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LRA Board

Marie Mallon

Marie Mallon has been appointed to the Chair of the Labour Relations Agency from effect from 1stAugust 2014 following her retirement from the post of Deputy Chief Executive/Director of HR in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Prior to this Marie held many posts within Health and Social Services including Director of Human Resources in the Royal Hospitals Trust (RTH), Senior Industrial Relations Manager with the Eastern Health Board and Deputy Director posts in the RTH and Central Services Agency.  She also worked with the Beeches Management Centre as a consultant delivering high level management development programmes and providing consultancy services including working with Boards.

Marie was a member of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals and then Employment Judge for 15 years prior to her appointment with the Agency and is currently an independent member of the Board of the Department for Culture, Arts & Leisure (DCAL).  Throughout her career she worked with trade unions and employers on regional, local and national committees and is a fervent advocate for the benefits good industrial relations can bring to both employers and employees and to the wider society.

Marie is an associate of the HSC Leadership Centre.  The Centre provides leadership programmes and consultancy support to Health and Social Care organisations.

Marie has worked on various international projects including being involved in an international action research project partnership with UNISON, hospitals in the Irish Republic, New York colleagues from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals.  She has also worked in Slovakia assisting with improving health care management and workforce arrangements.

She is married with three daughters and one grandson.

Trevor Morrow

Dr Trevor Morrow is the Programme Director of the MSc International Business and the Human Resource Management (HRM) subject coordinator at the University of Ulster’s Department of International Business. His publications have appeared in journals such as The Irish Journal of Management, Personnel Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Long Range Planning, The Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, International Review of Entrepreneurship and The Journal of European Industrial Training. He is co-author of Strategic Human Resource Management: Contemporary Issues (Financial Times/Prentice Hall 2007 & 2011). Trevor has undertaken consultancy work/ research projects for a range of organisations in the public and private sectors: The Northern Ireland Civil Service, Derry City Council, Shorts Bombardier, Seagate Technology, Abbott Industries, Mivan, Wright Bus, Translink, and Caterpillar. He has chaired/co-chaired three major international conferences. He has been an external examiner at 10 universities in the UK and Ireland. He has also served as an employee representative with the Association of University Teachers. In 2011 Trevor took up a post as a council member/non executive director of the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

Neal Willis

Mr Willis has recently retired from the post of Director of Corporate Services at Newtownabbey Borough Council, a role which included HR Management. Prior to this he worked as a Senior Consultant, advising employers on employment law and fair recruitment practices, was Regional Manpower Services Manager with the NI Housing Executive and a Conciliation Officer with the LRA. He now works as an independent consultant in the areas of HR and strategic and business planning.

Lyn Fawcett

Mr Fawcett is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ulster (UU) in Hotel and Tourism Management, and a Member of the Council of the UU Governing Body. Concurrently he is a member of the Board of the Health & Safety Executive. From 2003-2008 he was a board member of Northern Ireland Tourist Board and is currently active in a range of paid and voluntary positions in and around UU, as well as in the Hotel and Tourism Sector. Mr Fawcett is President of the University and Colleges Union in the University of Ulster. His teaching focuses on strategic management, which is applied in consultancy and in running a private self catering business. He has significant experience of employee relations, in advocacy and representing individuals and in negotiating policy and procedures with employers.

Sally McKee

Mrs McKee is currently Honorary Secretary of the Disability Committee of NIC-ICTU and on the Board of Governors of Lakewood Special School and Vice-Chairperson of Glenlola Collegiate School. Mrs McKee was Chairperson of the General Teaching Council NI (GTCNI) 2006-10 and is a past President of the Ulster Teachers’ Union and was a Board Member of the South Eastern Education and Library Board from 2004-06. Mrs McKee holds no other public appointments.

Gordon Parkes

Mr Parkes is HR Director of Northern Ireland Electricity Limited, the electricity networks company owned by ESB and is currently a member of the Employment Affairs Committee CBI (NI) and a member of the Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Steering group. Previously Mr. Parkes has held the position of Director or Head of Human Resources in a number of companies in the pharmaceutical, textile and engineering sectors and prior to his current role was General Manager Group Human Resources of the Viridian Group Limited. He was Chairman of the NI Textiles and Clothing Training Council from 1998-2001. Mr Parkes holds no other public appointments.


Ms Alison Millar is the Deputy General Secretary of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA), the largest trade union in Northern Ireland with over 46,000 members employed across the civil and public services. Ms Millar has overall responsibility for the Public Officers’ Group and for major policy issues including the Review of Public Administration.  She takes particular responsibility for major policy issues in the Health Service and Housing Executive. Ms Millar has held previous appointments as NIPSA’s Assistant Secretary with negotiating responsibility for the Education and Library Boards, Further Education Colleges and District Councils.


Since 2001, Mr McMichael has been the Director and Chief Officer of the Northern Ireland charity ASCERT (Action on Substances through Community Education and Related Training).  He is Co-Chair of Belfast Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team.  Since 2010, he has been a voluntary Board Member of the Voice of Young People in Care, providing strategic direction and governance to the charity.  Prior to that, he was an elected Member of Lisburn City Council from 1993 to 2005, a voluntary Board Member of SALTA Services, Chair of the Lisburn Community Network, and a Trustee of the Northern Ireland Fund for Reconciliation.  From 1999 to 2002 he was an OFMdFM appointee to the NI Civic Forum.

Pauline Shepherd

Ms Shepherd is currently the interim Chief Executive with Extern, a large all-Ireland charity working directly with people affected by social exclusion. From 2005 to 2011, Ms Shepherd was the Human Resource Director for NI Water with responsibility for developing and implementing the company HR strategy. Ms Shepherd’s previous employment includes over 30 years work in the public sector. Ms Shepherd is currently an employer member of the Industrial Court.

Albert Mills

Mr Mills is a trade unionist. From 2006, he was Chairman of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union (ATGWU) Officers Negotiating Committee for Great Britain and Ireland, and played a major role during merger talks between ATGWU and Amicus to create Unite the Union. Mr Mills was a board member with the Civil Service Appeal Board from 1996 to 2010, and with the Northern Ireland Local Government Superannuation Committee from 2000 to 2010.