Senate is responsible for the ongoing strategic direction of the University, the management and administration of its revenue and property, and the general conduct of its affairs.
Members of Senate are drawn from the academic staff, support staff and student body of the University and includes a number of appointed external lay members. It normally meets four times a year, and receives reports from a range of committees.
Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Senate - Dr Stephen Kingon CBE, DSc (Econ)
Dr Stephen Kingon took up his position as Chair of Senate on 1 January 2021.
Dr Stephen Kingon graduated from Queen’s University in 1968 with a BA degree.
Subsequently he completed a Diploma in Business Administration at Queen’s prior to joining Coopers and Lybrand in 1969. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972 and was admitted as a partner in the firm in 1975 with responsibility for management consulting. In 1993 he was appointed Managing Partner in charge of the Northern Ireland firm.
In 1998, following the international merger of Coopers and Lybrand and Price Waterhouse, he was appointed Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Northern Ireland until his retirement in 2007.
Over the years he has held a number of Chairmanships including Action on Hearing Loss, Business in the Community, Invest Northern Ireland, Institute of Management Consultants, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, Northern Ireland Electricity and the Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants.
Since retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers, he has held a number of Chairmanships and non-executive directorships across a range of sectors.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he is the Principal of Stephen Kingon Associates, a consultancy.
Currently he is the Chairman of the Centre of Competitiveness and a distinguished fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. In addition he is a non-executive director of ASG Holdings Limited, Balcas Limited, Collinbridge Limited, Dale Farm Cooperative, Lagan Homes UK Limited and NI Opera.
In 2000 he was awarded a CBE for his services to Economic Development.
In 2012 he was given an Honorary Doctorate by Queen’s University for services to business and economic development.
In 2014 he was admitted as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy due his work on cross border economic and business development.
Pro-Chancellor - Dr Len O'Hagan CBE, DL
Dr Len O'Hagan is a leading business figure in Ireland, with extensive national and international governance and directorial experience in both the private and public sectors.
Len graduated in Economics from Queen's University, and is currently Chair of Northern Ireland Water, Chair of the All-Island Congenital Heart Disease Network, a Director of Independent News & Media Ltd., and a Director of the College of Anaesthesiologists.
A Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Dr O'Hagan's previous appointments include Chair of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Chair of the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), CEO of the Royal College of Physicians and a Director of the Ireland - US Council. He has held senior positions in a number of international public companies including Smurfit, Fitzwilton and Reed International, and continues to be a Director in a number of private companies.
In 2013, Dr O'Hagan was given an Honorary Doctorate by Queen's for exceptional services to business and commerce.
Honorary Treasurer - Ms Orla Corr OBE
Orla is the owner, Executive Chair and Business Development Director of The McAvoy Group Limited.
Orla graduated in 1988 with a BSc and Diploma in Accounting from Queen’s University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1992, where she worked for three years before joining the McAvoy Group as Financial Director.
In 2000, Orla was appointed Managing Director of the Group and she assumed her current role as Executive Chair in June 2014.
In 2007, she became the first woman to be introduced into the Invest NI Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in recognition of her business achievements within the McAvoy Group and in 2008 Orla became a finalist at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
She is a past winner of the Women in Business NI’s Award for Entrepreneurship / Innovation and the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, and holds the distinction of becoming the first Entrepreneur in Residence in the Leadership Institute at Queen’s University Belfast’s Management School.
Outside the McAvoy Group, Orla is also a Director at The Odyssey Trust Company (OTC) which runs the highly successful Belfast’s Odyssey Complex. She is also Chair of OMC – Odyssey Millennium Ltd, OTC’s commercial trading company.
Orla received an OBE in 2011 for services to the construction industry in Northern Ireland.
Academic Council Representatives
Professor Donna Fitzsimons
Professor Donna Fitzsimons is Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. She is an experienced clinical academic who has previously enjoyed a long-standing joint appointment between Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Ulster University. Donna is the first nurse to hold an elected position on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and is a founding member of the Global Leadership Forum for Cardiovascular Nursing. She holds an Editorial Board position on the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and British Journal of Cardiac Nursing.
