Appointments to the Board of Northern Ireland Screen

Date published: 23 July 2019

The Department for the Economy has announced three reappointments and nine new appointments to the Board of Northern Ireland Screen, effective from 1 July 2019.

The Department for the Economy has announced three reappointments and nine new appointments to the Board of Northern Ireland Screen, effective from 1 July 2019.

Dame Rotha Johnston CBE, Chairwoman of NI Screen (originally appointed 1 June 2013) has been reappointed for a further two years.  Elaine Sperber, Vice-Chair of NI Screen (originally appointed 1 July 2015) has been reappointed for two years. Member Greg Maguire, has been reappointed for four years (originally appointed on 1 July 2015).

Nine new members will join the Board. Mark Huffam CBE, Fionnuala Deane, Patrick Barr and Brenda Romero have been appointed for a period of five years. Michael Fanning, Sheila Fleming, Richard Hanna, Róise Ní Bhaoill and Susan Picken have been appointed for a period of three years.

Two existing Board members, Adeline Dinsmore and Michael Kuhn, will continue to serve on the Board until the end of their four year term in December 2020.

The appointments and reappointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. More information is available at the Public Appointments website.

Notes to editors: 

  1.  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 screen industry activity supported by Northern Ireland Screen was worth £270 million across the four years to March 2018.  A Company Limited by Guarantee, Northern Ireland Screen is a Non-Departmental Public Body which was formerly a Department of Culture Arts and Leisure sponsored body. It is the lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry.

On 9 May 2016, Northern Ireland Screen transferred to the Department of the Economy as part of the restructuring of government departments and the Department for the Economy is now the sponsoring department for Northern Ireland Screen. The Chair receives remuneration of £10,303 and the Vice-Chair £3,606 per annum. Board member posts are not remunerated but travelling and subsistence allowances are payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

2. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published. Only one appointee has declared political activity in the last five years, details of which are contained in the pen picture. None of the re-appointees have had any political activity.

3. Pen pictures are available on the Department's website 

4. Follow us on Twitter @Economy_NI

5. For media enquiries contact the Department for the Economy Press Office on 028 9052 9604 or email pressoffice@economy-ni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.

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