About Damian McAlister
Damian McAlister is the Director of People and Culture in Ulster University. Prior to this Damian was the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and was in this role between August 2014 and February this year. Prior to this Damian was the Human Resources Director for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and also worked as a Co-Director within HR in the Belfast Trust.
Damian also had 18 years within the Northern Ireland Civil Service, working at various junior and senior grades across a number of Government Departments including the Social Security Agency, Child Support Agency and Department of Health.
Within his role in the Department of Health Damian was responsible for Workforce Policy within the HR Directorate. Within this role he was the NI Representative on new national pay systems for NHS staff and then overseen implementation of the new employment arrangements in Northern Ireland for the 70,000 staff who work in our health and social care system
Damian is currently a Trustee and one of three national Deputy Presidents of the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) the representative body for HR professionals in the NHS within the UK. Damian served as the NI Branch Chair of HPMA between April 2013 and March 2015.