PHA board

Our board of directors is made up of a Non-Executive Chair, the Chief Executive, seven Non-Executive Directors, and three Executive Directors. Executive Directors are employees of the PHA.

Register of interests

The PHA board Register of interests is available here.

Chair and Chief Executive

Andrew Dougal

Andrew Dougal took up the position as Chair of the PHA on 01 June 2015. He was previously Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke from 1983 and prior to that worked for 10 years in Education. Over the last 25 years, he has been a Non-Executive Director of organisations spanning the private, public and voluntary sectors.

He is currently a Trustee and Chair of the HR Committee of the UK Health Forum. He is a former Trustee and Treasurer of the World Heart Federation and a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Northern Ireland.


Olive Macleod

Olive Macleod
Interim Chief Executive 

Olive Macleod OBE joined PHA as Interim Chief Executive in March 2020.

Olive qualified as a registered nurse in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin and a registered midwife in the Lanarkshire School of Midwifery, Scotland. She spend 14 years in Canada at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and Kingston General Hospital as an obstetric nurse, nurse leader and clinical educator.

In 1997 she joined the Mater Hospital, Belfast, as a staff midwife and worked in a number of roles including Assistant Director of Nursing in the hospital. From 2007, Olive was the Co-Director of Nursing in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with responsibility for governance, performance and standards. Prior to her appointment to RQIA, Olive Macleod was director of Nursing and User Experience at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Olive was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2018, in recognition of her services to nursing.


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Edmond McClean
Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Operations

Edmond McClean was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the PHA at the end of October 2016 and has continued as the PHA’s Director of Operations heading the PHA’s communications, governance, business planning and health intelligence functions.

His background includes lead Director supporting the initial development of Belfast and East Local Commissioning Groups from 2007 to 2009 and from 1997 to 2007 he was Director of Strategic Planning and Commissioning with the Northern Health and Social Services Board.


Non-Executive Directors

Billy Ashe

Alderman William Ashe was initially appointed as a Non–Executive Director following a public competition on 13 February 2012 for a four-year period. Alderman Ashe has 18 years’ experience as a local Government elected member. He was previously Mayor of Mid and East Antrim District Council. He has been actively involved in a number of community projects, including those for people suffering with learning difficulties. He currently serves on the Northern Zone Social Investment Fund.


John-Patrick Clayton

John-Patrick Clayton is Policy Officer of the trade union, Unison. 

He has been appointed to the trade union member post on the PHA board.

He is a qualified barrister who has practised both at the Northern Ireland Bar and at the Bar in the Republic of Ireland.




Deepa Mann-Kler

Deepa smallDeepa Mann-Kler is an exceptionally experienced public, private and charity sector Chair and Non-Executive Director, having served on 10 Boards across the UK over the past thirteen years. As Chief Executive of Neon and Visiting Professor for Immersive Futures with Ulster University, she specialises in use of immersive technologies for health. As a TEDx speaker and thought leader she regularly keynotes on the intersection of digital transformation, technical innovation, inclusion, ethics, bias, data and AI. Deepa is author of the first report on race discrimination with policy recommendations for the public sector in Northern Ireland "Out Of The Shadows." As an artist Deepa has a strong focus on public art light installations, notably Light Up Leicester 2020, Lumiere Durham 2019, London 2016 & 2013 in Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture. 




Paul Porter

Paul Porter was initially appointed as a Non–Executive Director following a public competition on 14 November 2011 for a four-year period. He was Mayor of Lisburn City Council from 2010 to 2011 and is an elected representative and member of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. He is currently employed as personal assistant/office manager for Jonathan Craig MLA, undertaking constituency case work, managing budgets and staff. He was formerly employed as a nursing auxiliary (Thompson House Hospital/Lagan Valley Hospital and Seymour Nursing Home) from 1994 to 2000. He will bring to his role on the PHA board his experience gained on Lisburn City Council over the past 15 years representing constituents on health issues.


Professor Nichola Rooney

Professor Nichola Rooney has held senior posts in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust as a psychologist.

She is a member of the judicial appointments Commission for Northern Ireland and chairs the children’s heart charity Heartbeat.

Nichola is also chair of the Northern Ireland branch of the British Psychological Society.


Joseph Stewart

Joseph Stewart is a former Director of Human Resources in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

He took on this post before the formation of the new police service.

Prior to that he was Director of Human Resources at Harland and Wolff and was Director of the engineering employers’ Federation in Northern Ireland. Joseph also served as a member of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland.


Executive Directors

Hugo van Woerden

Professor Hugo van Woerden

Hugo van Woerden is the Director of Public Health and took up post in March 2020. Hugo is a senior public health doctor with over seven years as an executive board member on various public sector and charity boards, a decade in senior NHS management roles and a breadth of experience from over 30 years as an NHS doctor in England, Wales and Scotland. He is passionate about population health, working in partnership with communities and linking with the academic community to find new ways to improve health and well-being.


Rodney Morton

Rodney Morton

Rodney Morton took up post as Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals in January 2020. Previously, Rodney was responsible for co-leading the development of 10-15 year road map for Nursing and Midwifery in Northern Ireland, along with providing professional advice on mental health, learning disability and older people nursing services. In addition, Rodney held policy responsibility for Personal and Public Involvement and led the development of a new Co-Production Framework for the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Sector.

Rodney has over 34 years' experience in a range of practice, managerial and leadership roles in CAMHS, autism, adult mental health, addictions, psychological therapies, older people, public mental health and Primary Care Services.

Rodney also led the development of the regional 'You in Mind' Mental Health Care Pathways Programme, Regional Mental Health and Psychological Therapies Training Programme for Northern Ireland. Rodney is also an improvement science enthusiast and has been promoting and building quality improvement capability across the Nursing and AHP Services.