Conan, lives with his family in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He has a long history with us as both his parents were heavily involved with the Northern Ireland (NI) local group from when he was a child. He has many fond memories of the group’s community events, including conferences, AGM’s, local family days and holidaying in society caravans around the country.
Conan has been one of our trustees since 2019. He has severe haemophilia A and having been born in the early 1980’s he came into contact with contaminated blood; becoming infected with hepatitis C. Fortunately, he is now clear of the virus.
“It’s very important to me that we can come together across all four corners of the UK to share experiences and support each other as a community, and this especially includes everyone affected by the contaminated blood scandal,” says Conan.
Conan has developed osteoarthritis in both ankles and as a result of all these experiences has a thorough knowledge of what it means to live with and manage haemophilia, along with the complications which can accompany it.
Having benefitted from the support and connections offered by the charity when he was young, Conan wants to help build bridges, foster a sense of community and give NI a voice within Haemophilia Society UK.
At home, Conan has a 12-year-old son who is really interested in his dad’s condition and very helpful when Conan is feeling sore, together with Conan’s partner and her little girl, they enjoy family life, socialising and down time. His interests include cars, boats, caravanning and travelling.
Professionally, Conan is from an engineering background and has held management positions in the NI water industry since 2002. His roles have provided experience in; project/energy management, strategy and policy including H&S and risk methodology, managing resources and budgets, implementing change, staff management, data analysis and briefing/presenting to senior management. All of which skills and experience we are grateful that Conan shares with us as a Trustee.