Bryson Care Board

  • Mr D Torrens (Chair)

    Mr D Torrens (Chair)

    David Torrens worked in the IT industry for over 34 years with leading company IBM. David held a number of positions mainly in the area of sales, product development and business operations. He has held European and Worldwide responsibilities, bringing him to live and work in London, Dublin and New York. 

    David was one of the founder members of the Business in the Community Board in Northern Ireland and chaired the original leadership team looking at the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. David was a member of the judging panel for the Northern Ireland Quality Awards for a number of years since its inception in 1991.

    He has been involved in Investment Belfast as a board member as well as being a member of the Remuneration Committee and Chairman of their Knowledge Based Industries Impact Committee. 

  • Prof M Durkin

    Prof M Durkin

    Dr Mark Durkin is Professor of Marketing in the Ulster University Business School where he currently focuses his teaching and research on the linkage between marketing and technology. Prior to joining Ulster University, Mark spent over a decade in various service, sales and strategic marketing roles within the Bank of Ireland Group. He has managed both academic and commercial marketing teams in higher education and financial services contexts. 

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing where he was previously awarded ‘Marketing Person of the Year.’ He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Banking in Ireland and a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. He has published over 50 peer reviewed academic papers and is an invited scholar to Babson College in Boston and Philadelphia University. He is also part of the ‘World Famous Scientist and Scholars Visit Hubei Programme’ in China.

  • Mr P Brennan

    Mr P Brennan

    Peter, an Irish and Canadian citizen, works as an independent non-executive director specializing in reinsurance, funds management and aircraft leasing. 

    Peter previously worked in Banking and Management Consulting. He worked with the Bank of Montreal Group in Canada and London, over a period of twenty years as a corporate and investment banker  specializing in debt financing and the bond markets. He was a founding director of the Bank of Montreal`s investment banking operations in London. 

    As a Management Consultant he specialized in the area of Corporate Restructuring  in Financial Services, Telecoms and Construction and spent some years in Botswana.
    Throughout his career Peter has actively given of his experience and time to various charities and  community activities and is a firm believer and supporter of the social enterprise model of the Bryson Group.

    Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a member of the Institute of Directors. 

  • Mr M Potter

    Mr M Potter

    Michael graduated from Queens University Belfast with an LLB and an LLM. He currently works as a barrister in Northern Ireland, and England, specialising in aspects of public law, employment law, civil litigation, trade union law and health and social care law. In this jurisdiction he was counsel in a number of leading community care cases in the judicial review court including JR50 on the rights of a person in residential care and the lawful uses of guardianship;  Re McClean on an elderly woman’s access to cleaning services; and the landmark case  JR47 - which established the right to a needs-based assessment under the Health and Social Services (NI) Order 1972. 

    Michael’s work in the community care field led to his involvement with Bryson Care. He was elected to the Employment Lawyers Group (NI) Committee. He is the author of various publications on law. 

  • Dr J Wilde

    Dr J Wilde

    Jane trained as a doctor in Belfast and in public health in London and the US. She has a long term commitment to health equity, and improving the wider social and environmental determinants of health.

    She is a firm believer in the importance of community development, and has worked on several community development initiatives. She was the founding Chief Executive of the Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland.

    Between 1996 and 1998 she helped set up the NI Women's Coalition, a cross community political initiative, and was involved in the all party talks that led to the Belfast Agreement.

    In 1998, Jane became the first Chief Executive of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, set up to promote cooperation across the island of Ireland. She has been a partner in large research programmes, with a focus on the use of research to influence policy.

    In addition to Bryson Care, Jane has served on many government and community sector Boards, including the NI Housing Executive and Consumer Council. In 2007, she was awarded a CBE for services to public health. 

  • Ms P McKeown

    Ms P McKeown

    Penny has a wealth of experience in the education and public sector in Northern Ireland. 

    After qualifying, Penny worked as a teacher in Belfast for twelve years before taking on the position of Education Officer in the South Eastern Education and Library Board.  Penny then moved into the Higher Education sector working at both the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast. Here Penny worked on a number of research projects focusing on her special interest areas of public policy and management. Specialist research projects included school governance, management in the public sector and outcomes for disadvantaged teenagers.

    Since retiring, Penny has continued to positively impact on the education sector. Penny has acted as School Governor, undertaken annual evaluations for the Education and Library Boards and carried out ‘Schools Curriculum Awards’ assessments. 

    Penny is a Board member on both Bryson Care and Bryson LaganSports, enabling her to bring knowledge and passion around education and working with ‘hard to reach’ communities.

  • Prof C Connolly

    Ciaran Connolly is a Professor of Accounting at Queen’s University Belfast and he is the Subject Leader for the Accounting Group in Queen’s Management School. A fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, he holds a DPhil from the University of Ulster and an MBA from Queen’s University Belfast.

    Ciaran commenced working as a trainee accountant in 1986 in Belfast, transferring to Deloitte’s Dallas office in 1990 before moving to academia in 1996.

    Ciaran’s teaching interests are in the area of financial accounting and not-for-profit accounting, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in these areas. Ciaran’s main area of research is in the field of public services, particularly the financial and performance measurement aspects of the charity and public sectors. He has published in the areas of charity accounting, the private finance initiative/public private partnerships and resource accounting and budgeting. Ciaran has advised the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board on the funding of public sector investment projects, and currently acts as an external examiner at a number of universities in Britain and Ireland.

  • Mr B Johnston

    Brendan has experience in a number of care programmes though with a clear focus on children’s services. He has gained experience in a breadth of areas throughout his career including strategic management, policy formulation, governance, risk management, finance and human resources. 

    Brendan has worked as Assistant Director of Social Services at the Western Health Social Board, where he was responsible for commissioning children’s services and training. He has also been involved in a number or joint training initiatives with colleagues from CO3.  Brendan was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and was responsible for establishing the regulation of social care workers in Northern Ireland.

    Brendan is a qualified social worker, has a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA. Most recently, he completed the Top Management Programme run by the Kings Fund. 

    Since retiring in 2013, Brendan has taken a number of voluntary roles including becoming a member of the Extern Care Board in addition to Bryson Care.