Lyons announces extension to the term of NI Screen Chair

Date published: 12 August 2021

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced an extension to the term of the Chair of NI Screen, Dame Rotha Johnston.

Extension to tenure of NI Screen Chair
Extension to tenure of NI Screen Chair

The tenure has been extended from 1 July 2021 until 31 December 2021.

This extension was made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

1. A pen picture is available on the Department’s website.

2. Northern Ireland Screen (NI Screen), is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Department for the Economy and is funded under The Northern Ireland Screen Commission (Funding) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020. 

3. NI Screen’s role is to maximise the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries for the benefit of Northern Ireland. Its mission is to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland.

4. Current membership stands at 13 (Chair and 12 members).

5. 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.  Dame Rotha Johnston has not carried out any political activity in the past five years.

6. The Department for the Economy will initiate a new competition in September to appoint a new Chair in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice.

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