New Life Counselling is governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the corporate governance of the organisation.
The Board meets six times per annum. We also have two Board Sub Groups who have delegated responsibility for resources and fundraising and the second group has responsibility for clinical services.
A degree in English and Sociology and a PGCE from Queens University opened up for me the career of teaching which led to many happy years working with young people. In later years I was privileged to be appointed Vice Principal and then Principal of a school in Belfast. I retired as Principal in 2010 but continue to work in Education as well as being a governor in a school. I am delighted to be involved with New Life Counselling as I have firsthand experience through my work in school of the excellent and important service provided by this organisation.
Heather has been Deputy Secretary, Resources in the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland from September 2013. Prior to that Heather held various posts in the Department for Social Dvelopment from 2003-2013, including Deputy Secretary, Resources and Social Policy Group, Director of Housing and Director of Financial Management and Planning in the Social Security Agency.
Heather is a qualified member of the CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) with over 20 years of post qualification financial management experience and serves on CIPFA's National Council as a co-opted member. Heather has just been appointed to the Court and Audit Commitee of the University of Glasgow.
Gabi has been appointed as a new board member in 2013. Gabi has many years of experience as youth and community worker and have worked in Health and Social Care for the past 14 years. She has many years of experience as a board member of small and medium sized community and voluntary organisations.
Dr. Gerard Lynch
Gerard is a consultant psychiatrist employed in the Northern HSC Trust. Since his appointment in 1994, he has worked in both community and inpaitent psychiatry, and is currently a consultant and clinical lead in the Trust's crisis resolution and home treatment team, which he helped set up in 2009. He is clinical director for mental health and is involved in a wide range of management and governance structures.
Dr Lynch is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has been involved in mental health quality improvement projects in N.I, England and Scotland.
Tom has 30 years clinical and management experience as a mental health professional working within the Belfast Trust area. His experience included working in Primary and Secondary Care community mental health teams, Crisis Response and Home Treatment, Psychiatric Liaison and Acute In-Patient facilities.
Louise is a Lecturer in Art & Design at Ulster University. Over the past two decades she has led a number of research and arts-based community engagement projects with groups in Northern Ireland and England focused on challenging attitudes towards mental ill health. Most recently these projects have included the use of digital technologies and social media platforms to aid dissemination of the findings and encourage engagement across wider audiences.
Susie Hunter was appointed to the board in September 2017. She has worked for Ulster Bank for 28 years and has undertaken roles such as Branch Manager, Sales & Service Coach and Contact Centre Manager to name but a few. Her current role is a Performance Consultant and she is responsible for coaching a number of senior leaders across the Group in terms of Leadership capability, Performance Management, People engagement and Customer Service.
Susie lives in East Belfast, is a single mum to Beth and other interests include singing in a number of choirs across the Province.
Jonathan was placed as an Apprentice Board Member with New Life Counselling via the Boardroom Apprentice Programme. He is a civil servant working for the Department for the Economy in the NICS, and previously has worked for the Departments of Social Development and Agriculture.
Annie Melaugh McAteer
Annie has a background in psychology, completing a masters and PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked in several voluntary and community organisations over the past 10 years and has been involved in academic research focusing on cognitive processes. She has experience working in mental health services for both adults and young people including work with trauma, addiction, suicide and self injury. She is currently the impact and evaluation manager at Age NI.