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RCN Northern Ireland Board members

The RCN Northern Ireland Board is responsible for the governance of the RCN in Northern Ireland. The Board meets four times each year. If you wish to contact a Board Member, please email

Fiona Devlin: Board Chair and RCN Trade Union Committee Member

Fiona was elected as a member of RCN Council in October 2013. She was subsequently elected to represent Northern Ireland as a member of the RCN UK Trade Union Committee as from January 2018. Her main area of expertise lies in adult community nursing but she has held posts at staff nurse and sister/team leader level in both acute and community settings, as well as in the independent sector. Fiona currently works for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust as a professional and practice development nurse within community nursing.

During her time as an RCN member, Fiona has been a dedicated activist, representing members’ interests as a steward within hospitals, community settings and the independent sector. She is lead for the RCN Northern Ireland Community Nursing Network, and chair of the RCN Northern Ireland Network Committee.

Andrew Doherty

Andrew Doherty: Board Vice Chair 

Andrew is a registered nurse working as a practice educator for cardiology and specialist medicine at Altnagelvin Hospital. Before this, he worked on the cardiology ward as a band 5 staff nurse and then as a band 6 deputy charge nurse in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

He completed a specialist practice course in cardiology nursing at the Queen’s University of Belfast and is currently working towards the completion of an MSc in advanced practice. 

Andrew is passionate about the advancement of nursing practice and delivering high standards of patient care through continuous professional development. 

Ann Marie O

Ann Marie O'Neill

Ann Marie has 40 years’ nursing experience and has been an RCN activist for over 20 years. Since 2016 she has been the Trade Union Secretary for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. She was voted onto the RCN Northern Ireland Board in 2001 and served on RCN Council 2005 – 2013, during which time she also held office as Vice Chair of Council and Northern Ireland Board Chair.

Roisin Devlin

Roisin Devlin

Since being elected to the Northern Ireland Board in 2012, Roisin has represented the RCN in the development of the NIPEC advanced nurse practitioner framework, contributed written and oral evidence to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission inquiry into emergency care in Northern Ireland, and helped to influence on behalf of nurses and nursing at Northern Ireland political party conferences.
Roisin is an emergency nurse practitioner in the Ulster Hospital within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. As an autonomous practitioner, she sees, diagnoses, treats and discharges patients with minor injuries and illnesses from the Emergency Department.

Roisin has been an RCN member since qualifying in 1994 and a member of the Emergency Care Network in Northern Ireland for around twelve years. She is also a member of the steering group for the RCN’s UK Emergency Care Association.

Cherith Rogers

Cherith Rogers

Cherith qualified in adult nursing at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2011. Her career to date has been spent working within the independent sector in Northern Ireland.

Cherith is currently working as a registered home manager in Banbridge. Her areas of special professional interest include dementia care and palliative care. As a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board, Cherith aims to help raise the profile of the independent sector.

Claire McGuigan: RCN Professional Nursing Committee member

Claire was elected to the RCN UK Professional Nursing Committee with effect from January 2018 and became a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board at the same time. She has nursed in a range of practice settings, including operating departments, medicine, and hepatobiliary and haematology.

Claire also practised as a Macmillan palliative care nurse specialist. She is currently a practice education co-ordinator.

Anne Marie Marley

Anne Marie is a respiratory nurse consultant with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She was appointed to this role in 2004, having practised as a respiratory nurse specialist from 1999.

She works across the acute and community services in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and manages the respiratory nursing team.

Anne Marie has been involved in the development of both the Northern Ireland respiratory strategy and service framework. She was a member of the clinical forum for the European Connected Health Project and her main clinical and research interest is the improvement of palliative care in advanced COPD. Anne Marie was awarded an MBE for services to health care in the 2012 New Year Honours.

Maurice Devine

Maurice’s clinical practice experience relates primarily to learning disability nursing. However, he has practised in a range of different areas, also including mental health, neurology, district nursing, primary care and education. Maurice has extensive experience as a clinician, manager, educationalist and a nurse advisor at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. His most recent post was Assistant Head of the HSC Clinical Education Centre, which has responsibility for the delivery of professional education to nurses, midwives and the allied health professions across Northern Ireland.


Maurice has been an RCN member since qualifying in 1984 and is a founder member of the RCN Northern Ireland Learning Disability Nursing Network. He is looking forward to becoming more engaged in RCN activity during his tenure as a Board member.

Helen McNeilly

Helen qualified as an adult nurse in 2001 and worked initially at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast. In 2003, she started her career in emergency nursing, practising most recently as an emergency nurse practitioner at Antrim Area Hospital.

She commenced a programme in advanced practice at the University of Ulster in September 2017 with the intention of qualifying as advanced nurse practitioner in emergency care.

Helen served as a member of the steering group for the NIPEC framework for emergency care nursing. She is passionate about promoting the advancement of the nursing role and high standards of patient care.

Audrey Harris

Audrey has been an RCN member since 1988 and a registered nurse since 1991. She held posts at Ards Hospital before moving to Belfast City Hospital in 1991, working mainly in the surgical wards. Audrey then moved in 1999 to become a community staff nurse within what is now the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

She undertook the specialist practice course in community nursing before taking up a district nursing sister post in Belfast and, subsequently, in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Audrey has worked as a district nursing sister and primary care team leader. In September 2012, she was appointed to the position of professional lead nurse in community nursing. Currently, Audrey holds an interim general manager post in community services within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Molly Kane

Molly qualified as a registered adult nurse in 1980 and then undertook post-registration mental health nursing training, the field of practice in which she has worked for the majority of her career.

She has held a range of delivery, advisory and strategic roles, most recently as the Regional Lead Nurse Consultant for mental health, learning disability and prison health care at the Public Health Agency, leading the nursing contribution to the strategic direction, planning, commissioning and monitoring of these services across Northern Ireland.

Molly is passionate about the influencing role of nursing as a profession and believes that nurses are central to enabling health and social care transformation in order to meet the needs of the population in Northern Ireland.

Kathryn Gault

Kathryn is a registered nurse working in an older people’s rehabilitation ward in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. She has been an RCN accredited steward and learning representative since 2006.

Kathryn is currently on part-time secondment as an accredited representative for the southern sector of the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

She is Chair of the RCN South Western Branch and was elected to represent the branch as a member of the Northern Ireland Board in 2012.

Eileen Dunlop

Eileen is head of Human Resources and Training with Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland and Wales.

She has worked in various nursing and professional roles since qualifying as a registered nurse in 1990, and has held nursing and leadership roles within the independent sector for 25 years.

Eileen has been instrumental in developing a strong working relationship between Four Seasons Health Care and the RCN, resulting in the signing of a formal recognition agreement. Eileen works to develop innovative ways of engaging nurses with the RCN and values the contribution of RCN Learning Representatives within the independent sector. She is keen to extend this contribution to other representative roles.

Briege Quinn

Briege is a nurse consultant for mental health and learning disability with the Public Health Agency and has worked as a registered mental health nurse in community settings and addiction services for over 30 years.

She became a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board in January 2017.

Briege is passionate about influencing the quality, safety and service user experience in all areas of nursing and is lead for the RCN Northern Ireland Mental Health Nursing Network.

David Ferran

David is a registered nurse currently working in the dermatology out-patients department at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.  

He has more than ten years’ experience as a health care support worker in various roles, including as a community support worker and cardiographer/ECG technician. David was sponsored by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust to undertake pre-registration nursing education with The Open University, via the K101 programme. 

David won the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Student Award in 2016 and has received a number of other regional and national awards, including the British Education Award Northern Ireland regional degree category winner in 2017.

Page last updated - 18/10/2019