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The Department for the Economy has announced the appointment of four new governing body members to Stranmillis University College.

Majella Corrigan

Majella is Director of Planning and Schools Provision in the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS).

Majella has over 20 years’ experience working in education starting her career as a post-primary teacher before moving to the Northern Ireland Assembly to establish the Assembly Education Service. She then undertook the role of English Subject Officer in the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), subsequently moving to work with the Northern Ireland Qualifications Regulator which included the role of Programme Manager on the Ministerial Review of GCSEs and A levels, before returning to CCEA Awarding Body as Service Improvement and STEM Programme Manager. She has a BA in English, MBA, PGCE and PGDip in Educational Multimedia.

She does not hold any other public appointments.

David Jones

David is Professor of Biomaterial Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) at Queen’s University Belfast.  A graduate from QUB and the Open University 2015, he has been employed as a lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) and  as the Head of Formulations at Norbrook Industries Limited (NI) before returning to QUB in 1994 as a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy.  He was subsequently promoted to a personal chair in 1999.

David is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Statistician and a Chartered Chemist and is internationally recognised for his research concerning the application of materials science/engineering to address the industrial and clinical issues associated with implants and pharmaceutical dosage forms. 

He is the author of three textbooks, 12 patents and over 400 research papers/communications and the recipient of several awards including, the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Medal Award, the Lilly Prize for Pharmaceutical Excellence, the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovation Award and the Griffith Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

He is currently the co-founder of a drug delivery company, Re-Vana Therapeutics, a spin-out company from Queen’s University Belfast that is focused on the treatment of eye diseases.

David is a non-executive director of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (annual remuneration £8,283), a member of the Boards of Governors of St. Mary’s University College, Belfast; Glenwood Primary School and the Belfast Girls Model School, and he sits on the Statistics Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland (all non- remunerated).

Heather Miller

Heather Miller is a graduate of both Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. She has over 25 years’ experience in further education initially as a Lecturer in Business and Management and then as a Principal Lecturer in Business and Creative Studies. Following the reorganisation of the further education sector in 2007, Heather was appointed to the college management team of South Eastern Regional College and is currently the head of Quality, Excellence and Development with a specific responsibility for the quality improvement of higher education within further education.  Heather is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

She does not hold any other public appointments.

Peter Weil

Peter has extensive experience of broadcasting, marketing and education at a senior level. His roles have included head of network television, BBC North; senior vice-president, Discovery Networks International and chief executive, CTVC (part of the Rank Foundation).

Peter's broadcasting career has spanned more than four decades. He has produced programmes with Sir David Frost, Sir Robin Day, Jeremy Paxman. Dame Esther Rantzen, Eamonn Holmes and Gloria Hunniford. Peter was head of youth programmes at BBC Northern Ireland in the mid-eighties and was subsequently appointed the editor of BBC-1's "Wogan". He launched "First Edition with Jon Snow", a current affairs programme for 9-13 year olds, in 1994. It ran for eight years. He also pioneered TrueTube, an on line channel which specialised in religious education and citizenship. The channel won the BAFTA award for Children's Channel of the Year in 2017.

In 2000 Peter was invited to become a fellow of the Royal Television Society and in 2002, while working in the USA, he was appointed an alternate director for the Emmys committee.

He is currently the chair and chief executive of Politics in Action, a shared education initiative which involves 23 schools across Northern Ireland working with students from different backgrounds as they try to find solutions to the issues which matter to them.

He does not hold any other public appointments.

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