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HSCB’s New Director of Social Care and Children

Brendan Whittle
Brendan Whittle

Brendan Whittle has been appointed as HSCB Director of Social Care and Children and Executive Director of Social Work and will start in his new position in April.

Brendan will take over from Marie Roulston who is retiring in March.

Previously Brendan has held senior positions in the HSC, including as a Director at South Eastern HSC Trust between 2012 and 2019.  He initially served as Director of Adult Services and Prison Healthcare and subsequently as Director of Children’s Services & Executive Director of Social work. Most recently, Brendan has been Deputy Director of Social Care and Children at HSCB since 2019.

Brendan qualified as a Social Worker in London, working in East London initially before moving to Northern Ireland in 1992.  He has a wealth of experience in Health and Social Care across a range of areas including Children’s Services, Hospital Social Work, Disability services, Older People and Mental Health services.

During this time Brendan has maintained his professional development achieving both the MSc in Advanced Social Work and the Northern Ireland Leadership and Strategic Award in Social Work.

Looking to the future Brendan said: “I am delighted to have been offered this post and looking forward to working with the Directorate, wider Board and our stakeholders to improve the health and social wellbeing of the people that we serve.  We have lots to do, not least of which is to see our way through and beyond the pandemic, rebuild our services and play our part in reforming the HSC for the future.

“I already know the calibre of the excellent individuals and teams within the Directorate and look forward to us continuing to work together to make a real and positive difference.”

Chief Executive of the HSCB Sharon Gallagher said she was delighted with the appointment.

“Building on the firm foundations laid by Marie, I am confident Brendan’s considerable skills and his professional experience will be key both in leading within the HSCB and across the social work profession.”