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Board Members

Sheelin McKeagney (Chair)

Sheelin is a community pharmacist based in Lurgan and has been a member of CDHN’s Board since 2015. He is currently Chairman of the Pharmacy Forum (NI), the professional leadership body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland. Sheelin is past chair of the Ulster Chemists’ Association and currently represents community pharmacy on the national Legislative Rebalancing Committee. He was previously Chair of the board of CPNI, the Southern Area Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee and was a member of the Central Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee to the DHSSPSNI. He also held the position of Chair of the Southern Local Commissioning Group from 2007 to 2015. Outside of work, he’s a keen (but slow) marathon runner and cyclist, a member of the Board of Governors of a Primary School in Craigavon and represents local businesses on the Craigavon Heart town steering group. He is a member of the SPCA (Shankill Parish Caring Association) board, the charity which manages the Jethro centre in Lurgan and other outreach projects in Lurgan and the local area.

Liam Hannaway (Treasurer)

Liam Hannaway was Chief Executive at Newry, Mourne & Down District Council from 2014 until 2019 and has led the major changes in Local Government reform in the District Council area. Liam had been Chief Executive of Banbridge District Council since July 2007. Prior to that he had been Director of Development within Banbridge District Council from August 2000. Previously, Liam worked for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and held several positions from Principal Policy Officer to District Manager in Ballymena and North Belfast. During this time he also spent two years on secondment with DARD, delivering a Rural Development Programme in the South Armagh Area. Liam is a Sociology and MBA Graduate from the University of Ulster and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He has held Executive positions in SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) and held the position of Chair of SOLACE for two terms, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016. Liam is also Director of Youth Action NI, CINI and Community Development Health Network (CDHN). He has been appointed by the Minister for Communities to the Board of the Arts Council NI in 2020 until 2024. He has strong empathy with community organisations being involved locally with many groups with particular interest in Drama and the Arts.

Lyn Donnelly

Lyn Donnelly has over 30 years’ experience of working in the health sector, beginning in the field of dietetics and nutrition, before moving to work in the broader arena of health promotion and population health. She worked for two years as a volunteer nutritionist in Papua New Guinea, followed by three years with an international Christian mission in Nepal. Returning to work in the southern area of Northern Ireland, she was the area manager for the implementation of the regional public health Investing for Health Strategy for a number of years. Most recently, she held a post of Assistant Director of Commissioning with the regional Health and Social Care Board, working for and with the Southern Local Commissioning Group, a position from which she retired in 2015. Having been a full-time carer for five years, she has a particular interest in the area of dementia and the impact this progressive degenerative disease has on those who are diagnosed with it and their carers.

Dr Sloan Harper

A GP by training, Sloan is a GP Medical Adviser at the Health and Social Care Board having returned from retirement. Previously, he was Director of Integrated Care at the HSCB when his regional responsibility for Pharmacy Services included commissioning the Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme. He led the establishment of Integrated Care Partnerships in Northern Ireland and is Chair of IFIC Ireland, a country hub of the International Foundation for Integrated Care. Sloan is a member of the board of Radius Housing Association and has a longstanding interest in addressing health inequalities and the social determinants of health through systems leadership and networking across communities.

Claire Ferris

Claire Ferris is the Chief Executive of Work West, a West Belfast based enterprise centre which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation both locally and across the North. Over the past 22 years at Work West, Claire has led on the development of a number of flagship projects including the construction of the Social Economy Village which opened its doors in 2008 and was the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. The bespoke space where social entrepreneurs co-locate to start up and grow has played a crucial role in Work West's recognition regionally as a market leader for the provision of social enterprise support. In 2016, Work West opened the thincLAB in the Social Economy Village, a bespoke design thinking and creative problem solving space where innovation training is delivered. Claire holds a BA hons in Spanish, German and Business Studies and a Masters Degree in European Business. Claire is a certified Foursight facilitator and she uses the creative preference profiling tool to help individuals and teams foster innovation across their work. Claire has also undertaken training in USA in creative problem solving tools and techniques which she applies to her work. Claire's work was recognised in 2012 when she was the first woman from Northern Ireland to be awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion and in 2017 she was awarded the Social Innovation Leader of the Year in the CO3 leadership awards. Claire is a board member and former treasurer of West Belfast Partnership board and a former board member of Footprints Women's Centre.

Conor Flanagan

Conor is the Head of Community Development for Supporting Communities, a NI wide Community Development focused organisation which has been in operation for over 40 years. Conor leads a team of 11 staff, who provide support to over 500 community groups & organisations across the country. Conor is part of Supporting Communities Senior Management Team and helps ensure the overall sustainability of the organisation. Conor recently lead a staff team which successfully secured the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) accreditation for Supporting Communities. Conor has recently been appointed to the Charity Commission NI’s new Stakeholder Engagement Forum, which aims to support and improve communications on issues around charity law, regulation and trends. The Forum comprises of a cross section of a range of Charites across NI. Conor has worked for Supporting Communities since leaving University in 2003 and holds a 2.1 BSc in Geography and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Rural Development & Project Management, both from QUB.

Janet Schofield (Vice Chair)

Janet Schofield is the CEO of Compass Advocacy Network Ltd – a charity working with young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues. She has over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, both here and in the North-East of England and has developed and established seven social enterprises. Working with over 450 people mainly in the Causeway Area, CAN is known for innovative practice, offering holistic support opportunities to service users and members though friendship, social/leisure/work/training/advocacy and signposting. As a ‘hands-on’ CEO, Janet has developed and established a number of health and well-being initiatives which are proactive and responsive to the needs of individuals, their families and carers. Most recently Janet secured the licence for delivery of the Josephine & Jack Project in Ireland, promoting positive sexual health and relationships. Janet is an active member of a number of strategic bodies promoting change and sits on a number of groups in relation to Health & Wellbeing policy and strategy. She is a mum of three children at various ages and stages and, up until recently, cared for her father-in-law with Alzheimer's and Dementia so is acutely aware of the importance of education and support. When not at work, she can be found in her garden or on the beach at the North Coast.