Other Directors and Divisional Directors


Karen Hargan, Director of Human Resources, Organisation Development & Corporate Communications

Karen Hargan, Director of Human Resources, OD & Corporate Communications

Karen is a member of the Northern Trust Executive Team.  She joined the Trust as Director of HR, OD and Corporate Communications on 16 September 2019. A graduate of Ulster University and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she has over 30 years’ experience in HR across the public and private sectors having held a number of senior roles in health, local government, policing and manufacturing.

Karen started her career in the private sector with Desmond and Sons Ltd, a supplier to Marks and Spencer, where she spent 18 years in a range of HR and training roles and led the HR function for five years across NI, the UK and overseas operations in Turkey and Sri Lanka.

After leaving Desmonds, Karen spent two years working as an independent HR Consultant undertaking interim roles in Perfectseal and Seagate and completing assignments for a number of other organisations.

In 2005 she made her first move into the public sector, taking on the role of Temporary HR Director in Homefirst Community Trust during the run up to RPA and the establishment of the Northern Trust. In 2007 she moved to the PSNI as Head of HR and led the implementation of the new district model in the North West.

Returning to health as Assistant Director of Surgery and Anaesthetics in the Western Trust in May 2008, she gained experience in a busy and challenging operational role before moving to local government as the sector implemented local government reform reducing the number of councils from 26 to 11. As Director of HR, OD and Community Planning for Mid and East Antrim Council she led the development of the first Community Plan for the new Council area.

Karen joins the Trust from the Business Services Organisation where she was Director of HR and Corporate Services.

Personal Assistant: Jill McBride, Email: jill.mcbride@northerntrust.hscni.net, Tel: 028 9442 4940.

Phil Hughes, Interim Divisional Director of Community CarePhil Hughes, Interim Divisional Director of Community Care

Phil Hughes MBE was appointed as Interim Director Community Care on 9 September 2016. Phil was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her work with older people who have mental health problems or dementia.

Phil qualified as a social worker in the early 1980s, and has worked in the Northern Trust in children services, acute hospitals, community care and mental health services over the last 35 years

Previously as Assistant Director Mental Health she lead the resettlement programme which reflected Transforming Your Care principles resulting in new community based facilities and the transfer of patients from hospital.

Before this, Phil held the role of Head of Mental Health and Older People Services leading on the modernisation of services for people with dementia, Phil has maximised opportunities for older people to live in their homes for longer through the development of carer support schemes, family training initiatives, supported living schemes. She has driven forward regional developments in relation to Approved Social work and was instrumental in the development of regional standards for Mental Health social work

As an Assistant Principal Social trainer, Phil developed the first post qualifying multi-disciplinary course for social workers, nurses and allied health professionals to support the implementation of community care legislation and care management approaches.

Personal Assistant: Lynda Johnson, Email: lynda.johnson@northerntrust.hscni.net, Tel: 028 9442 4317.

Margaret O’Hagan, Divisional Director of Surgical and Clinical Services

As Director of the Surgery and Clinical Services Division Margaret is responsible for broad remit of services including inpatient and day case surgery, GI and endoscopy, critical care, anaesthetics, theatres, outpatient, specialist dental, cancer services as well as Radiology and Laboratory services.

Margaret has extensive experience working in the acute hospital environment in the Northern Trust as she worked as Assistant Director of Elective Services and Acute from 2009 and Director of Acute Services from November 2012 until the organisational restructure in October 2015.

Margaret is a nurse by background and worked in a number of medical wards in the Belfast City Hospital. In 1995 Margaret became ward sister of a medical / respiratory ward in the BCH. In 2001 Margaret was appointed as Quality and Complaints Manager in the BCH and in 2003 left to take up post as Assistant Director of Nursing in the Mater Hospital. From the Mater she was seconded to the position of Nursing Officer at DHSSPS working directly to the Chief Nursing Officer covering a diverse portfolio which included Acute Services, Cancer and Palliative Care and Quality and Standards. Immediately prior to coming to the Northern Trust Margaret worked in the Belfast Trust as Senior Manager for Patient Flow and Information Management & Technology for Nurses and Midwives.

