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Non-Executive Directors

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 Trevor Haslett CBE

Non-Executive Director - Mr Trevor Haslett CBE

Non-Executive Director – Mr Trevor Haslett CBE

Mr Trevor Haslett is a former NI Water CEO, Board Director and Water Industry Professional with high calibre change and transformation management experience, working at Chief Executive, Executive Director and Senior Management positions across complex and heavily regulated environments including public sector, non-departmental public bodies and the private sector.

A Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist, he is a Fellow of three Professional Institutions and has successfully implemented business change programmes delivering improved customer service and efficiency savings in a career extending to almost 40 years. He provides consultancy advice to clients working in the construction, water and wastewater sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Experience in these markets includes Water Resource Management Planning, Major Incident Planning, Change Management, Risk Assessment and Management, Governance, Renewable Energy, Health and Safety and Project Management. Trevor is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy.



Mr William Abraham

Non-Executive Director - Mr William Abraham

Non-Executive Director – Mr William Abraham

Mr William Abraham was appointed Non-Executive Director in May 2015.

William has held senior law firm and business positions in the UK and Asia.  He has also been involved in a number of companies on special projects, as an investor, senior advisor, or on the board.   As a senior partner and the Head of International Projects and Finance for a major international law firm, he led transactional teams working on the project financing of complex, high value international projects.

Among other roles, William is currently the Chair of the NIAS Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

William holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Cambridge focusing on international commercial law.  He has qualified and practiced in both Canada and in the UK.  He is active on a number of educational and charitable ventures and is particularly focused on projects that can deliver the goal of societal transformation in a commercially sustainable manner.


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.