Executive Directors

Director of Finance and IT

Paul Nicholson
Director of  Finance & IT  – Mr Paul Nicholson


Mr Paul Nicholson was appointed to the position of Interim Director of Finance & ICT for NIAS in July 2019.  Prior to that he held the post of Assistant Director of Finance since 2002.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) and, prior to moving to Northern Ireland, held a number of senior positions in the NHS in the North West of England.






Director of Operations

Director of Operations - Mr Brian McNeill
Director of Operations – Mr Brian McNeill

Mr Brian McNeill was appointed Director of Operations in June 2005, having previously held the position of Head of Training and Quality Assurance in Northern Ireland Ambulance Service from August 1996.

Mr McNeill was one of the first Paramedics to be trained in Northern Ireland in 1989 and worked on operational “front line” duties for over 12 years. During October 1998 to March 2000 he was Project Manager for the Strategic Review of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, which has been instrumental in influencing the modernisation of the Service. As Head of Training he was involved in the development of the business case for, and the planning and design of the new Regional Training Centre. He was the Northern Ireland Board representative for Paramedics on the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (now Health Professions Council).

Mr McNeill holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration.


Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services

Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services - Ms Roisin OHara
Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services – Ms Roisin OHara

Ms Roisin O’Hara was appointed as Director of Human Resources in March 2002.

Ms O’Hara has considerable Senior Management experience within Human Resources in the HPSS, and previously lectured at Queens University, Belfast. She worked previously as a Director of Human Resources in the voluntary sector and has previously held the office of Vice-Chair for the CIPD Northern Ireland branch.

Ms O’Hara has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.




Medical Director (acting)

Medical Director (acting) – Dr Nigel Ruddell

Dr Nigel Ruddell was appointed as Interim Medical Director in July 2017, having previously held the position of Assistant Medical Director from January 2009. He graduated from Queens University Belfast  in 1992 and trained in the Ulster Hospital Dundonald before working for nine years as a General Practitioner in Dromara, County Down. He has always had a keen interest in prehospital emergency care and has responded as a voluntary BASICS doctor alongside NIAS since 2000.

Nigel is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Chair of the Education Committee of the British Association for Immediate Care. He is a member of the MCUI (UC) Medical Team providing emergency care at local motorcycle racing events. Within NIAS he has a particular interest in the provision of medical equipment and emergency drugs as well as major incident management and emergency triage, and is a regional advisor for the Hazardous Area Response Team.