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Ms Christine Collins MBE

Ms Christine Collins MBE retired from the Civil Service in 2005 and since this time has immersed herself in the world of human rights, equality and advocacy with a particular focus on those living with disability and/or rare disease. Christine was the founding Chair of the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership; and a Patient Public Voice representative on the UK Rare Disease Advisory Group. She is a Northern Ireland Member of the UK Rare Disease Forum and is actively involved in the development and implementation of both the UK and Northern Ireland Rare Disease plans.  Christine was a Commissioner at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 2011 to 2017.  She is currently Chair of the Patient and Client Council and a member of the Duty of Candour Work Stream, part of the Inquiry into Hyponatremia Related Deaths Implementation programme.

Ms Bronagh Scott

Ms Bronagh Scott was appointed to RQIA’s Board in November 2020.  She is a registered nurse, and during her career she has held executive director of nursing roles in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.  In 2015, she was appointed as the nurse adviser to the Expert Independent Panel chaired by Professor Bengoa, tasked with leading an informed debate on the best configuration of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.  Ms Scott is a trustee for the charity United Response, which provides community based services for people with learning disability and severe head injuries across England and Wales.  She is currently working in advisory capacity with the Chief Nursing Officer on Covid19 surge planning.

Miss Suzanne Rice

Miss Suzanne Rice was appointed to RQIA’s Board in November 2020.  She is the current Senior Vice President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Council Member and Chair of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee.  Miss Rice is a specialist solicitor in all aspects of family law, most notably divorce and children’s law, and currently represents the profession in ongoing government initiatives towards improving children’s law services.  In March 2020, she was appointed Presiding Member of the Department of Justice’s Civil Legal Service Agency Appeal Panel.  She holds a public appointment with the Department of Justice, Civil Legal Aids Appeals Panel as a presiding member.

Mr Alan Hunter

Mr Alan Hunter was appointed to RQIA’s Board in November 2020.  He is a solicitor with 30 years’ experience in the practice of law and in public and private sector administration.  Mr Hunter served as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission before re-joining the private sector, where for almost 12 years he held the position of Chief Executive of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, the regulatory and representative body for solicitors in Northern Ireland.

Mr Neil Bodger

Mr Neil Bodger joined RQIA’s Board in November 2020.  He has been involved in international managerial and company finance at senior management for over 30 years.  Mr Bodger has been a panel member and chair of the Education Authority Appeals Tribunals for 20 years, and has worked as a chair of audit and risk management committees for 22 years.  Mr Bodger is currently a member of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and chair of its audit committee, a board member of Libraries NI and a Governor of South Eastern Regional College. He also chairs RQIA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Ms Jacqui McGarvey

Ms Jacqui McGarvey is a qualified Social Worker with over 35 years’ extensive experience working within Children and Families, Adult and Disability Services. Prior to June 2016, Jacqui was Assistant Director in Health and Social Services Trusts involving strategically developing, managing services and ensuring an integrated governance framework was in place. Jacqui previously commissioned services for children and families and was Policy Advisor for Safeguarding. She was involved in Audit of Hospitals for Children with Mental Health/Learning Disabilities for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.   Jacqui has been an Independent Social Work Consultant since June 2016. During this time was appointed by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland to undertake serious case management reviews for children, and as a panel member for National Independent Review Panel for People with a Disability by the Health Service Executive, Ireland.  Ms McGarvey was also an interim appointment for non-judicial panel member of the Historical Institutional Abuse Statutory Redress Board and is currently a non -executive member of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. 

Professor Stuart Elborn CBE

Professor Stuart Elborn CBE is Professor of Medicine and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and a visiting Professor at Imperial College London.  His clinical and research interests are focused on identifying new targets and diagnostics for infection and inflammation in lung disease and developing better therapies for people with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. In these areas he has led in use of digital platforms and artificial intelligence in healthcare delivery.  Professor Elborn currently leads an academic /industry consortium to develop capacity for COVID-19 testing in Northern Ireland.