Department for the Economy Board minutes 2020 - 21 May 2020

Minutes from the Departmental Board Meeting 21 May 2020



  • Mike Brennan, Chair
  • Colin Lewis
  • Richard Rodgers
  • Heather Cousins
  • Diarmuid McLean
  • Paul Grocott
  • Stephen McMurray
  • Lisa Morgan
  • Colm McKenna (Independent Board Member)

In Attendance:        

  • Name redacted (Corporate Governance)
  • Name redacted (Corporate Governance)
  • Name redacted (Secretariat)


Agenda item Actions arising from discussion Action Owner and Current Position (to be completed prior to the next Board Meeting)

Revised 2020/21 Departmental Business Plan - Update


[Name redacted] updated the Board on the Covid-19 Response Business Plan for 2020/21. This included:

  • A change to the Strategic Objectives and all proposed actions being re-packaged under these Strategic Objectives.
  • A recommendation that some proposed actions are not included in the final plan and that it may be more appropriate to record in a divisional plan.
  • A recommendation that target dates are included where possible.

The Board agreed there was a need to have a published Plan as soon as possible.


  Explanation of Strategic Oversight Group along with graphic showing the structure of the Group to be added to ‘Our Governance Arrangements’ section. Paul Grocott
  Include information on total allocated additional funds for the £10,000 Business Support Grant Scheme, £25,000 Business Support Grant Scheme and the Micro-business Hardship Fund. Stephen McMurray
  Change any remaining ‘ongoing’ target dates to 31st March 2021. Name redact
  Action on staff communications to be re-submitted to Name redacted and included in final plan. Lisa Morgan/name redacted
  Any changes to proposed input to plan to be submitted to Corporate Governance by COP on 21st May. Heads of Group
  Draft plan to be forwarded to Name redacted, Internal Audit. Name redacted
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