Senior Management Team

  • Stephen Mathews

    Chief Executive

    Chief Executive

    Stephen is the Chief Executive of The Cedar Foundation, a position he has held since 1991. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. respectively, from the Universities of Ulster and Birmingham and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Stephen holds NVQ Level V in Strategic Management, and has over 10 years experience as an Investors in People specialist.

    Stephen has previously been Chair and board member of CO3, The Association of 3rd Sector Chief Executives in Northern Ireland. He is an advisor to a number of grant giving charitable foundations including NI visitor for The Henry Smith's Charity. Stephen's professional interests include leadership development, strategic planning and performance management in the 3rd and Public Sectors.

    Stephen has led The Cedar Foundation to wide recognition as an EFQM European Excellence Award winner, for the public and not for profit sector and Investor in People Champion organisation, both achieved in 2007. The Foundation achieved Investors in People Gold Recognition in 2009. Stephen was appointed OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to people with a disability.


  • Eileen Thomson

    Deputy Chief Executive

    Deputy Chief Executive

    Eileen Thomson, Deputy Chief Executive of Cedar, is a Queen’s University graduate with a Masters in Social Work (1978), Masters in Organisation & Management (2003) and NVQ Level V in Strategic Management.

    Eileen's early career was in social work in the statutory sector in both practitioner and management posts. Eileen has a sister with cerebral palsy and had personal contact with Cedar before coming to work for the organization, initially as Senior Social Worker in 1984. She is a Lay Member of the Care Tribunal.



  • Linda Keers

    Financial Controller and Head of Administration

    Financial Controller and Head of Administration

    Linda joined the Cedar Foundation in February 2005 as Financial Controller and Head of Administration. Linda has 15 years experience in the financial and operational management of independent sector nursing home groups both in Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. She has also experience of European funding following a 2 year period of secondment to the Special EU Programmes Body as an N+2 Officer for both the Peace II and Interreg European programmes in Northern and Southern Ireland.

    Linda is responsible for managing the overall financial operation of The Cedar Foundation and for the management of the administration function within Corporate Services.


  • Kieran Molloy

    Co-Head of Employability & Inclusion Services (Belfast, South Eastern, SES)

    Co-Head of Employability & Inclusion Services (Belfast, South Eastern, SES)

    Kieran has worked in the training and employment field since 1990 having graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc degree in Mathematics.  He joined the Cedar Foundation as Employment Development Officer in 1996 before moving to his current position in 1998.

    Kieran has responsibility for a range of services across Northern Ireland aimed at helping people with disabilities to develop employability skills, secure and maintain employment or get involved in the community.  These include Cedar's Inclusion Works programme in the Belfast and South Eastern areas as well as Supported Employment Services regionally.  Since joining Cedar he has undertaken a wide range of professional development training and has achieved NVQ V in Operational Management, Advanced Diploma in Operational Management and Diploma in Supported Employment.  Kieran is Co-Chair of the Supported Employment Solutions (SES) partnership and represents Cedar on a number of key strategic bodies including the Board of the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment.

     


  • Elaine Armstrong

    Head of Employability & Inclusion Services (Northern, Western, Southern)

    Head of Employability & Inclusion Services (Northern, Western, Southern)

    Elaine has worked with Cedar Foundation since 1994. During this time she has beeninstrumental in establishing the current regional Brain Injury services, launched as a pilot in 1995. Elaine's experience involves having an active role in designing and delivering socio-vocational rehabilitation programmes aimed at promoting community inclusion after brain injury working in close partnership with statutory services to design and deliver bespoke services for people with brain injury.

     

    Elaine is currently Co-Head of the organisation’s regional Employability and Inclusion Services (Inclusion Works) with responsibility for Southern, Northern and Western areas. These services support people with physical disabilities including those with Acquired Brain Injuries to gain qualifications and develop the skills required to find a job or to get more socially involved in their local community.

     

    Elaine has experience throughout her time at Cedar working on European Partnership initiatives bringing additional expertise and learning that can be applied to local services and also enhancing the opportunities for people with disabilities to have an active role in leading edge research, such as design of Brain Computer Interface technologies.

