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Olive Macleod

Olive Macleod OBE joined RQIA as Chief Executive on 1 July 2016.

Olive qualified as a registered general nurse in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin and a registered midwife in the Lanarkshire School of Midwifery, Scotland. She spent 14 years in Canada at the Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto and Kingston General Hospital as an obstetric nurse, nurse leader and clinical educator.

In 1997 she joined the Mater Hospital, Belfast, as a staff midwife and worked in a number of roles including Assistant Director of Nursing in the hospital. From 2007, Olive was the Co-Director of Nursing in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, with responsibility for governance, performance and standards. Prior to her appointment to RQIA, Olive MacLeod was Director of Nursing and User Experience at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Olive was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2018, in recognition of her services to nursing.

Dr Lourda Geoghegan

Dr Lourda Geoghegan MB MPH MSc PhD FFFPH FFPHMI, joined RQIA in January 2017, as Director of Improvement and Medical Director.  Before joining RQIA, Lourda was Health Protection Consultant at the Public Health Agency.  Dr Geoghegan has a background in internal medicine and public health, and is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.  

Dermot Parsons

Dermot Parsons is Director of Assurance, with responsibility for delivery of the regulation of social care services, care homes, nursing agencies and a range of services for children.  Dermot first joined RQIA in 2007, and returned in 2018 as Deputy Director of Assurance, following three years in senior management at a regional voluntary organisation.  He is an experienced Social Worker having practised in Scotland and Northern Ireland and he also holds the Advanced Award in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration.  Throughout his career, Dermot has worked in a wide range of disciplines including disability, older people’s and children’s services and training.