Welcome To The Belfast Charitable Society

Based at Clifton House, the Belfast Charitable Society has long played an historic role in the development of Belfast and the welfare of its people. The Society was founded by a group of leading businessmen in the city to build a Poor House and Infirmary for the most vulnerable citizens of Belfast. The Society is now led by a Board of Members.

Who Is The Belfast Charitable Society

To promote, protect and enhance the philanthropic heritage of the Society through the direct intervention and collaborative working for the benefit of the community
To be the recognised leader in the provision of progressive, relevant and philanthropic charity throughout Belfast and beyond.

Belfast Charitable Society is committed to being:
– Inclusive
– True to its past
– Progressive and flexible
– Proactive in addressing disadvantaged
– Open, transparent and accountable
– Honest and reliable
– A provider of quality services

Aim One: To lead and influence how philanthropy is delivered and developed in Belfast and beyond.

Aim Two: To preserve and promote both the built heritage and history of the Society.

Aim Three: To develop a creative and sustainable robust organisation focussed on the disadvantaged and poverty.

Meet the Board

David Watters
David WattersChairperson
David is a founding partner of McClure Watters which was formed in 1989 and under David’s leadership the firm has grown into one of the largest accounting and advisory firms in Northern Ireland. David is a highly regarded business professional who has sat on the boards of many local companies and charities for a period extending over nearly thirty years. As a consequence, David has a wide range of commercial and governance experience obtained through participation at an executive and advisory level in a great number of sectors. He is a board member of the Northern Ireland based Trustee of The Spirit of 2012 Trust. David was recently appointed as a non-executive director of the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency.
Una MaCauley
Una MaCauleyHonorary Secretary
Una recently retired from Co Director of Older Peoples Service at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She has many years experience in the provision and management of services for vulnerable client groups as well as managing a large multidisciplinary workforce. Una also a Trustee on the Board’s of Extra Care and Age NI.
Una was familiar with the work of the Belfast Charitable Society when she was employed by the Belfast Trust and considered it to be one of the leading local organisations providing care for older people . She decided to join the board of the Belfast Charitable Society given its long association with the care of the elderly and the Society’s unique historical heritage in the city.
Alan Moneypenny
Alan MoneypennyBoard Member
Director Ulster Community Investment Trust. Trustee and chair the Audit and Risk Committee of RelateNI. Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee Riverside Theatre, Coleraine. Governor at Wellington College
Colin Graham
Colin GrahamBoard Member
Colin is a documentary Film maker, the Chair of Digital Art Studios Belfast and a Main Board Director of GRAHAM Holdings Ltd.
Colin became involved with the Belfast Charitable Society to help the Society protect its philanthropic heritage and to ensure it remained relevant in today’s difficult social and economic environment. He also wanted to help and encourage a new era of philanthropic generosity.
Philip Hall
Philip HallBoard Member
Philip has recently retired from the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He worked in the Department for Social Development in Project Management and Information Security. Philip was seconded to the Society between 1999 & 2001 to manage the ‘Home From Home Charitable Appeal’, which raised £1.2m. After returning to the Civil Service to work in Social Housing delivery, he was later invited to join the Society’s Board and work with those involved with Buildings and Maintenance.

Philip has always been interested in the history of the Society and how they established Belfast’s first hospital, introduced early public health measures, developed Belfast’s first water supply amongst various other things.

Bill Osborne
Bill OsborneHonorary Treasurer
Bill is a Director of VSB Foundation and Chairperson of the Building Change Trust. The VSB Foundation is small charitable body primarily supporting volunteering, citizen engagement and community development. Bill joined the Society on the recommendation of another member and with his valuable background in the Community and Voluntary sector he was then asked to join the Board.

According to Bill social innovation and enterprise are seen as new concepts but the history of the Belfast Charitable Society illustrates otherwise. He sees the development of the water system for Belfast by the Society in 19th century as innovative and entrepreneurial. Bill intends to continue to develop social enterprise and philanthropy within the Belfast Charitable Society.

Diane Graham
Diane GrahamBoard Member
Diane is the Matron and Chief Executive with operational responsibility at the Ulster Independent Hospital. She got involved with the Charitable Society because of her expertise in the provision of care for the elderly. Her experience and skills in healthcare was considered extremely beneficial to the Charitable Society.

Diane wishes to continue with the altruistic values and spirit of helping which have motivated the Belfast Charitable Society since 1774 when the Poor house and hospital opened to provide care for the disadvantaged.

Sonya Ferguson
Sonya FergusonBoard Member
Sonya is a Senior Director, Global Head Client Operations at Q2 Solutions, a Quintiles Quest Joint Venture. The company help biopharma, medical device and diagnostics customers improve human health through innovation that transforms science and data into actionable medical insights.

Sonya got involved with the Charitable Society to support the preservation of historical artefacts and set the strategic aims and supporting objectives of the Society.

Alan Maitland
Alan MaitlandBoard Member
Alan is a retired civil servant, formerly a member of the Departmental Board of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. His experience includes the development and corporate governance of a number of arm’s length public bodies, HR and corporate services and social and economic regeneration. He is also a member of War on Want’s development committee, a mentor for members of CO3 (chief officers in the third sector) and a member of his local town regeneration association.

Alan considers it an exceptional privilege to be able to serve in an organisation with such a long history of pioneering public benefit in Belfast.

Meet the Team

Paula Reynolds
Paula ReynoldsChief Executive
Lucy Fraser
Lucy FraserEvents Co-ordinator
Louise Canavan
Louise CanavanHeritage & Archive Manager
Aaron McIntyre
Aaron McIntyreHeritage & Marketing Assistant