Mike Shields retired in 2020 and is now Emeritus Professor of Child Health (Queen's University Belfast) and Consultant Paediatrician (respiratory Medicine), Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. He developed the regional respiratory service for children and set up regional difficult to treat asthma clinics and clinics for the respiratory management children with neuromuscular disorders. He set up and chaired the N Ireland paediatric respiratory & allergy network (NIPRAN). Previously he co-chaired the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Asthma Guidelines (Pharmacology section) and wrote the BTS Cough in children guidelines.
Catherine Murnin is our Director of Care Services and joined NICHS in October 2020. After starting out her career in the education sector, Catherine undertook further study with the Open University and joined the Third Sector, working in various management and leadership roles with local and national charities. As part of her work, Catherine has set up a multidisciplinary working group for early years and complex needs, the first self-management programme in NI for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers and an interface project across primary and secondary care for cancer referral pathways. Before joining NICHS she led on the Elevate Programme with CDHN and the PHA, looking at ways to reduce health inequalities through community development approaches. Catherine is the founder of the Well-being Pathway, delivering self-care and wellness programmes in her local community. Her volunteer roles include Parent Governor, Healthy Clubs sub-group member and Mentor for rural women’s groups.