Temporary Governing Body Chair appointed at Northern Regional College

The Department for the Economy has appointed Mr Hugh Crossey as Temporary Chair of the Governing Body of Northern Regional College.

The appointment of Mr Crossey is effective from 19 June 2017 and will run until a new permanent Chair is appointed.

Notes to editors:

  1. Northern Regional College is one of the six Northern Ireland further education colleges. 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 sustaining and developing its services, the governing body takes into account the educational needs of the business sector and the local community.
  2. Appointments to further education college governing bodies are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice. The appointment of a Temporary Chair has been made in consultation with the Commissioner’s Office.
  3. During their period of appointment a Temporary Chair is remunerated pro-rata at a rate of £20,000 per annum. Travel and subsistence allowances are also payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.
  4. Mr Hugh Crossey is the current chair of the Bryson Charitable Group Board which is the 6th largest social enterprise in the UK. It employs over 600 staff and operates from 27 locations via seven different businesses in NI to provide a wide range of services to Northern Ireland communities to tackle social and economic challenges. Prior to this, he worked in consultancy with PwC where he was a partner for over 25 years, a member of the national advisory leadership team, and managing partner in the NI region.
  5. Mr Crossey is a former CBI (NI) Council member, and a former Chair of the European Education Research and Innovation Centre (EERIC), a not-for-profit organisation set up by a number of global ICT companies in conjunction with the NI Education Sector via the C2k Project. He is also a former chair of the IBEC/CBI All-Ireland Joint Business Council, which comprises major corporations from the island of Ireland, as well as Government Departments from both jurisdictions.
  6. Mr Crossey does not hold any other public appointments.
  7. 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 to be published. Mr Crossey has not carried out any political activity in the last five years. 
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