Managaging a Merger - the Belfast Story: from 6 Health & Social Care Trusts to 1

April 16 2015

Mergers present both challenges and opportunities for organisations and individuals. But how do those charged with leading mergers maintain good levels of service and involve staff in a meaningful way while controlling costs, bringing about improvement and laying the groundwork for sustainable change?

In 2007, as part of a slim down of Northern Ireland's public administration, six Trusts in greater Belfast were merged to create one organization - Belfast Health and Social Care Trust - delivering local and regional services and employing 20,000 people with a budget of £1.3 billion.

'Managing a Merger - the Belfast story' charts the steps that were taken and the lessons that were learned in the crucial first two years of the new organization.

Presented by three experienced individuals in their capacity as associates of the Leadership Centre, and taking place at a time of continuing major change in our public administration structures, this seminar offers timely and frank reflections to support and inform those who find themselves in the heat and dust of carrying forward a merger.


  • William McKee CBE was Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust from 2006-2010.
  • Marie Mallon was the Director of Human Resources for the Trust from 2007-2014 and also Deputy Chief Executive from 2011.
  • Dympna Curley was Head of Communications for the Trust from 2007-2012.

Free copies of the "Managing a Merger ~ The Belfast Story" booklet will be available for all attendees.

There is no fee payable for this event. A light lunch will be available at the start of the session.

To reserve a place please click on the 'Register' button above and complete an online booking form.