Northern Ireland consultants committee

The Northern Ireland consultants committee represents all consultants working in Northern Ireland. Find out more about our priorities, meetings and membership.
Location: Northern Ireland
Audience: Consultants
Updated: Monday 16 March 2020
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The NICC (Northern Ireland consultants committee) is a standing committee of the BMA and represents all consultants working in Northern Ireland.


Our priorities

Championing patients, advancing healthcare, valuing colleagues

We have produced a strategy to help focus the work we are doing to improve the working lives of consultants in Northern Ireland. Our strategy has two main themes; structural or overarching changes that are needed within our health system to make sure patients access the right services at the right time; and action related specifically to consultants - actions that value and recognise the consultant workforce and make Northern Ireland a place where consultants want to build their career.

Read our strategy


Our people

The committee includes 36 voting members. The NICC feeds directly into the UKCC (consultants committee), which represents all senior hospital doctors UK wide.

Chair: Dr Anne Carson
Deputy chair: Dr David Farren

Executive subcommittee

The NICC has an executive subcommittee, which co-ordinates the NICC strategic approach to policy issues, acts as a core negotiating body for the consultant body in Northern Ireland and acts as a further link between the NICC and the regional LNC forum.

It also considers and, where appropriate, acts upon urgent matters between meetings of the NICC.


Dr Mugilan Anandarajan, Ulster Hospital
Dr Anne Carson, Craigavon Area Hospital
Dr Damian Carson, Ulster Hospital
Dr Padhraic Conneally, South West Acute Hospital
Dr John Doherty, Altnagelvin Hospital
Dr Mark Elliott, Musgrave Park Hospital
Dr David Farren, Antrim Area Hospital
Dr Brian Foster, Royal Victoria Hospital
Dr George Gardiner, Belfast City Hospital
Dr Estelle Healy, Royal Victoria Hospital
Dr Sara Hedderwick, Craigavon Area Hospital
Dr Andrew Kennedy, Royal Victoria Hospital
Dr Kumar Kada, Antrim Hospital
Dr Timothy Leeman, Holywell Hospital
Dr Dearbhail Lewis, Royal Victoria Hospital
Dr Tom Lynch, Belfast City Hospital
Dr Tim Mawhinney, Royal Victoria Hospital
Dr Benita McCarthy, Musgrave Park Hospital
Dr Brian McClements, Mater Hospital
Dr Michael McParland, Southern Trust Psychiatric MSC
Dr Iris Menninger, Altnagelvin Hospital
Dr Stephen Moore, Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital
Mr Andrew O'Brien, Royal Victoria Hospital
Mr Peter Ramsay-Baggs, Ulster Hospital
Dr Ralph Roberts, Ulster Hospital
Dr Colin Rodgers, Antrim Area Hospital
Dr James Shand, Altnagelvin Hospital
Dr Stephen Tate, Lagan Valley Hospital
Dr Gillian Turner, Belfast City Hospital
Dr Gerry Waldron, Health and Social Care Board
Dr Gavin Wethers, Southern Trust Psychiatric MSC
Dr Colin Winter, Craigavon Area Hospital
Dr John Woods, Belfast City Hospital

Vacant seats

Belfast Trust
Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children - one seat
Royal Maternity Hospital - one seat

Southern Trust
Craigavon Hospital - one seat
Daisy Hill Hospital - two seats

South Eastern Trust
Downe/Lagan Valley - one seat

Northern Trust
Causeway Hospital - two seats

Our meetings

We meet four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting consultant doctors in Northern Ireland.

These meetings are open to members of the Northern Ireland consultants committee only. Non-voting committee members can participate as part of the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday 21 May 2020, 10am to 1pm

All meetings take place at:

BMA Northern Ireland
16 Cromac Place
Ormeau Road


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the NICC, please contact Patricia Mills at [email protected].