With over 30 years of experience in the world of occupational health, Dr. Black provides professional advice and direction to all of Blackwell Associates’ valued clients.
Having founded the practice in 1997, Dr. Black is passionate about helping patients return to or remain in work, by helping employers accommodate their health needs.
As an aviation enthusiast, Dr. Black is also a qualified aeromedical examiner for the Civil Aviation Authority and specializes in fitness assessments for safety critical employment, such as airline or chartered pilots.
Dr. Alan Black’s Top Tip for healthy employees: Ensure you have a healthy and sustainable work-life balance - don’t let bringing work home become the norm!
Liz Lowry BA (Hons)
With a BA (Hons) in Business and Finance from the University of Ulster,
Liz has played an integral part of Blackwell Associates since its opening
With over 25 years of experience in the occupational health field, Liz is
well placed to understand the difficulties and issues that companies face
in today’s economic environment.
Liz’s main duties include managing client relationships and ensuring the
delivery of an effective and efficient service, while complying with the
appropriate legislation and guidelines at all times.
Liz’s Top Tip for healthy employees: Become aware of posture and
ergonomics to avoid sore muscles and bones. Maintain a relaxed yet
supported posture and make sure you change positions frequently.
Jill Scott (RGN BSC Hons. OH)
One of the original staff members of Blackwell Associates, Jill has over
25 years of experience in occupational health.
Having worked in a variety of fields prior to Blackwell, she has a strong
clinical background and is committed to ensuring the health and
well-being of clients.
She regularly takes courses and shares her knowledge with colleagues to
assist them in providing a high level of customer care.
Jill’s Top Tip for healthy employees: Laughter is the best medicine!
Joanne Austin (RGN, BSc, Post Grad. Diploma)
Occupational Health Advisor
With over 25 years nursing experience, Joanne worked in Neurosurgical
Units in both the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Royal Preston Hospital
for 10 years. Following this, Joanne worked in a General Practice and as
a Nursing Sister in Occupational Health at the Royal Group of Hospitals.
For the last 10 years, Joanne has worked alongside Blackwell’s Nursing
Team, where she updates all appropriate courses and assessments required within her role as an Occupational Health Advisor. Joanne also ensures a high level of performance at all times, by liaising with clients on a
regular basis and understanding their needs.
Joanne’s Top Tip for healthy employees:Make an effort to always monitor
your nutrition and portion sizes and ensure a diet consisting of a good
range of healthy foods, including fruit.
Julie McCullough (BSc OHSM, RN CMIOSH)
Occupational Health Adviser
With over 12 years of experience, Julie entered the world of occupational
health after completing a degree in Occupational Health and Safety
Management. In addition, Julie has also achieved Chartered membership of
the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, holds an Advanced
Diploma in Nursing Studies and has obtained a PG Diploma in Occupational
Having previously spent time working as a nurse on the wards of Belfast
City Hospital, Julie has now been with Blackwell Associates for almost 10
years delivering the highest levels of patient care.
Julie works alongside Blackwell's nursing team in learning the most up to
date nursing techniques and procedures, ensuring a consistently high
performance for Blackwell's clients.
Julie’s Top Tip for healthy employees: Communication is key, particularly
in times of stress in the workplace. Simple steps like talking things
through over a cup of tea is often the best way to maintain good staff
Joanne joined Blackwell Associates in 2015 and works alongside the
nursing team to ensure the high level of performance to meet clients
expectations. Having previously spent time working as a nurse in the
Royal Victoria Hospital and various travel clinics, Joanne brings with
her vast experience and skills in her field.
Joanne’s Top Tip for healthy employees:Maintain a sense of humour,
partake in regular exercise and enjoy a healthy, balanced diet.
Joanne joined the Blackwell Associates team in 2014 and brings with her
over 16 years of secretarial and administrative experience. Supporting
the daily activities of the department, Joanne enjoys liaising with new
and existing clients daily, while ensuring the smooth running of all
administrative tasks within the practice.
Joanne’s Top Tip for healthy employees: Whether you work at a desk or
have a more labour intensive job, make sure you rotate your duties as
regularly as you can to keep your mind alert and to reduce the risk of
repetitive strain injury.
Susan has over 17 years of experience in administration, with the
majority spent supporting operations in the field of occupational health.
Since joining Blackwell Associates in 2011, Susan plays a crucial role in
coordinating daily practice operations and ensuring compliance with
contractual policies and KPIs.
As a true people-person, Susan thoroughly enjoys her involvement with
both contractors and clients on a daily basis.
Susan’s Top Tip for healthy employees:Keep your staff happy and healthy!
Staff who are treated with fairness, equality and respect are more likely
to be productive and reliable.
Bringing an outstanding 31 years of experience with her, Louise joined
Blackwell Associates in 2015 to help ensure the practice runs seamlessly.
Welcoming patients and putting them at ease along with scheduling
relevant appointments, is one of Louise’s key duties. She also helps the
wider team with various daily tasks.
Louise’s Top Tip for healthy employees: Stay positive by aiming to be a
team player and be open and approachable at all times.