BSO Board





 Julie Erskine

Mrs Julie Erskine is also a member of the Board of the Probation Board Northern Ireland and a Committee member of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and the Northern Ireland Local Government Superannuation Scheme, and an Audit Committee Member for the Commissioner for Older People.  Julie has worked in the Healthcare Sector for over 35 years.  She was a Board member and Acting Chair of the Public Health Agency and held the positions of Support Services Director and Operations Director with a Belfast based Healthcare Company. 

 Chief Executive


 Liam McIvor

Before joining BSO in April 2016, Mr McIvor was the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.  He was first appointed to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service in 2001 as its Director of Operations.  He was the manager for ambulatory care at the Royal Group of Hospitals having previously held general management positions in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Liam joined the health service after a career in retail management with British Home Stores.

Liam holds a B.S.Sc (Hons) from Queens University, Belfast and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, from University of Ulster.  He is currently Vice Chair of the Representatives Group for the Northern Ireland Confederation, and a member of the Council of the NI Chest Heart & Stroke Association.


Non-Executive Directors


 Patricia Gordon

Mrs Patricia Gordon had a career in the Health and Social Care sector in Northern Ireland where she worked in strategic planning, information and general management roles.  Patricia was CEO of the Mater Hospital Trust from 1995 - 2003 and the CEO of the South and East Belfast Trust from 2003 - 2007.  In 2008, Patricia joined the Multiple Sclerosis Society as NI Director.  Patricia has served as a member of the Governing Body of Queen's University Belfsat; was a member of the Business in Community Board; and a Non-Executive Director in the NI Prison Service.  She is currently a lay member of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service - Tax Tribunal, a member of the NI Committee for Action for Children, Chair of the Board of Governors at Strathearn School and the NI member of the NHS Pay Review Body.  Mrs Gordon has declared that she has not engaged in any political activity during the last five years.


 Robert Bannon

Mr Robert Bannon has spent almost 30 years in the Insurance industry gaining extensive experience in sales, resource and administrative management, strategic planning, business development and budget management. In recent years he has successfully developed his own consultancy practice specialising in human resource management, organisational development, coaching, mentoring, recruitment and selection. Robert is currently a Lay Assessor with the Commissioner for Public Appointments N. Ireland and a Lay Representative with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. Mr Bannon has declared that he has not engaged in any political activity during the last five years


 Jeremy Stewart

Mr Jeremy Stewart has worked for 29 years in UK professional services and banking businesses, in a range of senior management roles.  He has served on the Executive Committee of a local bank, with leadership responsibility for Private Banking and Wealth Management, having previously been the Managing Director of an investment advisory business.  Mr Stewart has extensive experience in risk and governance oversight within organisations.  He has previously chaired the Trustee Investment Committee for the UK Pension Fund of an international bank and served on various risk and compliance committees, both locally and nationally.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and has an MBA from the University of Ulster, along with qualifications in investment, regulation and ethics.  Mr Stewart has declared that during the last five years he has canvassed on behalf of the Alliance Party, or helped at elections.


 Mark Campbell

Mr. Mark Campbell is a qualified registered social worker with over 30 years' experience.  He established, led and managed the Psychiatry of Old Age Team in North Down and Ards 1994 - 1999 implementing Community Care reforms before appointment to newry where he managed and further developed dementia services in Down and South Armagh.  Mark worked in care regulation as an inspector with the Eastern Health and Social Services Board and Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority from 2001 - 2012 during which time he was awarded an MBA in Health and Social Care Management and the Advanced Award in Social Work.  In 2012 he was appointed Head of Regulation and Inspection by the Isle of Man Government designing and implementing a proportionate and risk-based model of care regulation.  In 2015 he was appointed to judicial office as an Experienced Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for NI.  Mr Campbell was appointed a Council Member with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in 2016.  Mr Campbell has declared that he has not engaged in any political activity during the last five years.


Dorothy Whittington

Professor Dorothy Whittington is Emeritus Professor of Health Psychology in the University of Ulster.  She has published extensively on communication, social skill and quality assurance in health care and other contexts.  She has held executive and non-executive board level posts in the Higher Education Academy, in North Bristol NHS Acute Care Trust and in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.  She is an Education Associate of the General Pharmaceutical Council and acts as a lay member of the Council's panel for the accreditation of University courses leading to qualification in Pharmacy.  Professor Whittington has declared that she has not engaged in any political activity during the last five years.  

Sean McKeever