About Usel

Usel is Northern Ireland’s largest supporter of people with disabilities or health conditions into employment and operates a social enterprise business model. We exist solely to help people with disabilities and health-related conditions move into and sustain employment.  Every year we employ, support and train over 1200 people with disabilities or health conditions across Northern Ireland.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

William Leathem, Chairman

Dermot O'Hara, Director
Raymond Donnelly, Director

Joan Cowan, Director

Raymond Havlin, Director

Sarah Wakfer, Director

Damian Duffy, Director 

William Atkinson, Chief Executive

Stephen Ballentine-Kearns, Company Secretary / Head of Corporate Services

BOARD MEMBERS INFORMATION

Chair

William Leathem

Appointed as chair from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2023

First term of appointment

 

Members

Dermot O’Hara

Appointed from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2023

First term of appointment

Raymond Donnelly

Appointed from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2023

First term of appointment

 

Joan Cowan

Appointed from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2023

First term of appointment

 

Raymond Halvin

Appointed from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2023

First term of appointment

Sarah Wakfer

Appointed from 1st December 2020 to 1st December 2024

First term of appointment 

Damian Duffy 

Appointed from 1st December 2020 to 1st December 2024

First term of appointment 


 

Remuneration:

The Chair position attracts remuneration of £275.40 for each board meeting attended while Board Members receive remuneration of £142.80 for each board meeting attended. Travel and subsistence allowances for official business will be payable. Any extra work undertaken will be paid at an hourly rate.

BRIBERY STATEMENT

Usel and its management are committed to a zero-tolerance policy and will not accept any forms of bribery or corruption taking place within the organisation or by external people acting on behalf of Usel.

 

CORPORATE DOCUMENTS

 

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENT PRINCIPLES AND ENGAGEMENT POLICY IMPLEMENTATION STATEMENT 

This section is for members of the Ulster Supported Employment Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme (the “Scheme”). The Trustees are required to make certain information available to the members of the Scheme via a publicly accessible website. To comply with this requirement governing the disclosure of information, this page has been created to house this information.

 

The Statement of Investment Principles (“SIP”) is a document that details the investment principles that govern decisions about the Scheme’s investments including, but not limited to, the Trustee's investment strategy, including the investment objectives and investment policies adopted.

 

The Engagement Policy Implementation Statement (“EPIS”) outlines information on how, and the extent to which, the Trustees have put the investment principles outlined in the SIP into practice and describes the voting behaviour by, or on behalf of the trustees during the Scheme year.

 

The SIP and EPIS for the Scheme can be found in the links below. The Trustees have drawn up these documents to comply with the requirements of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995.

Statement of Investment Principles Document

Engagement Policy Implementation Statement (EPIS)