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Find out more about how RCPsych in Northern Ireland is run.

Devolved Council

Dr Richard Wilson has been the Chair of RCPsych in Northern Ireland since July 2020. He took over from Professor Gerry Lynch having been elected in December 2019.

The Executive Committee of the Devolved Council is the principal decision-making body of RCPsych in Northern Ireland.  All major budget and policy matters are considered by the Executive Committee which acts as a link between RCPsych in Northern Ireland and the central College in London. 

The Devolved Council meets four times a year and is made up of the honorary officers and representative of each of the faculties and specialist committees, together with patient and carer representatives.

Elected Members:

Dr Anette Thampi & Dr Boris Pinto

Faculties and Committee representatives:

SAS Committee – Chair Dr Bob Boggs

Forensic Faculty – Chair Dr Paul Devine

Addictions Faculty – Chair Dr Billy Gregg

General Adult Faculty – Chair Dr Rowan McClean

Liaison Faculty – Dr Joanne Minay

ID Faculty – Dr Arun Subramanian

Rehabilitation Faculty - Vacant

CAP Faculty – Dr Mark Rodgers

Perinatal Faculty – Dr Julie Anderson

Policy – Dr Peter Trimble

PIPSIG – Dr John Sharkey

Academic Committee – Dr Tony O’ Neill

Psychotherapy Faculty – Dr Owen McNeill

POA Faculty – Dr Conor Barton

Trainees – Drs Laura Somerville, Fiona Martin and Amy Grimason.

Co-opted Members

DoH Representative – Dr Ian McMaster

One Patient Representative – Mr Bill McMaster

One Carer Representative - vacant

Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

RCPsych NI has five elected honorary officers who also serve on its Senior Leadership Team, which oversees the operational aspects of the College in Northern Ireland.  

RCPsych NI has five honorary officers who also serve on its Senior Management Team, together with manager and policy officer of the local College. It oversees the operational aspects of the College in Northern Ireland. The team consists of the following officers.

Chair: Dr Richard Wilson, FRCPsych. Richard is a Child and Adolescent Consultant within the Northern Trust. He was formerly the Chair of the College’s CAP Faculty and was elected Chair of the Northern Ireland Devolved Nation in 2020 and is also a member of Central Council as well as a Vice President of the College.  

Vice-Chair: Dr Michael Doherty, FRCPsych. Michael was appointed Vice-Chair of RCPsych NI in 2017. He served as a General Adult psychiatrist across Belfast and has been a long-standing member of the central College’s General Adult Faculty.

Finance Officer: Dr Liz Dawson, MRCspych, is a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry within the Southern Trust. Previously she chaired the RCPsych NI SAS Committee and in 2019 was awarded UK SAS Doctor of the Year. She was appointed Finance Officer in 2020.

Education Officer: Dr Dearbhail Lewis, MRCPsych. Dearbhail is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist in the Belfast Trust. She is an Educational Supervisor for Foundation Year 1 doctors, as well as both Core and Senior Trainee Psychiatrists.

Regional Advisor: Dr Ryan O’ Neill MRCPsych: Ryan was appointed to this role in 2017. He manages the College’s job approval process in liaison with the health trusts. Ryan is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Northern Trust and is also chair of RCPsych NI’s ADHD Working Group.

Faculties and Committees

SAS Specialty Committee  – Chair Dr Bob Boggs

Forensic Faculty – Chair Dr Paul Devine

Addictions Faculty – Chair Dr Billy Gregg

General Adult Faculty – Chair Dr Rowan McClean

Liaison Specialty Committee  – Dr Joanne Minay

ID Faculty – Dr Arun Subramanian

Rehabilitation Specialty Committee  - Vacant

CAP Faculty – Dr Mark Rodgers

Perinatal Specialty Committee – Dr Julie Anderson

Policy Specialty Committee  – Dr Peter Trimble

PIPSIG – Dr John Sharkey

Academic Specialty Committee  – Dr Tony O’ Neill

Psychotherapy Specialty Committee  – Dr Owen McNeill

POA Faculty – Dr Conor Barton

Trainees - Drs Amy Grimason, Fiona Martin and Laura Somerville