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The Agency Board

The Board of the Agency was established in April 2004 and currently consists of 6 members as follows:

Back Row (left to right): Mr Hall Graham, Ms Geraldine Campbell and Mr Garry McKenna

Front Row (left to right): Mr Brendan Garland, Mr Derek Wilson (Chair) and Dr Janet Little OBE (Retired December 2023)

Mr Wilson had a banking career spanning almost four decades, almost the latter half of which was spent managing mortgage businesses in NI, RI and GB.

He concurrently chaired the UK Finance NI mortgage Committee, formerly the Council of Mortgage Lenders, for ten years.

Prior to leaving banking, in 2015 Mr Wilson took up an appointment on the board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive where he now also chairs the Resources and Performance Committee, having been re-appointed last year for a second term of five years.  He joined the board of Co-ownership in 2019 and the governing body of the South Eastern Regional College in 2020, also becoming a Parades Commissioner at the start of 2021.

A graduate of Queen’s University, he also serves as a Lay member of the Pharmaceutical Society Statutory Committee”.

Mr Garry McKenna is a career Civil Servant with 43 years’ service, primarily in the Departments of Agriculture, Environment, Regional Development and Infrastructure.

At present Mr McKenna is Head of EU Exit Legislation for the Department for Infrastructure

Mr McKenna serves as a Lay Magistrate, as a Lay Member of the Rates and Valuation Tribunal and was a Member of the Council Of the Pharmaceutical Society for NI, from 2012-2016, serving as Vice President and President for a period.

A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast with B.Ed Hons Education and with MSc in Computer Science and of the University of Ulster with LLB Hons in Law and Government.

Brendan has over 30 years experience in Senior Management and Chief Executive/Director Positions. He spent 10 years with Andersen Consulting/Accenture working in International IT and Management Consulting . For 20 years he was CEO of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland, the regulatory and representative body for barristers in Northern Ireland. He has particular experience as a CEO/ MD and Responsible Person in the Health and Social Care Sector having worked as CEO for Extra Care for Elderly People Ltd and as Managing Director at Trackars Healthcare Ltd.

Brendan is a Non-Executive Member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and of the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service.

Ms Campbell is an experienced Non-Executive Director and public appointee, who has worked across a number of sectors representing the public interest. She has a deep understanding of the regulation and development of professionals, particularly those who work within the Health and Social Care sector.

Ms Campbell has been a Non-Executive Director of three professional regulators including regulating the social care workforce in Northern Ireland and the Dental profession across the UK. Ms Campbell joins NIMDTA board with a wealth of knowledge of the organisation’s role having provided an independent lay perspective in NIMDTA processes since 2012. As such, she has been involved in the recruitment and annual review of competency progression of doctors- in- training in Northern Ireland. She has also been a member of the visit team for quality assuring medical training opportunities in the hospital setting.

Ms Campbell is a Council Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (pharmacist and pharmacy regulator); a member of one of the Fitness to Practice Committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; and a Governor of the Southern Regional College.

Mr Graham was educated at Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt and at Queens University, Belfast. Mr Graham acquired a BDS from Queens University Belfast in 1982, FDSRCPS from Glasgow in 1986 and MSc Dental Public Health from University College London in 2007.

On qualification, Mr Graham worked in the Belfast Dental School in both restorative dentistry and oral surgery, continuing in a part time undergraduate teaching role until December 2018. From 1987- 2002, Mr Graham worked as a General Dental Practitioner in Randalstown and Finaghy. In 2002, Mr Graham was appointed as Dental Advisor in the Eastern Health and Social Care Board and joined the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) in 2007 as Primary Care Advisor. Mr Graham retired from RQIA in December 2018 as an Assistant Director, though he continues to be on the RQIA bank staff.

Mr Graham was appointed in 2015 as a dental member of the General Dental Council Fitness to Practise Panel and continues in that role. Mr Graham is presently a Leadership Centre Associate.

The Agency Board is supported by a number of sub-committees as shown below:


The work of the Agency Board is delegated in line with the Schedules to its Standing Orders.

Schedule 1 - Audit & Risk Committee

Schedule 2 - Remuneration Committee

Schedule 3 - Senior Management Committee

Schedule 4 - Governance and Risk Management Committee

Schedule 5 - Declaration of Interests and Register of Interests

Schedule 6 - Tendering and Contract Procedure

Schedule 7 - Matters Reserved for the Agency Board

Schedule 8 - Scheme of Delegation

Schedule 9 - Standing Financial Instructions

Standing Orders - NIMDTA Board