Jackie Pollock (Chair)

'My involvement with CAUSE begins with my sister who has a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder: I joined the board to help in some way to support carers as I’ve been there myself. I work as a Technical Consultant for Kainos Software and in my spare time I volunteer at a youth club for young people with learning disabilities. I also represent the club within the Mencap family. To chill out I’m normally found in the middle of a good book with a cup of tea at one side and my black cat on my lap. I am honoured to be the new Chair of CAUSE'

May McCann 

'I have been associated with CAUSE for many years now, both as a board member and as a member of staff, when for a limited period of time I worked part time as CAUSE Carer Advocate. In 2009 I was appointed by the Minister for HSSPSNI as a non-executive director of the newly established Patient and Client Council an independent, arms-length public body tasked with ensuring that the voice of all people on health and social care is sought, listened to and acted upon. I also chair the Bamford Monitoring Group whose role it is to seek and make known to the Minister, department, trusts and other relevant bodies, the views and experiences of people - service users, carers, the public and communities - concerning the changes being made to services resulting from the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability.'

Gillian Blair (Treasurer)

'I am a Chartered Certified Accountant working in the Civil Service as a Deputy Principal Accountant where my current role includes managing the Financial Accounting, Procurement and Financial Systems functions and producing the Departments Annual Resource Accounts. The reason I applied for the Treasurer position in CAUSE is because I believe the services offered by CAUSE are invaluable for the carers of a loved one with serious mental illness. While I have no direct experience in caring for a loved one with a serious mental illness a close family member was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I attended a carer training programme to help me understand the illness.'

Sheira Byrne

'I am a counsellor in training, enjoying returning to studies after several decades.  I have eight years experience as a Safeguarding and Child Protection school governor and volunteered with NSPCC School's Service, visiting primary schools delivering their Speak Out Stay Safe campaign to children, staff and parents.  
I have had experience caring for a family member with severe mental health issues and fully appreciate the outstanding commitment and support from CAUSE. I feel honoured to be part of this great family!'