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Monday 22 September 2014

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Farry announces reappointments to Northern Regional College and South Eastern Regional College Governing Bodies

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Employment and Learning

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today announced the reappointment of Mr Richard Jay and Mr Edward Jackson as members of the Governing Bodies of Northern Regional College (NRC) and South Eastern Regional College (SERC) respectively.

Referring to the reappointments Minister Farry said: “This is an important time for Colleges especially with the ongoing reviews of apprenticeships and youth training. They have the opportunity to play a crucial role in the training and development of a truly world class workforce, with the skills to meet the demands of our local economy. These reappointments will help to ensure that both Colleges continue to have Governing Bodies with the qualities, experience and commitment required to provide the strategic leadership and direction for the future.” 

The reappointment of Mr Jay took effect from 25 January 2014 and of Mr Jackson will take effect from 1 April 2014. Both reappointments are for a period of four years.

The Governing Body of a Further Education College is responsible for securing the efficient and effective management of the college, determining its strategic direction, appointing its senior staff and ensuring that the College acts as a responsible employer. 

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Jay is a former Head of Department in Queen’s University, Belfast. He has been a Member of the Governing Body of the Northern Regional College for the past four years and during this period he has served on the Education Committee and the Staffing Committee. For the past two years he has chaired the Education Committee. Mr Jay is the Governing Body representative on the College’s Safeguarding Committee, having undertaken the appropriate training.
2. Mr Jackson had worked for over 30 years as Financial Director/Company Secretary in a local construction company. As well as financial matters, he was also responsible for legal, HR and IT issues in the company. He now runs his own accountancy company, dealing with the financial affairs of individuals and firms. He has been a Member of the Governing Body for four years, serving as a member of and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
3. The reappointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland code of practice:www.publicappointmentsni.org.
4. 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. Neither Mr Jackson nor Mr Jay has carried out any political activity in the last five years. 
5. Appointments to the Governing Bodies of Further Education Colleges are not remunerated.

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