McKibbin named civil service chief
Stormont leaders have appointed a new head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Malcolm McKibbin, who has held a number of senior roles in government departments, will succeed Sir Bruce Robinson.
The job comes with an annual salary starting at £141,000 and carries the responsibility of leading 28,000 staff and acting as chief adviser to the Northern Ireland Executive.
Sir Bruce joined the civil service in 1982 and took on the lead post in 2008.
First Minister Peter Robinson and acting Deputy First Minister John O'Dowd confirmed Mr McKibbin as the new office holder.
"We very much welcome Malcolm's appointment and have every confidence in his ability to lead the Civil Service," they said.
Mr McKibbin is currently Permanent Secretary in the Department for Regional Development and previously served as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development.
He spent much of his career working throughout Northern Ireland in the Roads Service and was its chief executive for five years.
He said of his appointment: "I am honoured to have this opportunity to work with Executive ministers and the staff of the Northern Ireland Civil Service as a whole.
"I am confident that the ability, skills and commitment of the staff throughout the NICS (Northern Ireland Civil Service) will endure during what are undeniably very challenging times."