NIGALA Board Members
Members of the Board are appointed by The Public Appointments Unit for a 4-year term.
Members of the Board and the Senior Management Team detail any other interests/positions they hold.
The NIGALA Chair and Members of the Board are as follows …
Mr Bernard Mitchell, Chair
was appointed as Chair from 3 November 2011; he was then reappointed to this position until 2 November 2019. Mr Mitchell joined the Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Postgraduate Management Training Scheme in 1978 and remained within the service until his retirement. He has worked in all parts of Northern Ireland and has experience of managing hospital, social care and community services, including ten years as Chief Executive of the former United Hospitals Health and Social Services Trust. From 1 June 2006 until his retirement on 31 March 2011, Mr Mitchell held senior positions, on secondment, in the DHSSPS and the Health and Social Care Board.
Mr Peter Reynolds, Chief Executive
is the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency. He has been a Social Worker since 1982 and has worked exclusively in the area of family and child care. He joined NIGALA in September 1998 as a guardian ad litem and took up the post of Quality Assurance and Training Manager in September 2003 before being promoted to the post of Assistant Director in 2004. Mr Reynolds was interim Chief Executive from 2015 and was appointed as Chief Executive in 2016. He worked for many years in North and West Belfast HSS Trust as a social worker and senior social worker.
Mr Fred Smyth, Non-Executive Director
is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants in Ireland having qualified with PWC Belfast. He has held various senior management roles within Bank of Ireland for over 20 years and has extensive business and retail banking experience, including heading up Corporate, Business and Retail Units across Northern Ireland. Mr Smyth has assisted the full range of private and public sector businesses from start-ups to corporates in gowing their business in both domestic and overseas markets. He is also currently a non-executive member of the Board of Include Youth and a former Vice Chairman of Simon Community NI.
Dr Karen Winter, Non-Executive Director
is a lecturer in Social Work and Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies at Queens University Belfast. Dr Winter is also involved on a voluntary basis with Fostering Network NI. Dr Winter has significant knowledge of social work practice both as a Team Manager within a HSC Trust and as a Guardian ad Litem. Dr Winter holds no other public appointments.
Mrs Gillian McGaughey, Non-Executive Director
is the Education and Training Officer for the Bar of Northern Ireland. Prior to taking up her current post Mrs McGaughey practised as a Barrister specialising in Family & Child Law and lecturered at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, QUB. Until 2016 she was the Chair of the Statutory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society for Northern Ireland and a Legal Services Commissioner. Mrs McGaughey was a Stakeholder member of the NI Social Care Council from 2001 to 2013. She is a member of the Board of Saint Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast and a Director of Belfast Cathedral Enterprises Limited. She holds no other public appointments.
Mr Lee Wilson, Non-Executive Director
has over 20 years’ experience as a Finance Manager in a local Health Trust. He holds an MA in Administration and Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social and Community Development. Mr Wilson is currently a Board Member for both the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, where he is Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee. He was previously a Board Member of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.