Tributes paid to departing health chief

Mairead McAlinden.
Mairead McAlinden.

The Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker has paid tribute to Mairead McAlinden, current CEO of Craigavon’s Southern Health and Social Trust on her new position of CEO at South Devon Health & Social Care Trust in Torbay.

Mrs McAlinden has been CEO of the Southern Trust for five years.

Mr McCusker said: “Mairead has given great work to the Southern Health Trust which received a Top 40 Hospital Award for the third year running.

“She is an excellent advocate for empowering staff to deliver innovation – with both patients and service users in mind. Her experience of integrating services here in Craigavon will serve her well in Devon. It’s a pity to see her go, but is another example of where Craigavon leads others follow. My congratulations to her, we wish her well in her new venture”.

Upper Bann MP David Simpson described outgoing Mrs Mairead McAlinden as a ‘colossus’ within the Health Service.

He added: “Mairead McAlinden has been an outstanding Chief Executive within the Southern Trust and she will be sadly missed by her colleagues, friends and myself as an elected representatives.

“Mairead was someone who through hard work and dedication worked her way up the career ladder and as a result knew every detail of hospital and Trust life.

“I believe this knowledge and dedication set her apart from others in the field and that is why I personally would describe her as a colossus within the Health Service. I always enjoyed a strong and effective working relationship with Mairead throughout my years as Member of Parliament for Upper Bann and I will miss her as a work colleague and also as a friend.”

He thanked her and wished her every success.