Chief Executive Officer
The driving force behind the HCIL ethos and vision, Mairead is a qualified health care professional who worked in the Health Sector for many years. Her reputation for delivering professional, person-centred, progressive health care is evident in the diverse and growing range of operating divisions within HCIL, a leader in care, support and housing solutions celebrating over 23 years in business across Ireland.
Since the company was established in 1995, HCIL has grown to a team of 1,200 staff across Ireland, delivering 6,000 calls every day to clients living independently in their own homes and providing over 2,000 beds every single night for vulnerable families or those who are at risk of homelessness.
HCIL has developed a robust reputation as being the employer of choice and a leading provider of domiciliary care, focusing on quality care for every single one of its clients, delivered by a passionate, professional team. It’s wide range of clients include older people, families, patients recovering from surgery, people dealing with addictions, single and young parents and young people leaving care. Mairead recently founded ‘ICare Digital’, a digital solution for improving communication and care in the home.
Mairead’s passion for philanthropy and giving back to her community is highlighted in the number of charities, mentoring initiatives and networks she is involved with. Most notably is the fantastic work of iCare, a charity of which Mairead was a founding member in 2010. iCare is passionate about creating real change within our society, offering opportunities for people to become better citizens through training & volunteering, making a positive difference to people & communities. To date, iCare and its team of 300 volunteers has raised over £300,000 and have delivered over 250 iCare Wishes (acts of kindness) across Ireland.
Mairead is the founding member of EVOLVE, a local women’s network that promotes and encourages strong personal leadership, positive mental health, mindfulness and wellbeing. The network hosts a series of annual events and workshops aimed at engaging, inspiring and supporting local women to be the best they can be.
Mairead has been a business mentor with Young Enterprise NI since 2014, dedicating her time and expertise to guide, support and inspire the participating students with their business ideas.
She has been a keynote speaker at several national industry events including the Northern Ireland Civil Servants Women’s Mentoring Circle, The Leadership Institute at Queens University and the SMART Health Conference 2018.
She sits on the Belfast ‘lean in’ leadership team and the Connected Health Innovation Committee (CHIC) at the University of Ulster.
Mairead won the Women in Business Customer Services Award and was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award & HCIL has won several awards including Employer of the year, Training in Healthcare, Workplace Excellence, Community Commitment & is recognised as a leader in CSR & Employee Engagement.
With a background in business and a wide range of business interests, Gerald is responsible for the development of the Homecare Housing division including the Manor House Retirement Village project. He is also responsible for the introduction of the Car fleet and oversees the strategic development of Homecare Independent Living.
Both Mairead and Gerald formed Homecare Independent Living back in 1995. Since then, they have been directing and managing the expansion of the Homecare Company.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Caroline is responsible for the finance function of HCIL.
With over 10 years’ professional experience in the senior finance profession, she has a strong strategic and commercial focus and a track record for adding Value. Caroline has complete responsibility for all financial functions within Homecare Independent Living and manages the financial portfolios of additional business interests.
Caroline is a graduate from the University of Ulster with a BA Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance. She completed her professional accounting exams with the Institute of Chartered Accountants and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007.
Caroline was a founding member of the iCare charity and plays a central role in all fundraising and volunteer activities.
Oliver is a graduate of the University of Ulster, Coleraine. He joined Homecare Independent Living in 2002 and was appointed Housing Manager a short time thereafter.
Oliver is specialised in meeting specific needs of referral agencies by sourcing and providing all types of accommodation. This may include adapting the accommodation if required in order to support clients with complex needs.
Janine has worked for Homecare since 2005 having held positions in the Operations department as both an administrator and quality auditor.
Since 2008, Janine has managed the day to day functions of the Executive Office in her role Executive Assistant (EA) to Mairead Mackle, CEO. Her attention to detail, vast range of organisational and administrative skills coupled with her commitment to the role and pride in her work means that Janinehas great working relationships with all departments in the organisation.
Janine is passionate about doing what she can to help others and giving back to her local community, taking great pride in her role as a founding member of HCIL's dedicated employee charity iCare.
Janine is a prominent member on the iCare committee and plays an integral role in identifying, coordinating and facilitating all fundraising events, activities and surrounding publicity/promotion particularly Santa's Gatelodge the annual 22 night christmas extravaganza and supporting local community Wishes granted by the HCIL team.
Over twenty years, Dympna has gained extensive experience in managing people, both in Ireland and across Europe. Dympna joined Homecare in 2006 and been successful in various senior management positions, including support services and domiciliary care. The knowledge and experience she has gained, as well as her extensive academic achievements, position her perfectly to lead our recruitment division. As recruitment manager Dympna is responsible for workforce and succession planning as well as well as well as the sourcing and assessment of all candidates across the organisation.
Dympna holds a Level 7 in Strategic Management & Leadership and is currently studying PgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication.
Quality and Training Manager
Joan brings many years of experience to Homecare Independent Living Independent Living, having managed the human resource function of a large London firm for 9 years.
As one of our longest serving employees, Joan understands our people and our vision. Bringing a unique combination of compassion and professionalism to her role, Joan is the champion of our learning ethos.
Peripatetic Services Manager
Joanne Murray graduated with a BSc in Social Work in 2008. During her time as a student social worker Joanne completed her first placement with older people, adults with learning disabilities, physical health and disabilities and mental health. Her second placement as a student social worker was in a maternity hospital working to child protection policies and procedures and to support parents of babies requiring neo-natal care.
Patrick joined in Homecare Independant Living as IT Manager in March 2015. He has over 15 years’ experience in multi-site IT support in numerous industries, specialising in Windows environments.
Patrick is responsible for the entire IT ecosystem within Homecare Independent Living encompassing all hardware, software and communication technologies. He is also driving forward our move to Office 365 and creating a more mobile workforce.
Graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2014 with a BSc. Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies. Previous employment with Dunbia Dungannon acting as Procurement Officer with duties involving organising, purchasing and haulage logistics of livestock. Owen also worked as Project Co-ordinator for a range of improvement projects within Dunbia during a placement year, making significant savings for the business.
Owen joined Homecare in 2015 as Fleet Manager taking responsibility for the fleet of cars.