Meet the Team

  • Dr Martin Eatock, Medical Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Network

    Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, Belfast City HospitalDr Eatock qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and trained in Oncology in Manchester and Glasgow.

    He took up post as a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in Belfast in 2000 and is an active member of the Upper Gastro-intestinal, Hepato-pancreatobiliary and Neuro-endocrine tumour teams. He has clinical and research interests in gastro-intestinal cancer and drug development and is currently chief investigator for a number of national and international clinical trials in upper GI malignancy. Dr Eatock was appointed as Medical Director to the Northern Ireland Cancer Network in 2012 and has overseen the re-development of the Network since then with an expansion in the network site specific groups and the introduction of Peer Review of the Cancer Network and Cancer MDTs in Northern Ireland.  Outside of Medicine he is a keen cyclist.

  • Clodagh O’Brien, ​NICaN Network Manager

    Clodagh is the Network Manager, with a focus on the strategic and operational management of the managed clinical network.  She is a member of the HSCB/PHA Cancer Commissioning Team.  Clodagh oversees all Network Programmes/Projects and has line management responsibility for all Network Team members

    Email: clodagh.o’

  • Paula Treanor, NICaN Clinical Network Coordinator

    Paula is responsible for the coordination and business support of range of site specific Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) namely, thyroid, upper GI, melanoma & complex skin, colorectal, head & neck, gynaecological cancer and acute oncology.  Paula works with each CRG to develop, agree and monitor implementation of work programmes. This work is  aligned to recognised best practice guidelines and HSC strategic priorities and plan for service improvement and development across the patient pathway.  Paula has worked in the health service for 13 years, initially in accountancy and audit related roles before moving to business support roles in performance management and service improvement with a focus on elective and cancer services.


  • Sarah Donaldson, NICaN Clinical Network Coordinator

    Sarah is responsible for the coordination and business support of a range of site specific Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) namely Breast, Haematology, Brain CNS, Lung, Urology, Sarcoma and the recently amalgamated SACT/D&T group (Systemic Anti Cancer Therapies /Drugs & Therapeutics). Sarah works with clinical colleagues to develop guidelines,  policies and procedures, to improve the quality of care of patients throughout their cancer journey.  Sarah works with colleagues in HSCB to analyse capacity and demand for diagnostic and elective services to facilitate improvements along patient pathways and to improve survival rates for the people of Northern Ireland.  Sarah has worked in the health service for 14 years, initially in the Pharmacy department in the RVH then as a Cancer MDT Co-ordinator in the Northern Trust before moving to the HSCB to take up the role as Business Support Manager in the Belfast Commissioning team with a focus on community services including the establishment of the Primary Care Talking Therapies Hub and the transformational projects in partnership with the ICP team in Belfast.


  • Joy Beaumont, RISOH Project Manager

    Joy Beaumont is the project manager of the Regional Information System for Oncology and Haematology.  This project aim is to identify and implement a regionally effective clinical information system that will among other things facilitate electronic prescribing and allow standardisation of treatment regimens.  Her specific role is to lead the development and implementation of the system throughout the region within the agreed parameters using Prince2 methodology.  Joy has an ICT background having worked for South Eastern Trust for many years.


  • Loretta Gribben, Nurse Consultant

    RGN Dip Community Nursing (DN Option) BSc PGD MSc
    Loretta is a Cancer Nurse Consultant working as part of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Directorate in the Public Health Agency (PHA) and as part of the NICaN Management Team within HSCB.  Loretta has a strong demonstrable nursing career spanning primary and secondary care, across statutory and voluntary organisations and experience within clinical, research, teaching, managerial and leadership nursing roles. Loretta took up post in November 2016.

    Loretta is also a member of  HSCB Cancer Commissioning Team, working with locality based  groups, Clinical Reference Groups , HSC Trusts, Cancer Charities and other key stakeholders. Loretta works through appropriate PHA nursing structures to ensure alignment and delivery of nursing matters relating to person centered cancer, palliative and end of life care.


  • Jenny Wilson, NICaN Administrator

    Jenny joined the team in December 2018 and is responsible for all administration activities relating to the NICaN network team