     

    Elaine is a member of the Northern Ireland Traumatic Brain Injury Forum and Regional Communication Group. Recently Elaine has played a role in the HSCB Regional Acquired Brain Injury Action Plan working groups, in particular in developing the pathway document for Adult Community Brain Injury Services for the Voluntary sector in Northern Ireland and proposing the training standards framework for staff working within Brain Injury Services.  Elaine is an Ulster University graduate with a BSc Hons in Applied Psychology, post-graduate qualifications in Psychology (MSc Health Psychology, MSc Applied Psychology) and holds a level 5 Operational Management qualification.  She holds professional membership of the British Psychological Society.


  • Rosie McNaughton

    Co-Head of Community Services

    Co-Head of Community Services

    Rosie McNaughton was appointed to Head of Children and Young Peoples Services in January 2007. A former Community Children’s Nurse, she joined the Children and Young People Service in 1999 as Area Fieldworker and was promoted to Deputy Manager in Jan 03 and Deputy Head of Service in May 04.

    Rosie has been involved in the design of services for Children with disabilities within Cedar for a number of years and most recently has taken forward the development of an innovative service for children with complex health care needs (Inreach).

    On the policy front Rosie currently sits within the Board of Children in NI and Fleming Fulton School and is a member a number of strategic groups including Children with Disability Strategic Alliance (CDSA) and the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group (RABIIG).

    She has recently completed an NVQ Level 5 in management.


  • Deborah Stevenson

    Co Head of Living Options

    Co Head of Living Options

    Deborah Stevenson joined the Cedar Foundation in January 2009 as Head of living Options. Deborah qualified as a Registered Nurse in Surrey and worked for the NHS Learning Disability Services for a number of years before returning to Northern Ireland to work in both private and voluntary sector organisations, at senior management level since 1996.

    In 2000 she graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) in Management from the School of Health Science (UUC) and additionally holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice with the Ulster Business School.

    Deborah has been involved with the provision of residential care for over twenty years and has managed supported living options since 2003, working with people who have acquired brain injury, sensory impairment, physical and learning disabilities as well as those who have complex needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorder


  • Sharon Butler

    Co Head of Living Options

    Co Head of Living Options

    Sharon Butler is a Brighton University (BSc(Hons) Nursing 1992) and Queens University graduate (Masters in Organisation and Management (2000). Sharon qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 at the North Down College of Nursing, Northern Ireland. She has held various roles within the NHS for 13 years across Older People services as a Deputy Ward Manager at Brighton General Hospital, Ward Manager – Stroke Rehabilitation, Eastbourne NHS Trust and Clinical Manager at Hastings & Rother NHS Trust. Since 1996 Sharon has worked in the Private sector, managing Nursing Agencies and then onto Care Homes for Older People, managing a portfolio of 23 Care Homes in Northern Ireland and latterly Managing Director of Care Homes within the Priory Group across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

     

    Sharon moved to the Voluntary Sector in January 2012 to the NOW Project, and joined The Cedar Foundation in May 2013. Sharon is passionate about ensuring that leadership is seen as fundamental to the success of delivering high quality services, and is committed to embracing new ways of working to enable the delivery of therapeutic support and care.


  • Anne Woods

    Co-Head of Community Services

    Co-Head of Community Services

    Anne graduated from the University of Ulster in 1998 with a BA Honours degree in European Business Studies and, after a spell in the private sector in both Belgium and the Republic of Ireland, began working with The Cedar Foundation in October 2001.

    Anne holds a Higher Diploma and MSc in Rehabilitation Studies, both from University College Dublin. As part of her MSc she carried out research on measuring soft outcomes from vocational rehabilitation programmes.  She holds QCF Level 5 in Management of Health & Social Care Services and NVQ Level 5 in Operational Management.

    Throughout her career with Cedar, Anne has held various roles within the Training Services, Brain Injury Services and Social and Community Networking Services.  She is currently Co-Head of Community Services with responsibility for our regional Floating Support service, our Social and Community Networking service and the regional User Forum.

    Anne is also the Registered Provider of a respite project for adults with learning disabilities in the Southern Trust outside of her work with Cedar.