Non-Executive Board Member appointed to the Department for the Economy

The Department for the Economy has appointed Colm McKenna as a Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM) to the Departmental Board. 

The primary role of a 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.

Mr McKenna’s appointment is for a period of three years effective from 14 September 2017. He will also chair the Department’s Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.

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  • Mr McKenna has enjoyed a long and successful career in Financial Services with Bank of Ireland Group, taking early retirement in October 2008. His final position was Head of Marketing Services, UK, but he previously held the positions of Head of Group Marketing, NI and Head of Treasury and International Banking. He is a Business Administration Graduate from Manchester Business School.
  • Mr McKenna was previously Deputy Chair of Investment Belfast (Belfast City Council) and Chair of the NI Euro Preparations Forum (Department for Enterprise Trade & Investment) and has recently stepped down as Chair of the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care (NICON).
  • Mr McKenna is Chair of the Northern Ireland Public Sector Chairs' Forum and Chair of the BBC NI Appeals Advisory Committee.
  • In addition, he holds a number of public appointments. He is Chair of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust – a short-term extension - (which attracts remuneration of £29,712 per annum), Chair of the NI Food Advisory Committee and non-executive director of the Food Standards Agency (which together attract remuneration of £21,704 per annum) and Chair of the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (which attracts remuneration of £25,730 per annum) and is due to end in March 2018.
  • Non-Executive Board Members are paid an attendance fee of £500 per day. The time commitment is approximately 17 days annually.
  • All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Mr McKenna has not had any political activity in the past five years.
  • The new appointee is bound not to engage in political activity which would in the opinion of the Department compromise their membership of the Board or the Department.

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