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.


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Mr W Leathem, Chairman

Ms C Magill, Director
Mr Raymond Donnelly, Director

Mr Dermot O'Hara, Director

Mrs J Cowan, Director

Mr R Havlin, Director

Mr W Atkinson, Chief Executive

Mrs SJ Mowbray, Company Secretary / Head of Corporate Services



William Leathem

Appointed as chair from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2023

First term of appointment



Carol Magill 

Chair of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

First Appointed from 1 Jan 2017 to 1 Jan 2020

Second term of appointment from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 May 2020


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



The Chair position attracts remuneration of £270 for each board meeting attended while Board Members receive remuneration of £140 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.


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.





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

Statement of Investment Principles Document



Head Office (Directions)

182-188 Cambrai Street, Belfast, BT13 3JH

Tel: 028 9035 6600
Fax: 028 9035 6611
Mini-com: 028 9075 7012
Text Phone: 028 9075 0625
Email: info@usel.co.uk

Portadown (Directions)

2 William Street, Millennium Court 

Portadown, Craigavon, BT62 3NX

Tel: 028 3835 0202
Email: info@usel.co.uk

Londonderry/Derry (Directions)

Gortfoyle House , 104 Spencer Road, Derry - Londonderry, Co Derry, BT47 6AG


Tel: 028 7116 1595

Email: info@usel.co.uk

Ballymena (Directions)

Unit 30, Woodside Road Ind Est,
Woodside Road, Ballymena, BT42 4QJ

Tel: 028 2568 9576

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