Director General for the CAWT Partnership


Neil Guckian, Chief Executive of Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) has been elected to the role of Director General for the CAWT Partnership.  He replaces Damien McCallion, (HSE Interim Chief Operations Officer), who had been in the role since 2017.

Founded in 1992 with the signing of the Ballyconnell Agreement, Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) is a unique structure to provide an oversight for the planning, management and implementation of cross border health and social care. The core purpose of CAWT is to support its partner organisations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in their collective work to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living in the border regions and to enable better access to health and social care services.

North-South co-operation underpins all of CAWT’s cross border health and social care activity which is driven by the needs of cross border regions and the health priorities of all of the key partners.  Since its inception, CAWT has managed significant EU grant funding, enabling CAWT partners to enhance cross border health and social care and deliver services to communities in the areas of acute services, mental health, children’s services, community health & wellbeing and older people’s services.