PETER FITZSIMMONS – Chairman
Chair of AMH since December 2014. Retired businessman. Previously MD of SCA Packaging. Acted as Interim manager for Invest NI. Currently Chair of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. Member of AMH Newry New Horizons Employers’ Forum.
BILLY McKEOWN – Vice Chair
Billy lives in Jordanstown and is married with 2 children. He has over 35 years experience in brewing, hospitality and retail sectors. Previous main roles include Finance Director in Bass Ireland, then in Inbev Ireland and most recently Finance Director in John H Lunn (Jewellers) Ltd. Main outside interests include cycling, runnind and travel.
ANGELA CRAIGAN – Hon. Treasurer
Associate Partner in Harbinson Mulholland, Chartered Accountants, Belfast. Fellow Member of Chartered Acccountants Ireland, member of Chartered Accountants Ireland Training and Education Committee and Member of the Institute of Directors. Joined AMH in 2014 as an Independent Member of the Audit & Risk Committe and now sits on the Finance Committee.
HWR (Billy) KOHNER
Chair of AMH from 2002 – 2014. Director since 1975. B.Sc (econ). MD for 35 years of company involved in manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing branded Children’s clothing. Serves on Finance and General Purposes Committee. Lives in Comber area.
Previously served as Deputy Chairman. Long term and highly involved director since 1973. Retired businessman with previous experience in motor trade and commercial vehicles (past MD of Charles Hurst Ltd, Dir Pentlands, Thompson Reid). Past President of RUAS. Past Treasurer of Royal Agricultural Soc of the Commonwealth. Serves on Government Consumer Affairs Bodies; Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Belfast Rotary. Past Chair of NI Advisory Committee on Telecommunications (OFTEL). Deputy Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast. Lives in Castlereagh. Holds a degree in Business Administration. Serves on the Finance Committee. Chair of Pension Trustees.
Appointed to the Board in 2006. Director of Acute Hospital Services for 10 years with Sperrin Lakeland Trust. Previously deputy Director Mental Health Services for Western Board. Registered mental health Nurse. Currently does private health consultancy and is part time farmer. Serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Lives in Fivemiletown.
Solicitor with over 20 years experience in private practice, was appointed to the Board in 2009 and also serves on the Nominations & Remuneration Committee. He lives in Belfast. Since January 2012, he has been working in the area of Policy and Mental Health legislation for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in NI, thereby combining his deep interest in mental health issues with his professional background. He currently serves on a number of Panels for the Department of Agriculture in NI and has over 20 years experience of governance issues from his Governorship of 2 Belfast schools.
Solicitor and previously MD of UK based legal firm specialising in Personal Injury law. Member of AMH Newry New Horizons Employers’ Forum.
Having been a civil servant for 25 years working in a range of areas including equality, energy, economic development and as Private Secretary to a number of Industry Ministers, Damian has been a Director at Invest Northern Ireland since 2003, dealing with Strategic and Corporate Planning, EU Funding, Governance and most recently as Director of Advanced Manufacturing & Construction promoting the development needs of over 600 of Northern Ireland’s key exporting companies. Has been a member (and Past President) of St Brigid’s Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in South Belfast since the early 1990s. Joined AMH in 2014 as an Independent Member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Nuala is a Chartered Management Accountant lately retired following some 40 years work experience in the public sector; including in the fields of health, housing, industrial development as well as in training and European funding.
In addition, she has more than 30 years voluntary sector experience serving at board level in the voluntary housing movement where she held various official posts during that time. In recognition of this and her strategic contribution to training, she was awarded an OBE in 2014.
Stephen was appointed as a new board member in March 2018. His background is in psychology and he works as an Associate Lecturer with The Open University, teaching social psychology, child development and childhood studies. He is also a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and has worked with a number of communit counselling services and, more recently, in private practice.
DR GERARD LYNCH
Gerard is a consultant psychiatrist employed in the Northern HSC Trust. Appointed to Board in March 2018. He has worked in both community and in-patient 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 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.
Jonathan was a member of the New Life Counseling (NLC) Board for three years before joining the AMH board during the merger in 2020. He has been a civil servant for 14 years, working mainly in the policy and governance fields. Most recently he has been working for the Department for the Economy’s Coronavirus response team. Jonathan was an apprentice on the Boardroom Apprentice programme before joining the NLC board
Roisin joined the board of AMH after taking part in the Boardroom Apprentice scheme with New Life Counselling, prior to the two organisations merging. She lives in Bangor and is married with 2 young children. Roisin studied Finance at Queens University and went on to work with KPMG, where she trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She moved to the public sector and has worked for the Department of Finance for over 10 years. She is currently Head of Government Accounts Branch, where she is responsible for the Northern Ireland Consolidated Fund, Treasury Management, VAT, Fraud, Debt and Risk Management. In her spare time Roisin loves to run and in 2019 she ran her first marathon in Belfast in aid of AMH.
Susan was a member of the New Life Counselling Board and joined AMH during the merger in 2020. She has more than 35 years HR experience in hospitality, wholesaling and retail and currently is employed by a large global American contract catering, cleaning and facilities management company as HR Specialist for Northern Ireland. Susan is a trained mediator and has also trained as a helpline volunteer providing support for parents and their families. Susan is divorced with two grown up daughters, is actively involved in her local community, loves the outdoors and in her spare time is a very keen racquet sports player.