Economy Minister announces public appointment extensions

Date published: 28 January 2022

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced extensions to the terms of office of members of the governing bodies (GB) of North West Regional College and South West College.

Extensions to NWRC and SWC governing body members.
Extensions to NWRC and SWC governing body members.

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced extensions to the terms of office of members of the governing bodies (GB) of North West Regional College and South West College.

North West Regional College

The tenures of two GB members, Gavin Killeen and Samuel McGregor, have been further extended for six months from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2022. 

South West College

The tenures of two GB members, Gerard O’Hanlon and Michael Skuce have been further extended for six months from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2022. 

The extensions were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

1. Further education colleges are non-departmental public bodies of the Department for the Economy established under the Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. 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 delivering college services, the governing body takes into account the educational needs of the business sector and the local community.

2. Remuneration for GB members:

  • The post of GB member is remunerated at £250 for a governing body meeting and £150 for a committee meeting or event sanctioned by the Chair plus travel and subsistence allowances.
  • Travel and subsistence allowances are payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates in respect of activities carried out whilst fulfilling their duties.

3. 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. The individuals whose terms are being extended have all declared no political activity.

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