Our vision is to be a leader in creating a healthy and equitable European city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

Governance and Board of Directors

Belfast Healthy Cities is an independent partnership organisation within the city with a specific remit to deliver the priority themes of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network within the local context.

Our key partners and funders include Belfast City Council and the Public Health Agency. Other partners and funders include Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. View Phase V (2009-2013) Organigram

Belfast Healthy Cities has been recognised as having charitable status by The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. We are governed by a Board, elected at the Annual General Meeting which is representative of the public, university, voluntary and community sector. Membership of Belfast Healthy Cities is open to anyone who signs up to the core values of the partnership and who are then accepted as members by the Board of Directors.


Board of Directors

Nigel McMahon (Chair)

Chief Environmental Health Officer


John McMullan (Treasurer)

Chief Executive

Bryson Charitable Group

Dr Karen Casson (Vice Chair) Lecturer in Health Promotion and Public Health Division of Public Health, School of Nursing, Ulster University

Neil Dunlop

Independent Member  

Dr Bernadette Cullen

Independent Member


Justine Daly

Urban Design Director

Strategic Investment Board

Professor Geraint Ellis

School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Queens University Belfast

Mary McDonnell

Acting Senior Principal Officer- Supporting People

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Clifford McIlwaine

Area Planning Manager

Department of the Environment

Catherine McNicholl

Director of Adult Social and Primary Care Services

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Elizabeth Mitchell

Director of Development & Capacity Building

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Bryan Nelson

Co-Director, Public Health

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Siobhan Toland

Head of Environmental Health

Belfast City Council

Sharon McNicholl Corporate Planning and Policy Manager

Belfast City Council