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Non-Executive Directors

Mr Paul Corrigan

Non-Executive Director - Paul Corrigan

Non-Executive Director – Paul Corrigan

Paul graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1986 when he joined Royal Mail and had a 28 year career finishing as the Logistics Director for NI. Paul has been an Independent Arbitrator and Appeals Chair with the Labour Relations Agency since 2002.  He was a Non-Executive Director with the Northern Health & Social Care Trust for the past eight years where he was Chair of the Audit Committee.  Paul is currently a Commission Member with the Local Government Staff Commission, a Lay Member of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and also sits as a Lay Member on one of the fitness to practice committees of the Pharmaceutical Society NI.

In May 2022 Paul was appointed as a Non-Executive Board Member with the Department of Education NI and sits on their Audit and Risk Committee.

Paul volunteers with the leading educational charity Young Enterprise NI.


Mr Phelim Quinn RN, MSc

Non-Executive Director - Phelim Quinn

Non-Executive Director – Phelim Quinn

Phelim Quinn has had a 42-year career in health and social care services in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

He is a qualified Mental Health and Adult General Nurse (UK).  He is also a qualified Health Visitor.    Phelim held several nursing and managerial positions across health and social care services in Northern Ireland.

He was appointed as the Director of Regulation and Nursing at (RQIA) in 2005 where he oversaw the merger of pre-existing structures and establishment of new systems and structures.

In 2012 he was appointed as Director of Regulation and Chief Inspector of Social Services in the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in Ireland.  In 2014 he was appointed as HIQA’s CEO leading on the regulation of health social care services, statutory investigations, service and governance reviews, standard setting and the delivery of Health Technology Assessments for Ireland’s health and social care system.


Dr Philip Graham FInstKT, FRSA

Non-Executive Director - Philip Graham

Non-Executive Director – Philip Graham

Philip holds degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Legal Issues from Queen’s University and Ulster University.  He began his career in the aerospace industry developing expertise in both procurement and contracts. Subsequently in Queen’s University he was responsible for Managing Intellectual Property, Research Contracts, and Consultancy.

An expert in managing Knowledge Transfer (KT) and strategy between business and research organisations, as Executive Director of the Association of University Research and Industry Links he grew it into the largest association of its kind in Europe. As an early champion of the professionalism of KT he was the first Executive Director and Fellow of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer. He has sat on all government KT policy Committees stakeholder groups, research councils, and grant awarding bodies.

He is a member of the Governing Body of the Northern Regional College, is Chair of its Education Committee and sits on its Audit and Risk Committee.



Mr Jim Dennison

Non-Executive Director - Jim Dennison

Non-Executive Director – Jim Dennison

Jim Dennison is the Chief Executive of the Simon Community NI, Northern Ireland’s largest and longest-serving homeless charity. Prior to this, he was Head of Operations at the Chartered Institute of Housing and Director of EU Programmes at the Community Relations


Jim is a Non-Executive Director of the NI Ambulance Service and Chair of its People, Finance and Organisational Development Committee. He holds an Honours Degree in Politics from the Queen’s University of Belfast; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Regional and Local Development from the Dublin Institute of Technology; and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.


Mr Dale Ashford QFSM

Non-Executive Director – Mr Dale Ashford QFSM

Non-Executive Director – Mr Dale Ashford QFSM

Dale Ashford served the public of Northern Ireland for 30 years in various roles within the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service before retiring, in 2017, having been Interim Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive.

Throughout his career, which included front line service, Dale held a number of senior positions including Head of Health and Safety and of Learning and Development. He spent a number of years as an integral member of the Corporate Management team.

Dale was responsible, as Director of Community Protection, for much of the progressive and innovative work undertaken by NIFRS, in collaboration with regional and national partners, to improve community engagement, particularly around road safety, as part of a wider public safety programme.

He has a Master’s Degree and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Programme with Warwick Business School.

Dale was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2015 in recognition of his services.

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