Northern Irish Board

Northern Irish Board

The Northern Irish Board acts as the link between College fellows and members in the province and the College. It also represents anaesthetists within the wider Northern Ireland health and social care structure, including liaising with fellow Royal Colleges and senior decision makers.

Dr Will Donaldson

"We meet twice a year, with the board providing an important link between the College and RCoA fellows and members based in Northern Ireland."

The Board consists of elected Consultant, SAS and trainee representatives, along with regional advisors, a lay committee representative and various co-opted members. It is attended by the President or a deputising Vice President and a member of the College’s senior management team. Guest speakers from relevant healthcare work streams join some meetings.

The current Board members are:

  • Dr Will Donaldson, Chair
  • Dr Darrell Lowry, Head of School of Anaesthesia, NIMDTA
  • Dr Fiona Donald, RCoA President
  • Mr Jono Brüün, RCoA CEO
  • Dr Richard Laird, Regional Adviser Anaesthesia
  • Professor Graham Shortern, Co-opted Member, President, College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland
  • Mr Martin McCormack, CEO, College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland
  • Dr Neal Beckett, Co-opted Member, Association of Anaesthetists
  • Dr Mary Molloy, Deputy Head of School and Deputy RAA Anaesthetics
  • Mrs Mary Lynne Smith, Lay Committee Representative- North West
  • Dr Cheryl Turkington, Elected Consultant Member, Western Trust Representative
  • Dr Sinead McGuirk, Elected Consultant Member, Belfast Trust Representative
  • Dr Killian McCourt, Elected Consultant Member, Belfast Trust Representative
  • Dr Mike Jamison, Trainee Representative
  • Dr Conor Farrell, Regional Advisor, PM
  • Dr Raymond McKee, Regional Advisor ICM
  • Dr Brendan Haughey, Trainee Representative

The Northern Irish Board's regular newsletter will keep you informed of current activities. If you have any related topics for future newsletter please contribute your ideas by emailing the Chair.

Minutes from the past two Northern Irish Board meetings can be found below:

You can find the RCoA Welsh Board's Term of Reference here.

COPES Devolved Nations

The College has developed a process by which it collaborates with other institutions on guidance, known as COPES (Co-authorship, Partnership, Endorsement and Support.) 

More information about the COPES review process for guidance documents, policies and statements which pertain solely to a devolved nation can be found here.