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Meet new boss at Stormont, who's joining a list of mandarins on £120,000 a year

By Rebecca Black

Published 15/07/2016

Lesley Hogg is new chief executive at Stormont
Lesley Hogg is new chief executive at Stormont

You may not have heard of her, but this woman has just landed the top job at Stormont - and will take home a pay packet on a par with the First Minister.

Former power station boss Lesley Hogg has joined the privileged circle of top civil servants who earn six-figure salaries courtesy of the public purse.

She has been appointed the new chief executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and will take home a salary of between £117,532 and £125,000.

Mrs Hogg is the first woman to assume the role and takes up the post following the retirement of former chief executive - also known as clerk - Trevor Reaney, who had held the position since the restoration of devolution in 2008.

She is the former director of strategic and regulatory affairs for AES, which owns the Ballylumford and Kilroot power stations.

As Stormont's clerk she will be responsible for providing procedural advice and support to the Assembly Speaker, advising the Assembly Commission, taking responsibility for leading a professional secretariat to support the Assembly, and acting as the accounting officer for the body.

Speaking this week about her appointment, she said she was ready for the challenge.

"I am very much looking forward to my new role as clerk/chief executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly, both as a new challenge and an opportunity to make a contribution to the political life of Northern Ireland," she said.

"Throughout my career -which has encompassed many different roles in both the private and public sectors - I have tried to bring fresh thinking and a strategic approach to my role.

"I think that will be of benefit at the beginning of a new mandate with a new Assembly, a new Speaker and new structures."

Mrs Hogg's pay package - which the job description for the role put at £117,532-£125,000 - compares favourably to First Minister Arlene Foster, who earns £120,000.

It is on a similar scale to Belfast City Council chief executive Suzanne Wylie, who also earns £120,000.

Some of the highest paid publicly-funded roles in the province include Translink chief executive David Strahan (£156,000) and Northern Ireland Water chief Sara Venning (£147,000).

In comparative terms, former Prime Minister David Cameron received an annual salary of £142,500.

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