Extensions to DfE public appointments

The Department for the Economy has announced extensions to the terms of office of a number of chairs and board members of public bodies sponsored by the Department.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

The tenures of Maurice Johnston, Chair of the CITB and five members - Christopher Corken, Siobhan Hassard, David Henry, Derek Martin and Jackie Pollock, have been extended by a further six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Consumer Council (CCNI)

The tenures of Board Members, David Beattie, David Galloway and Sam Snodden have been extended for six months, from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI)

The tenures of Board members Tom Wright and Harry Sinclair have been further extended by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Invest Northern Ireland

The tenure of Mark Ennis, Chair, has been extended by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.  Board members, Brian Baird, Padraig Canavan and Judith Totten have had their tenures further extended by 6 months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Labour Relations Agency (LRA)

The tenure of Marie Mallon, Chair, has been extended for a further six months from 1 January 2018 until 30 June 2018.  Alison Millar’s tenure as a board member has been further extended for another six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.  Board members Gary McMichael, Daire Murphy, Jill Minne and Deirdre Fitzpatrick have had their tenures extended by six months from 1 December 2017 to 31 May 2018.

Northern Ireland Screen 

The tenure of Dame Rotha Johnston, Chair, has been further extended by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018. 

Northern Regional College

Richard Jay’s tenure, a Board member, has been extended from 25 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Stranmillis University College

The tenure of Professor Sir Desmond Rea, Chair, has been further extended by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.  The tenures of Board members Ken Nelson and Robert Thompson have also been further extended by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

South Eastern Regional College 

The tenure of Board member Gareth Hetherington has been further extended by six months from 1 January 2018 until 30 June 2018.

Tourism Northern Ireland

The tenures of Board members Michele Shirlow and Colin Neill have been extended by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.  Both Angelina Fusco and Terry McCartney have had their tenures further extended by eight months from 1 November 2017 to 30 June 2018.

The extensions were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. More information is available at www.publicappointmentsni.org

In addition to the above public appointments, the Department has also extended the tenure of Claire Hughes, Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM) to the DfE Departmental Board, by six months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018.

Notes to editors:

1. CITB NI is the only remaining statutory training board in Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to encourage the training of those employed or intending to be employed in the Northern Ireland construction industry. Members are remunerated at the rate of £144 per day for over four hours (£74 for less than 4 hours) attended.

2. CCNI, established in 1985, under the terms of the General Consumer Council (Northern Ireland) Order 1984, is funded by DfE. The Council’s aim is to make the consumer voice heard and make it count.  It has a statutory remit to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers in Northern Ireland and has specific functions in relation to energy, water, transport, postal services and food. Members are remunerated at £105.44 per day.

3. HSENI is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) with Crown status, funded by grant-in-aid from DfE. It was established on 1 April 1999 by an Order in Council, amending the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978. Its mission is to ensure that risks to people’s health and safety arising from work activities are effectively controlled. Remuneration for Board members is currently £3,850 per annum.

4. Invest Northern Ireland was established under the Industrial Development Act (Northern Ireland) 2002, and its role is to promote innovation, enterprise and competitiveness in Northern Ireland businesses, encourage new start-ups and market Northern Ireland as a location for inward investment. The Chair post is remunerated at £42,365 per annum and board member remuneration is currently £12,115 per annum.

5. The LRA is a non-departmental public body with responsibility for promoting the improvement of employment relations in Northern Ireland. The LRA contributes to organisational effectiveness by providing impartial and independent services for promoting good employment practices and preventing and resolving disputes. Chair remuneration is currently £24,190 per annum with a time commitment of six days per month.  Remuneration for a board member is currently £5,252 per annum with a time commitment of at least one day per month.

6. The Northern Ireland Screen Commission (trading as Northern Ireland Screen) was established in 1997 to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable film industry and culture in Northern Ireland. The Chair of Northern Ireland Screen Board is remunerated at £10,100 per annum.

7. Northern Regional College is one of the six Northern Ireland further education colleges. The governing body of a further education college is responsible for securing the efficient and effective management of the college, the provision of suitable further education to its students and determining the college’s strategic direction. In sustaining and developing its services, the governing body takes into account the educational needs of the business sector and the local community.  The post of member of a college governing body is remunerated at £250 for a Governing Body meeting and £150 for a committee meeting or event sanctioned by the Chair. Travelling and subsistence allowances are also payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

8. Stranmillis University College was founded in 1922 by the then recently established Ministry of Education for Northern Ireland to provide state-funded teacher training alongside that already available at the existing St Mary’s College. Both institutions have become academically recognised as university colleges of Queen’s University Belfast. Stranmillis offers teacher training for the primary and secondary school sectors as well as professional development courses, a BA in Early Childhood Studies and a BSc in Health and Leisure. Governing Body posts attract no remuneration but members can receive reasonable travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings.


9. The governing body of South Eastern Regional College is responsible for securing the efficient and effective management of the college, the provision of suitable further education to its students and determining the college’s strategic direction. In sustaining and developing its services, the governing body takes into account the educational needs of the business sector and the local community. The post of member of a college governing body is remunerated at £250 for a Governing Body meeting and £150 for a committee meeting or event sanctioned by the Chair. Travelling and subsistence allowances are also payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

10. Tourism Northern Ireland is a statutory NDPB established under the Development of Tourist Traffic Act (NI) 1948.  Its constitution and continuation were affirmed in the Tourism (NI) Order 1992.  Tourism Northern Ireland is funded by DfE under Article 7 of the Order, from monies voted by Parliament.  Tourism Northern Ireland is the trading name of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  Membership of the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland carries a remuneration of £5,150 per annum.

11. The primary role of a Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM) is to contribute to the good governance of the organisation. Non-Executive Board Members offer constructive challenge across the organisation’s business with a view to ensuring that all aspects of strategy and delivery of policy are scrutinised for effectiveness and efficiency. NEBM’s are paid an attendance fee of £500 per day.

12. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published. The extendees have all declared no political activity.

13. Pen pictures are available at: Public Appointment extensions pen pictures

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