Phelim was appointed Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on 26 November 2014.

He joined HIQA as Director of Regulation and Chief Inspector of Social Services on 1 November 2012. He has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care services in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Phelim comes from a nursing background, with qualifications and experience in mental health, emergency department and community nursing. Prior to joining HIQA, he held a number of senior management positions in Northern Ireland’s health and social care system.  They included commissioning of health and social care services as Chief Nurse in one of the former commissioning boards and as Director of Regulation in the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).

Phelim has led on the strategic development and execution of programmes of regulation across health and social care services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. More recently, Phelim has worked within HIQA and in conjunction with other agencies to develop best practice in adult safeguarding, and in the promotion of human rights-based care in regulated services.