Mr Houston is an experienced senior executive, with over 40 years experience working in the integrated health and social care system in Northern Ireland. He has over 20 years experience of operating at Board level, having worked at both Director and Chief Executive levels in a number of organisations.
Between 2009 and 2016 he was Chief Executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) – Northern Ireland’s independent health and social care regulator. He was, for three years, a member of the Board of the European Partnership of Supervisory Organisations (EPSO), served as President of that Board in 2015 and worked on projects in The Netherlands, Denmark and Kosovo.
Mr Houston is a qualified social worker and was the first Executive Director of Social Work in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. In 2014 he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Inter-Professional Health and Social Care Management from Queen’s University Belfast.
Mr Houston has served previously on the Boards of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). He currently holds public appointments on the Board of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the NI Public Prosecution Service
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