- Dr Paul Fogarty, a 1981 graduate of Queen's University Belfast before becoming consultant in the Dundonald hospital in 1993 where he works to this day.
He became received a Fellowship from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in 1998 and is a member of the Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Dr Fogarty's special interests are ultrasound and fetal medicine, minimal access surgery, urogynaecology and pelvic organ prolapse, medical education and communication. He is an RCOG trained assessor and has carried out hospital inspections, performance reviews of specialists and external review of critical incidents in Britain.
He chaired the UK National Patient Safety committee that produced the obstetric checklist and co-chaired the production of the Northern Ireland Maternity Strategy.
- Dr Nuala Lucas is based in Harrow, Middlesex, after postgraduate anaesthetic training at the Imperial School of Anaesthesia, London.
For two years she was obstetric anaesthetic research fellow at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. She serves on the committee of the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association and is chair of the Group of Obstetric Anaesthetists' in London. Her major interests include the critically ill parturient (women about to give birth) and the future of obstetric anaesthesia training.
- Denise Boulter is a registered nurse and midwife who qualified from Royal Victoria Hospital in 1992 and later in midwifery in 1996. From 2000 she was responsible for the ante-natal, intra-natal and post-natal care of a group of women with low-risk pregnancies who booked into the Royal maternity unit.
She has worked in the Mater, the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety (DSSPS), Northern Ireland before taking on the role with the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.
Among her duties is to be the designated responsible officer for serious adverse incidents within maternity. It also involves membership of the Public Health Agency's Safety Forum.
- Dr Bharat Patel is honorary consultant medical microbiologist for Barts Health NHS Trust and infection control consultant for Ealing Hospital NHS Trust Community Services Brent.
He has provided expert infection prevention and control advice and support to many NHS trusts during and outside peer review processes.
On the regulation front, he has worked with two national agencies: the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, Northern Ireland, and the Healthcare Inspectorate for Wales.
He has been involved with several independent review teams.
- Dr Robert Cunney is one of two Irish members. A graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1988, he trained in general medicine and specialised in medical microbiology at Beaumont Hospital and the college, followed by a fellowship at McMaster University Medical Centre in Canada.
Special interests include antimicrobial resistance and appropriate use of antibiotics.
He is the European Centre for Disease Control's national focal point for anti-microbial resistance for Ireland and co-ordinates national surveillance of anti-microbial resistance and anti-microbial consumption.
Dr Cunney is also medical director of Irish Meningococcal and Meningitis Reference Laboratory, and co-ordinator of the Irish Paediatric Surveillance Unit.
- Lorreta Evans was a stay-at-home mother of two children until July 28, 2005, when her youngest son Colin died in the Mater hospital six weeks after major surgery. His doctor had gone on holiday and he was not formally transferred to another medical team.
Three years after a formal complaint and inquiry, a new hospital handover policy was dedicated to Colin's memory and adopted in the hospital.
Ms Evans has since been involved in presenting to national and international patient safety conferences.
Five HIQA staff will support the inquiry team: Phelim Quinn, director of regulation; Hilary Coates, investigation lead; Mary Dunnion, investigation deputy lead; Margaret Cahill, investigation data manager; and Emily McLoughlin, investigation co-ordinator.