HSENI board


Information on the current membership of HSENI's board is provided on this page.


Derek Martin

Derek Martin was Managing Director of H&J Martin Ltd. from 2001 until 2015, when the Company completed a merger with Lagan Construction Group. During this time, the Company grew from a turnover of £30 million to over £100 million through the development of Joint Venture Partnerships and the diversification of business into Facilities Management and specialist Fitting Out.  Coinciding with this growth, Derek oversaw the development of and implementation of ISO accredited management systems for Health and Safety, Quality Assurance and Environmental management throughout the Company.

He is a Past President of the Construction Employers Federation, a graduate in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Building.

He holds two other Public Appointments - he is a Board member of CITB NI and is one of two Independent Members of the NI Assembly Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee.

Derek took up the role of HSENI Chairman on 1 April 2017.

Board members

Hilary Singleton 

A former practising solicitor, Hilary spent her professional career as a legal practitioner in private practice. Hilary currently serves as a Board member of the International Fund for Ireland and as a member of the Local Government Staff Commission (for which she receives a daily rate of £123). She is also a Director of Mid-Armagh Community Network and was a member of the Compact Civil Advisory Panel. Hilary was appointed to the Board of HSENI in 2012. She has served as Chair of HSENI’s Audit and Risk Committee since 2014 and as Deputy Chair of HSENI since 2015.

Harry Sinclair

Harry is a livestock farmer from Co. Londonderry. He was active in Young Farmers for many years and then became involved in the Ulster Farmers Union, where he was chairman of both the livestock and hill farming committees and then went on to become president from 2012 – 2014. He also served as a vice president of COPA, a collective of 57 farming unions across all the member states of the European Union. During his time as president, farm safety was one of his priorities, and he was one of the initial drivers in the establishment of the Farm Safety Partnership, of which he is the current chairman.

He is also a board member of the Livestock and Meat Commission and sits on the Audit and Risk committee of both the HSENI and LMC.

Tom Wright

Tom Wright retired as Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in 2011 after 33 years service. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. 

He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and in 2010 successfully completed the Executive Critical Leadership Development Programme at Queens University. Tom also sits on the Board of Governors of Oakwood Integrated Primary School.

William (Billy) Graham

Billy was the Chief Operating Officer of Northern Ireland Electricity from 2003 until his retirement in September 2011. Billy had previously held a number of management and engineering roles in the company, including General Manager Construction and Maintenance Services (1996 to 2000), and Managing Director Networks and Customer Service (2000 to 2003). He brings leadership skills and knowledge of risk management to his role on the HSENI Board.

John Kane 

John retired in May 2010 following a career in the public sector with responsibilities for change management, performance management, training and communications. He brings the experience he gained and communication skills acquired in working with a range of stakeholders to his role on the HSENI Board.

Maynard Mawhinney 

Maynard sits on the board of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust where he chairs the Finance & Performance Committee. He is also a member of the College Advisory Group to CAFRE. Maynard is Agri food consultant to BDO and also continues to undertake private work for individual companies.

Lindsey Smith 

Lindsey Smith is an organisational development consultant, executive coach and experienced facilitator with expertise in business improvement, corporate governance and change programmes.

Prior to her consulting career, Lindsey was a senior manager in the Home Office, UK Civil Service.

Lindsey is a part time lecturer at the University of Ulster, lecturing in change management, masters of business studies and human resource management - and at Queens University, lecturing at the school of leadership and management.  She holds one other ministerial non-executive director post as a board member for the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority.

Board membership information

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HSENI Board meeting minutes

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If you would like to view earlier Board meeting minutes please request this by emailing policy@hseni.gov.uk