At a regional level she is Co-Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Network and Scientific Advisory Group Member of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association. Donna has a history of successful research grant acquisition, is widely published and is regularly invited to present at international congresses. She has contributed to the development of several ESC Clinical Guidelines and is a strong advocate of evidence based practice and patient involvement. Her research interests include, cardiac nursing, preventive cardiology, palliative care in chronic illness and research ethics.
Professor Pascal McKeown
Pascal completed his undergraduate medical studies at Queen’s University in 1984 and was awarded the MD degree in 1991. Following postgraduate training in Northern Ireland, Germany and London, he took up a clinical academic post at Queen’s University in 1998.
In August 2011, he was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Medical Education at Queen’s University. Since October 2016, he has been the Acting Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. He is a practising cardiologist with a clinical and research interest in inherited cardiac conditions.
Academic Staff Representatives
Dr Véronique Altglas
Véronique is a lecturer and program director for Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. She is currently Secretary for Local Issues of the University and College Union (UCU) branch at Queen's.
Véronique completed her PhD in 2004 and her Habilitation (HDR) in 2015 at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) on the theme "Fragmentation and strucutre of the contemporary religious field". Her latest book, From Yoga to Kabbalah: Religious Exoticism and the Logics of Bricolage, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press, was chosen by the International Society for the Sociology of Religion as the best book in 2017.
Dr Leonie Hannan
Leonie Hannan is a Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century History, Programme Director for the MA in Public History in the School of HAPP and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Leonie has a professional background in the museums and heritage sector and currently researches cultures of enquiry in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, pursuing interests in gender, material culture and histories of home. Leonie also researches and publishes on innovative pedagogies for Higher Education. She is the Equalities Officer for the local UCU trade union branch.
Support Staff Representatives
Mr Kevin Flanagan
Kevin has been employed by Queen's University for the last 29 years. He initially joined the Computer Centre in 1988 as a Computer Technician. He is now part of Information Services, where he works as a Network Technician.
Kevin is Chair of Unite the Union at Queen's and represents Unite at regional and national level, as well as being a senior member of the regional Higher Education Strategy Team.
Ms Donna Hyland
Donna has worked in education for the past 30 years. She has worked in various roles within the University and is currently the Training and Development Manager in the Graduate School.
After obtaining her degree at Queen’s in 1997, she completed her MSc Information Management at Robert Gordon University and gained her CILIP Chartership. She recently completed her PGCHET alongside her Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
As a Chartered member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) she currently heads a team of consultants delivering leadership and management training to our Postgraduate community. Donna is currently Chair of the Reach-Right to Succeed Steering Group, a charity which exists to help schools meet the complex needs of pupils identified as at risk of exclusion.
Grian Ní Dhaimhín is President of Queen’s Students’ Union
Grian, a History and Social Anthropology graduate, is the President of Queen's Students' Union for 2020-21. Grian has previously been elected to the Student Council for the past four years, and has served as the Student Council Representative on the University Senate during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 sessions.
Grian is passionate about Irish language rights, tenants' rights, climate action and actively dealing with the mental health emergency in Ireland.
More information on the Students' Union is available at qubsu.org
Student Council Representative - Adam Murphy
The Student Council Representative for the 2020-21 session is Adam Murphy.
Adam is in his final year of an undergraduate master’s physics degree at Queen’s. A keen advocate for academic representation, Adam is also the student rep for the School of Mathematics and Physics for 2020-21. In his involvement with SU Clubs and Societies, he has also sat as the Freshers’ Co-ordinator for the Queen’s Christian Union in 2019-20.
Mr Eoin McMullan
Eoin was elected as Chair of Convocation in November 2017. A Queen's University Belfast BSc Accounting graduate, Eoin is now a Chartered Accountant with the Belfast-based firm Hill Vellacott and is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
For the past three years Eoin has been the Honorary Treasurer of the Queen's Graduates' Association, playing a key role in the creation and organisation of a series of networking events that aim to promote and maintain the links between the University's graduates.
He also has a background in events production, amassing more than seven years' experience in both a management and operational capacity for a variety of high profile events including concerts, sporting events and corporate fundraising. Eoin has been a member of the Marie Curie Brain Game committee since 2016. His previous roles include member of the Queen's Students' Union Management Board and Treasurer for the QUB St. Vincent de Paul Society.
External Lay Members
Ms Briege Arthurs
Briege is currently Chief Executive Officer of the South Belfast Partnership Board (SBPB), the organisation which leads the community and voluntary sector, in partnership with public and private sector bodies, to regenerate South Belfast and in particular, targeted areas of disadvantage/at risk (2012-current).
