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Board Members

  • Claire Archbold
    Claire Archbold
    Position: Chair Relate NI

    Claire Archbold is a barrister employed in Northern Ireland’s Government Legal Service, with a longstanding interest in family and relationship issues. Formerly an academic, her publications include “Unravelling the System: Divorce in Northern Ireland” (HMSO 1996), and she is a qualified family mediator.

  • Heather Stevens
    Heather Stevens
    Position: Vice Chair Relate NI

    Qualified as a solicitor, Heather Stevens joined the NI Civil Service initially as a law reformer, when she first engaged with Relate NI as a key stakeholder in the reform of domestic violence legislation. She then moved into the policy grades where her career involved such diverse areas as Human Rights Act implementation, establishing NI’s first Children’s Commissioner and spells in both Harvard and Yale Universities.  Her first Senior Civil Service position was as Director of Skills and Industry in the Department for Employment and Learning where she developed a passion for workforce development.  This has carried through into her current role as Director of Workforce Policy in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in which she is responsible for a wide portfolio comprising public appointments and a range of workforce issues including pay and terms and conditions; pensions policy; regulation; commissioning of education and training for the health and social care sector; and workforce planning.  

    She also spent four years working in the voluntary sector in England as Director of Programmes at the National Youth Agency and has a strong understanding of the contribution of organisations such as Relate NI can make and the challenges that they face. Heather is also studying part-time for a MSc in Public Policy.

    Married to Alan, she has a sixteen year old son, Jamie.

  • Sean Moynihan
    Position: Treasurer Relate NI

    Sean's background is in Business Planning and Performance Management and he has over 20 years experience across the Utilities, IT and Healthcare sectors. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of marketing.

    Sean is currently supporting the reform and modernisation program within the Women, Children and Families Division of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust across Social Work, Paediatrics, Allied Healthcare Services and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    Sean lives in Derry City, is 45 years old and is married with 2 young children.

  • Aidan Bennett
    Aidan Bennett
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    Aidan is a qualified Company Director with an IOD Diploma in Company Direction and BSc Hons in Advanced Management Practice. He is Managing Partner of both Data Analytics Labs, a specialist informatics company, and Cruarch Associates, a management consultancy practice. He has a strong background in Governance, Risk Management and Assurance, and is a qualified Management of Risk practitioner.

    Aidan also sits as a Non-Executive Trustee Director on the Board of Ulster Supported Employment Ltd (USEL) and brings a wealth of experience to the Boardroom stemming from 20 years of Director level engagements across both the Public and Private Sectors in Healthcare, Finance, HR, Payroll and IOT/Smart Cities.

  • Lindsay Todd
    Lindsay Todd
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    Lindsay Todd was a UK equity partner in PwC for 25 years. He held a number of positions in the firm until his retirement in 2012 from his final role as Head of Tax in Northern Ireland. Lindsay is currently a member of Queens University’s Investment Committee, serves on the Disciplinary Panel of the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board and is Non Executive Chairman of SSAS Solutions (UK) Ltd.

    He is a Committee member of the NI Local Government Officers pension scheme and a member of the Charities Advisory Committee of the NI Central Investment Fund for Charities. He is also a member of the NI Judicial Appointments Commission and a Governor of Sullivan Upper School.

  • Jill Downing
    Jill Downing
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    Jill is a solicitor who has specialised in family law for over 20 years. This includes divorce, children order proceedings both private law and public law. Jill has experience in advising on Domestic Abuse and has undertaken training with Women’s Aid. She is on the Law Society Children’s Order Panel and the Guardian ad Litem Panel to represent children in public law cases. Jill has also trained as a Collaborative lawyer and has worked with Family Mediation NI in promoting mediation. Jill also promotes and refers to child contact centres.

    Jill has been a partner in Magennis & Creighton Solicitors, Whiteabbey for 17 years.

    Jill has been involved with Relate for approximately 20 years. She promotes the role of counselling in her professional role and has supported the organisation in adapting to the  changing needs of individuals. As a Trustee of Relate and former Chair Jill has participated on many interview panels and assisted with the transitioning of new senior management positions. Jill has promoted Relate publicly at launches and conferences attended by the Minister of Health and other Health service representatives.

    Jill is also on the Board of Homestart North Belfast which befriends families with children under 5 years of age.

  • Rosemary Dunlop
    Rosemary Dunlop
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    After graduating with a psychology degree (QUB) Rosemary Dunlop subsequently worked as a counsellor in the Family Court in Kingston, Jamaica 1976-1978.  She worked as a Couple Counsellor with Relate from 1982-2012 and for five of those years also worked as a Trainer.  She was a member of the Boards of Stranmillis (1989-1992)and St Mary's University Colleges (1993-1998) and for many years has served on various Boards and Committees within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

    From 2000-2007 she was a member of the Mater Hospital Trust Board and until the present has been secretary of the Mater Hospital Community Forum.

  • John O'Doherty
    John O'Doherty
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    John was Chair of Relate from September 2013 to September 2016 and was previously Treasurer of the organisation.  John has been a member of Relate’s Trustee Board since 2005.

    John worked for AIB Group (First Trust Bank) in branch network, as Head of Lending and as Regional Director. He retired in 2005 after 39 years’ service. 

    John has extensive experience in Leadership roles, Financial Planning, Risk Management, Team Development and Motivation, Goal Setting and Operational Management.

    John also has a number of Directorships in private companies.

  • Brian Barry
    Brian Barry
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    Brian is a qualified social worker and has recently retired as Director of Specialist Hospitals & Women’s Health in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

    Brian has some 40 years experience in both the statutory and voluntary sector. He has also worked voluntarily within the sector and has held Board level positions with a number of charities and community organisations.

  • Paul Rooney
    Position: Board Member Relate NI

    Paul is currently employed as a Principal Consultant with the Health and Social Care Leadership Centre. He has over 30 years'?experience working in a range of senior management leadership roles across a range of statutory and third sector organisations within Health & Social Care, Criminal Justice and Workforce Regulation.

    He has developed extensive experience in the following areas: Corporate Governance, Social Enterprise, Organisation Development, Safeguarding, Serious Incident Reviews, Service Review, Service Improvement, Policy Development, across a range of programmes of care which include Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability, Day-care, High Risk Offenders, Child Protection, Residential and Supported Living Services, Probation, Children's Disability, Physical Disability/Sensory Services and Brain Injury and Work force Regulation.

    He is passionate about improving Health and Social Care Services and has utilised his experience and expertise through developing practice, social economy, consultancy and training to improve the outcomes for service users within Health and Social Care and Criminal Justice.