Margaret has a BSc (Hons) in Professional Development in Nursing and a Certificate in Health Services Management from the University of Ulster as well as an MSc in Nursing from The Queens University of Belfast. Margaret has spent four years as a council member on the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC). In 2001 she received a Travel Fellowship to visit Magnet Hospitals in the USA. In November 2006 she was one of only two people from Northern Ireland to receive a UK wide Leadership Fellowship from the Health Foundation in London and more recently completed the Women’s Leadership Initiative sponsored by NI Chief Executives’ Forum.

Personal Assistant: Mary-Jo Huey, Email: maryjo.huey@northerntrust.hscni.net, Tel: 028 9442 4316.

Wendy Magowan, Divisional Director of Medicine and Emergency Medicine

Wendy Magowan, Divisional Director of Medicine and Emergency Medicine

Wendy has been a registered nurse since 1986 and has worked in various nursing roles across the Acute and Community sectors. She has been employed within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area since 1990. She has held various community managerial roles, most recently employed as Assistant Director for intermediate care and palliative care with lead professional nursing responsibility for the community directorate.

Wendy was appointed to the role of Divisional Director of Medicine and Emergency Medicine in November 2015. The Division covers services across Antrim, Causeway and Whiteabbey hospital sites including Emergency Departments, Minor Injuries Units, Direct Assessment Unit (Antrim), Care of Elderly services, Respiratory, Cardiology, Diabetes, Dietetics, Neurology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Dermatology ICATS, Hospital Social Work and Medical Photography.

Personal Assistant: Michelle McGookin, Email: michelle.mcgookin@northerntrust.hscni.net, Tel: 028 9442 4310.

Oscar Donnelly, Divisional Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Wellbeing

Oscar Donnelly, Divisional Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Wellbeing

Oscar Donnelly, was appointed Divisional Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Wellbeing in June 2015.  Prior to this he was Director of Mental Health and Disability in the Northern Trust from 1 April 2007.

He joined the Health and Social Services from the Housing Executive in 1991. He was Business Manager at North and West Belfast Trust before becoming, Assistant Director of Services for People with a Learning Disability in 2000. He joined Homefirst Trust as the Director of Mental Health Services in 2005.

Responsibilities: General acute, Psychiatry Services (Acute and Community), Psychiatry of old age, Learning Disability, Disability and Sensory Impairment, Acquired Brain Injury, Eating Disorders, Forensic, Challenging Behaviour, Relevent outpatients, Addictions, and Psychology.

Personal Assistant: Moira McMurray, Email: moira.mcmurray@northerntrust.hscni.net, Tel: 028 9442 4321.

Neil Martin, Interim Divisional Director of Strategic Development and Business Services

A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Neil spent several years living and working in France before returning to Northern Ireland in 2003.

He entered the health service through the HSC Management Training Scheme and joined the Northern Trust in 2010 as Project Manager for Acute Service Reform. Neil worked in the acute hospital divisions as Performance and Service Improvement Manager and Assistant Director for Modernisation, Reform and Performance before taking up the post of Interim Divisional Director of Strategic Development and Business Services in October 2019.

Personal Assistant: Mary Frances Bell, Email: maryfrances.bell@northerntrust.hscni.net, Tel: 028 9442 4318

Integrated Care Prototype

Briege Donaghy, Director of Integrated Care Prototype.Briege Donaghy, Director of Integrated Care Prototype.

The Integrated Care Prototype is a new approach to the planning and delivery of health and social care services based on partnership working.  The focus of the prototype is to improve health outcomes for the local population and address inequalities in health.

Briege took up the role of Director of Integrated Care Prototype in October, 2019. Prior to this Briege was Divisional Director of Strategic Development and Business Services.

Prior to this she was Acting Director of Planning, Performance Management and Support Services with responsibility for ICT, Estate Services, Capital Development, Strategic Planning, Performance Management and Contracting with independent providers. She has worked in health and social care since 1983 after graduating from Queens University Belfast.


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