Prior to working in the SBPB, Briege was lead officer (regional) working to develop policy and protocols on the community use of over 560 primaries and post-primary schools on behalf of the Trustees within the Catholic Maintained sector (1996-2012). During this time, she was invited to Chair two inter-sectoral, regional Ministerial working groups on how best to use the school site - seeking to achieve consensus on suitable guidance accessible to all principals and their Board of Governors from the various educational sectors.
Briege also sits on the Management Advisory Committee of the Chinese Welfare Association and provides support and guidance to numerous groups within South Belfast on building capacity, governance and collaboration.
Mr Roy Bailie OBE
Roy Bailie is currently Chair and majority shareholder of the Baird Group, a publishing company employing 280 people in Co. Antrim, with offices across the United Kingdom. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Roy is a well-respected and experienced businessman who remains passionately involved in the activities of the Group and of the wider business community.
Roy has significant experience, built up over the last 46 years, of senior management and governance in the public, private and community organisations which he has led. This includes the following positions: Chair of the Baird Group (ongoing); Chair of the National Trust (NI) from 2011 to 2016; Chair of the Queen's University Belfast Students' Union Management Board from 2009 to 2016; and Board member of UTV plc from 1997 to 2014.
As a former Chair of the Students' Union Management Board, Roy has gained an excellent understanding of the many and diverse challenges facing Higher Education. His close working relationship with the Students' Union has enabled him to view many of these challenges from a students' perspective.
Mr Adrian Doran
Adrian Doran was appointed Head of Corporate Banking for Barclays in Northern Ireland in October 2000, and since then has been responsible for advising some of NI’s largest companies on their financing and banking arrangements. Adrian is a qualified chartered accountant who trained with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), before spending four years in Bank of Ireland.
Adrian has significant experience of financial control, governance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. He is a member of the CBI Council in Northern Ireland and a member of its Improving Infrastructure Committee. He is a past Examiner for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and previously served on the Institute’s Member Services Committee.
Ms Ellvena Graham OBE
Ellvena is Chair of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), one of the major state-owned utilities in Ireland; Chair of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall (BWUH) Ltd; and Chair of the Economic Advisory Group (EAG) in Northern Ireland.
She was elected President of the NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry in May 2017, is a Member of the Prince's Trust Council in Northern Ireland, and is a Board Member of Camerata Ireland. Until July 2017, Ellvena was a Non-Executive Director of Ulster Bank Ltd. She has over 30 years experience in banking and her most recent Executive Management positions within Ulster Bank were as Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland and Manaaging Direcotr of SME Banking across Ireland.
Ellvena has global experience within the wider RBS Group, having managed large scale operations for the Royal Bank of Scotland. Ellvena was also a Board member of Barretstown, a charity helping children with serious illnesses, up until June 2012, and an Advisory Board Member of Womens' Executive Network (WXN) in Ireland from 2008 to 2016.
Ellvena received an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours List for services to the Economy and the Advancement of Women in Business.
Mr Keith Jess
Keith was an Audit Partner for UK and Ireland in the Assurance Services Group of Ernst and Young (EY), based in their Belfast office. Keith joined Ernst and Whinney, an EY predecessor firm, in their Luxembourg office in 1982, and returned to the Belfast office in 1985, becoming Partner in 1990.
Until his retirement in June 2017, Keith was the engagement partner on a number of large, corporate clients including BHH; Bombardier Shorts; O'Hare and McGovern; Harry Corry; Menary Retail; Irish Biscuits; Prestige Insurance; Steve Orr; NIE; Ulster Carpet Mills; and AES (Kilroot and Ballylumford). He was also one of the Co-Ordinating Partners for Google Shared Services Centre, where he had responsibility for the delivery for the firm's services across EMEIA. He has worked with many private equity owned businesses and has a very strong network in the local market.
Keith's areas of expertise include Corporate Governance and working with Boards of Directors; UKGAAP; IFRS; and Audits of private equity investees companies. Keith completed a BSSc in Economics from Queen's University in 1978 and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Ms Marion Matchett CBE
Marion was Chief Inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate from 2000-08, responsible for the management and governance of the inspection arrangements which underpinned the provision of inspection services and published reports for all pre-school, primary, secondary, special, youth, and further and teacher education institutions in Northern Ireland.
