Áine Gallagher joined Northern Ireland Hospice as Director of Finance and Corporate Services from September 2014, taking responsibility for finance, HR, IT, estates, business planning and corporate governance. She previously worked as Director of Operations for Culture Company 2013 Ltd from July 2011. In this role, she had responsibility for financial management, staffing, premises, IT, business planning and governance on the delivery of the first UK City of Culture Project. A chartered accountant by profession, Áine trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she worked for 10 years across both the audit and advisory departments (ultimately specialising in public procurement and contract management), before moving to the Corporate Finance Appraisal and Advisory team of Invest Northern Ireland where she worked for just under 3 years between 2008 and 2011. Áine has extensive experience of corporate governance, financial management, directing a range of corporate services, business planning, commercial appraisals and large-scale public sector investment projects.
Paul Douglas has 28 years experience in a large public sector organisation the PSNI, with 15 years as a senior manager, working closely with stakeholders to develop key strategic goals to reduce crime and build safer communities. He was accountable for all aspects of performance within his area and had responsibility for human resources and financial management. Between 2008-2010, he managed the strategic change process as PSNI moved from four districts to one.
He currently serves as a Non Executive Director with the Safe Guarding Board of Northern Ireland.
Pat Cumiskey has over 40 years experience in a number of audit and senior financial management positions in the public sector including 25 years with Banbridge District Council. Pat was promoted to Acting Chief Executive in 2014 to lead the council through its final year before transition to Armagh Banbridge Craigavon DC. He was instrumental in building and sustaining a strong people-orientated approach to reorganisation.
He currently serves as Lay-member to the NI Valuation Tribunal.
Gillian Body has some 35 years’ experience in public audit. Currently Assistant Auditor General with the Wales Audit Office, she has responsibility for the full range of value for money work undertaken by that Office across the Welsh public sector. Gillian is CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting) qualified and spent much of her career working for the National Audit Office. She has also had secondments with the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General in Dublin and with the Australian National Audit Office in Canberra. From February 2010, Gillian was temporarily appointed as the Auditor General for Wales, until the current Auditor General took up the post in October 2010.