Lyons reappoints South West College governing body Chair

Date published: 19 August 2022

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has reappointed Dr Nicholas O’Shiel as governing body Chair of South West College.

Member re-appointments to board of Stranmillis University College.
Member re-appointments to board of Stranmillis University College.

The reappointment will be for a further period of four years with effect from 7 January 2023.

This is a regulated appointment and has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. More information is available on the CPANI website.

Notes to editors: 

1. South West College (SWC) is one of six further education colleges in Northern Ireland sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE). Colleges are non-departmental public bodies of DfE, which are established under the Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. Each governing body (GB) 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 GB takes into account the educational needs of the business sector and the local community.

2. The post of GB Chair is remunerated at a rate of £20,000 per annum, plus travel and subsistence allowances which are payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates in respect of activities carried out whilst fulfilling their duties.

3. Dr Nicholas O’Shiel is Chief Executive of Omagh Enterprise Company. Former roles include Chairman of Enterprise Northern Ireland, President of Omagh Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Omagh Local Strategy Partnership and Chairman of Omagh Business Forum Ltd. In recognition of his achievements, Dr O’Shiel is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for outstanding contribution to enterprise. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds a Doctorate in Management from the Ulster University and Masters in Management from Trinity College, Dublin.   

4. Dr O’Shiel has been Chair of the GB since January 2019. He previously served as a Governor of the College, and during his tenure served as Chair of the Education, Quality & Performance Committee and as a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.  

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. Dr O'Shiel has not carried out any political activity in the past five years.

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