She was a member of the Executive Board of the Department of Education and a member of the Top Management Group charged with the monitoring and management of performance across the Department. Following devolution, she also reported on the quality of education and training provision to the Executive Boards of the Department for Employment and Learning and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
Marion is a former Civil Service Commissioner for Northern Ireland, a former member of the Cabinet Office Honours Education Committee and Lay Commissioner with the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.
Mrs Ann McGregor MBE
Ann McGregor is currently Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was formerly Chief Executive of Enterprise NI and a Director with Business in the Community having commenced her career in industry in a range of production management roles.
Ann is a MCIM member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is a Trustee of the Grand Opera House, serving as a member of the Finance and Audit Sub-Committees, a member of the Global Accreditation Board for British Chambers network and a former Director of Young Enterprise having served as a member of the Strategy and Policy Group.
In 2013, Ann was appointed by NI Ministers – Arlene Foster and Simon Hamilton, as one of three panel members to the Economic Advisory Group ‘Access to Finance’ Implementation Panel to oversee the implementation of recommendations in the EAG Access to Finance Report.
In June 2012, Ann received an MBE for services to small business development and enterprise.
Ms Mairéad Regan
Mairéad was Group Human Resources Director, Wireless Group (formerly UTV Media plc) for 19 years. During that time, UTV underwent significant change, transforming itself from purely a regional television company into one of the most successful media groups in the UK and Ireland, with interests in television, radio, publishing and new media. Mairéad was instrumental in implementing the successful integration of strategic acquisitions which saw staff numbers more than quadruple to over 900.
Prior to her role in UTV, Mairéad held a number of human resources positions. She was Human Resources and Training Manager with CAPITA Management Consultants and Human Resources Executive with LEDU (now Invest NI), where she worked both internally with staff implementing change processes and programmes and externally, providing advice and assistance to LEDU Client companies on human resources and management development issues.
Mairéad is a former Board Member of Creative Skillset (the UK Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries) and chaired the Skillset/Northern Ireland Screen Skills Panel for 10 years. She was a panel member on the Creative Skillset Northern Ireland Board and chaired the Industry Advisory Board for the Skillset Media Academy in Northern Ireland. She was also a Board Member of the Grand Opera House Trust in Belfast and graduated from Queen's University with a First Class Honours in Psychology.
Mr Alan Shannon CB
Alan Shannon retired in May 2013 after 42 years in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, serving as a Permanent Secretary in the Department for Employment and Learning from 1999-2003 and again from 2010-13, and in the Department for Social Development from 2003-10. He previously spent 12 years in the Northern Ireland Office dealing with policing, probation, juvenile justice, prisons and corporate services. In 1985 he conducted an efficiency scrutiny into the health service on behalf of the Prime Minister’s efficiency advisor. From 1982-85 he was first attaché to the British Member at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg.
Alan is currently chair of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations, chair of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee of Marie Curie, a member of the Board of Trustees of Marie Curie, the senior director on the Board of Civil Service Healthcare and a member of the Advisory Panel on de-regulation established by the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
Alan was awarded a CB in 2012.
Ms Patricia Slevin
Patricia is currently Head Teacher in Victoria College Belfast. She is a member of the CCEA Education Committee; a member of the Association of School and College Leaders Executive Committee; the Post Primary Transfer Steering Committee; and Chair of the South Belfast Area Learning Community.
Patricia graduated from Queen's University with a BA Honours in French Language and Literature and subsequently completed the PGCE. She also obtained a Masters in Education at Queen's and, more recently, a Professional Qualification in Headship through the Regional Training Unit Northern Ireland. Patricia taught in St Ciaran's High School in Ballygawley, then in St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon. She worked in Curriculum Advice and Support Service as Field Officer for Modern Languages from 1992 to 1994 with the Belfast Education and Library Board.
She was appointed to Victoria College in 1994 as a Teacher of French and English. She joined the Senior Leadership Team in 1998 and was appointed as Principal in 2005.
Patricia was a core member of the Council for Education in World Citizenship and has been committed to engaging with schools to promote and encourage young people to participate in active citizenship activities such as Model United Nations General Assembly.