Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Ex-police chief on pay review panel

Alan McQuillan has been named as one of three members of the panel set up to look into MLA's salaries

A retired senior police commander is one of three members on a new independent panel that will review MLA's salaries.

Former PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Alan McQuillan joins ex-Chief Medical Officer Dr Henrietta Campbell and Patrick McCartan, current chair of the Belfast Health Trust, on the body that will also examine pension entitlements and allowance payments for the 108 Assembly members.

The Independent Financial Review Panel, which will be headed up by Mr McCartan was appointed by the Assembly Commission. It will look at the current £43,000 annual salary paid to MLAs.

The three panellists will serve a five year term on a part-time basis. The chair will be paid £380 a day/£47.50 an hour while the two other members will receive £320 a day/£40 per hour.

Mr McQuillan left the police in 2003 and went on to head up the Assets Recovery Agency ahead of its merger with the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2007. He is now an independent management and security consultant.

Belfast Trust chair Mr McCartan was formerly chair of the Labour Relations Agency.

A former University of Ulster academic, in 2005 he became chairman of the NI Confederation of Health and Social Services Organisations and is a National Trustee of the NHS Confederation.

He has more than 35 years' experience as a negotiator, mediator and consultant in conflict resolution in employment matters.

Dr Campbell was appointed chief medical officer after a career as a GP. She left the post in 2006 and is currently a UK electoral commissioner and sits on the board of the Food Standards Agency.

The medic was also a member of the Prison Services Pay Review Body from 2006 to March 2011.

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