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Appointment of Vice-Chair to the Board of the Middletown Centre for Autism

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Education

Published 23/10/2013

The Department of Education today announced the appointment of the Vice-Chair to the Board of Directors of the Middletown Centre for Autism.

Professor Mary Hanratty CBE has been appointed by the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd following the completion of a public appointment competition. The appointment has taken effect from 21 October 2013 and will run until 15 March 2016. Professor Hanratty has been a Director on the Middletown Centre for Autism’s Board of Directors since 2007.

Professor Hanratty has worked as Director of Nursing and Midwifery Education for the Southern and Eastern Health and Social Services Boards, where she gained skills and experience in the development and management of education programmes for nurses involved in the care of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. She is currently a non-executive Director with the NI Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust, is Disciplinary Committee Chair of the NI Social Care Council and a lay member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Notes to editors:

1. The Middletown Centre for Autism is a joint North-South initiative with funding provided by the Department of Education in the north (DE) and the Department of Education and Skills in the south (DES) to support the promotion of excellence in the development and harmonisation of education and allied services to children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders.

2. The Vice-Chair is remunerated at a rate of £200 per day based upon an estimated workload of 2-3 days per month. 

3. Professor Hanratty has declared that she have not been involved in any significant political activity within the last five years. 

4. There are no specific qualifications for these appointments. 

5. Professor Mary Hanratty’s position as non-executive Director of the NI Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust receives an annual remuneration of £5,845. The role with Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is remunerated at the rate of £166 per day. The role with the NI Social Care Council is remunerated at the rate of £225 per day.

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 for more information.

Watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel:

7. View photos from the Department of Education in our collection at

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