Contracting on 12 August 2019. Neil was previously Director of Finance & Estates in South-Eastern Trust for 10 years. Prior to this, he was Director of Finance for 11 years in the Northern Trust area. Neil worked in the Western Area from 1991-1995.








Mr Oliver Kelly, Head of Communications



Oliver has ten years experience working in the public sector leading, developing and managing communications, public relations and marketing activities.


Prior to joining the Trust in June 2007, Oliver was employed as a Communications Manager with the Western Education and Library Board and before that as a Principal Communications Officer with Fermanagh District Council. He graduated in 1997 with a first class Honors Degree in Communications, Advertising and Marketing and completed his MBA in 2006.