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Re-appointment and extensions to terms of office for members of CCEA

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

The Department of Education has announced the re-appointment of two CCEA members for a second term and the extension of the second term appointments of a further four members.

The re-appointments and extensions have been made with the agreement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The following members have been re-appointed for a second term until 31 March 2016:

Ms Michele Crilly: Brings to the role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and in the field of corporate governance having served as a CCEA member since 2006 and as a member of the Council’s Audit and Risk Management Committee. She is currently the Director of Education at Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Education and was previously e-Learning and High Education Manager at Edexcel and Distance Learning Manager at the British Council. She does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Mr John Wilkinson: Brings to the role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and in the field of corporate governance having served as a CCEA member since 2006 and as a member of the Council’s Education and Audit and Risk Management Committees. He is the Principal of Dromore High School, a member of the C2K Project Board and the Education Technology Strategy Management Group. He is currently a board member on the Southern Education and Library Board for which he receives no remuneration although he receives an attendance allowance (£22 up to four hours and £30.39 for more than four hours) in relation to his duties. He has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

The following members’ terms of office have been extended until 30 September 2013:

Mrs Helen McClenaghan OBE (Vice Chair): Brings to the role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and in the field of corporate governance. She has served as a CCEA member (including terms as Vice Chair and Acting Chair) since 2003. She has also been a Chief Executive of the Southern Education and Library Board and has served as a teacher and Board Officer. She does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Jim Clarke: Brings to the role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and in the field of corporate governance having served as a CCEA member since 2003 and as a member of the Council’s Finance and Education Committees. He is also Chief Executive of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and previously Principal of St Gabriel’s College, Belfast. He also worked as Chief Executive of an Event Management Company. He is a director of the Northern Ireland Events Company, a member of the Children and Young People Strategic Partnership and is Chair of the Belfast Strategic Partnership Lifelong Learning Committee. He does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Mr David Thompson: Brings to the role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and in the field of corporate governance having served as a CCEA member since 2003 and as a member of the Council’s Finance Committee. He has served on numerous education bodies, was a former Principal of the Belfast Boys’ Model and Regent House Grammar School in Newtownards. He does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Mrs Dorothy Black: Brings to the role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and in the field of corporate governance having served as a CCEA member since 2003 and as a member of the Council’s Education Committee. She is a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education and Course Director for Continuing Professional Development Masters programmes at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. She has previous experience as a teacher and as a field officer for Education for Mutual Understanding. She was a member of the General Teaching Council for NI. She is currently a member of the NI Food Advisory Committee for which she receives £5,319 in relation to her duties. She has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

 

Notes to editors:

 

1. CCEA was established on 1 April 1994 and is a statutory body that provides advice to DE and DEL on matters relating to the curriculum, assessment and examinations for children in schools and colleges. The Council members are appointed by the Education Minister in accordance with Schedule 3 to the Education (NI) Order 1998.

 

2. Council Membership comprises a Chair and 13 members. Members do not receive annual remuneration in respect of their appointment, although receive travel and subsistence allowances.

 

4. The appointments have been made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner requires the political activity of appointees to be published.

 

5. A new Public Appointment Competition is currently underway to appoint new members to fill vacancies when the appointments of the four extended members come to an end on 30 September 2013.

 

6. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/education-works for more information.

 

Watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thedeptofeducation

 

7. See photos from the Department of Education in our collection at http://www.flickr.com/niexecutive

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