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Olive Macleod

Olive Macleod joined RQIA as Chief Executive on 1 July 2016.

Olive qualified as a registered general nurse in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin and a registered midwife in the Lanarkshire School of Midwifery, Scotland. She spent 14 years in Canada at the Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto and Kingston General Hospital as an obstetric nurse, nurse leader and clinical educator.

In 1997 she joined the Mater Hospital, Belfast, as a staff midwife and worked in a number of roles including Assistant Director of Nursing in the hospital. From 2007, Olive was the Co-Director of Nursing in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with responsibility for governance, performance and standards. Prior to her appointment to RQIA, Olive MacLeod was Director of Nursing and User Experience at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Maurice Atkinson

Maurice Atkinson joined RQIA in October 2008 as Director of Corporate Services.  He previously worked as Head of Information Services at the Southern Health and Social Services Board, and has held various management positions in health and social services for over 15 years.

Kathy Fodey

Kathy Fodey joined RQIA in February 2013 as Director of Regulation and Nursing. Before joining RQIA, Kathy was Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, with responsibility for workforce, regulation and education policy development for nursing and midwifery in Northern Ireland. Kathy is a qualified general nurse and midwife, and through her career has held a range of clinical and managerial posts in Northern Ireland.

Dr Lourda Geoghegan

Dr Lourda Geoghegan MB MPH MSc PhD FFFPH FFPHMI, joined RQIA in January 2017, as Medical Director and Quality Improvement Lead. Before joining RQIA, Lourda was Health Protection Consultant at the Public Health Agency.  Dr Geoghegan has a background in internal medicine and public health, and is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.  

Theresa Nixon

Theresa Nixon joined RQIA in October 2005 and is Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability and Social Work. Theresa has a wide range of experience in social work. Prior to joining RQIA she was Deputy Director of Children and Family Services in the Eastern Health and Social Services Board.