Marie Mallon was appointed to the Chair of the Labour Relations Agency with effect from 1 August 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 senior posts within Health and Social Care and was a member of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals for 15 years. She is currently an associate of the Health and Social Care Leadership Centre and also undertakes independent HR consultancy.
Jill Minne is a Strategic Director at Belfast City Council and leads the Council’s organisation change programme. She also leads the Council’s work on addressing poverty and employability and skills and is responsible for delivery of the City Council’s Gender Action Plan. She manages the Council’s Chief Executive’s department, which includes strategic policy and planning, communications and organisational development functions and the City’s Lord Mayor’s Unit. Jill is a member of the Northern Ireland Joint Council and a Board member and Ambassador for the Women’s Fund NI.
Deirdre Fitzpatrick was appointed on the 1st December 2014 as an Independent Member to the Board. Deirdre is a management consultant, and runs her own consultancy practice. She works across the public, private and voluntary sectors, and is very active in training and consultancy work with SMEs. Deirdre set up Northern Ireland's first Business Incubation Centre, and she also established a property management company. Deirdre is a Board Member of NI Consumer Council, and also sits on the audit committee. She is also a Board member of The Gerry Rogan Initiative Trust which works with disengaged young people, helping them back into education, training and employment. Deirdre holds an honours degree in Business with Accounting and MBA from Queens University.
Daire Murphy, who was appointed as an Employee Representative, practised as a barrister across all areas of law for eight years before joining the Law Centre (NI) as a specialist employment legal adviser in 2003. As a specialist employment legal adviser, Daire’s work addresses employment relations issues intensively on a daily basis. Daire is an elected trade union representative, dealing with both organisational and individual issues on behalf of colleagues and is also an accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Mediator, trained in developing relationships and constructively challenging assumed positions in order to work through disagreements and disputes.
Louise Crilly, appointed as an Independent Member to the Board, is a practising lawyer with over 18 years’ experience of legal practice in both the private and public sectors in Northern Ireland. For the last 14 years she has specialised in employment law and is currently the senior legal advisor working in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Michelle McGinley, appointed as an Employer Representative to the Board, is a qualified solicitor who works for Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), a not for profit organisation advising and supporting a wide range of businesses throughout Northern Ireland on employment matters. Prior to joining EEF in 2003, Michelle worked in private practice in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland specialising in defence employment litigation. Michelle also taught at a London Law School. Michelle advises and represents a wide range of organisations before the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals and is an accredited Solicitor Advocate and Mediator with the Law Society.
Alison Millar is the General Secretary of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA). She has overall responsibility for the general work of the union as well as the management of all the staff and finances of the union. Alison is the key representative on many of the civil and public service negotiating bodies. Alison was previously the Deputy General Secretary for NIPSA and had responsibility for major policy issues including Welfare Reform, Review of Public Administration and matters relevant to the Health Service, Education, Libraries, Housing Executive and Local Government. Alison is also the lead negotiator on the Public Service Shared Service Programme which is a cross cutting initiative arising out of the Fresh Start Agreement. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and a member of the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Gary McMichael has been the Chief Officer of the Northern Ireland charity Action on Substances through Community Education and Related Training (ASCERT) since 2001. He formerly served on Lisburn City Council for 12 years and was a member of the NI Civic Forum.
Pauline Shepherd is currently the CEO for the Independent Health and Care Providers (IHCP) which is a membership organisation for private, charity and church-affiliated organisations providing health and care services to vulnerable adults and older people in Northern Ireland. Pauline’s experience includes working at board, chief executive and non-executive director levels in the public and voluntary sectors. Past positions include Interim Chief Executive of the charity Extern, HR Director in NI Water and Director of Finance and Personnel in NI Prison Service. She is also currently a Board member for the Probation Board NI.
Albert 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. Albert 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.