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Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Appointment of a Non-Executive (financial) Member and the extension to the Terms of Appointment of three (3) Non-Executive Members to the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Special Health and Social Care Agency.

Health Minister, Mr Edwin Poots today announced the appointment of Mr David Watters as Non-Executive (Financial) Member; and the extension to the terms of appointment of Dr Greg Kelly; Mrs Ann McMahon; and Mr Alistair Steenson to the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Special Health and Social Care Agency (NIGALA).

Mr Watters has been appointed for a four year term from 5 August 2013 to 4 August 2017. Dr Kelly; Mrs McMahon; and Mr Steenson terms of appointment have been extended for a further five month period from 1 August 2013 to 31 December 2013.

Non-Executive Members (which includes Mr Watters appointment and those appointees whose terms have been extended) receive an annual remuneration of £2,922 for a time commitment of 1-2 days per month.

NIGALA was established by the then Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) under powers contained in the Health and Personal Social Services (Special Agencies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1990. The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 established the general principle that the welfare of the child will be the Court’s paramount consideration in legal decisions involving children. NIGALA’s role is to safeguard and promote the interests of children by providing independent social work investigation and advice to the Court in specified public law and adoption proceedings and to provide effective representation of children’s views and interests.

The appointment of the Non-Executive (Financial) Member and the extensions to the terms of appointment were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The appointment of Mr Watters and the extension to the terms of appointment of the three Non-Executive Members (Dr Kelly; Mrs McMahon; and Mr Steenson) were made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and public Safety. There are no specific qualifications for appointment.

The board of NIGALA is made up of a non-executive Chair, 4 non-executive members and an Executive Director, who is an employee of the NIGALA.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. All four appointees declared that they had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Notes to editors:

1. Appointment
 

  • Mr Watters lives in Belfast and is managing Partner in RSM McClure Watters. He is a professionally qualified Chartered Accountant and Registered Auditor and has worked mainly within the private sector holding senior positions and responsibility for financial management of several organisations throughout his career. He will bring to his new role as Financial Member on the board of NIGALA his experience and involvement in senior finance positions together with his significant Board experience, including acting as a Board Chair. Mr Watters holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
  • Dr Gregg Kelly lives in Belfast. He brings to his role on the Board of NIGALA his extensive knowledge and experience of practice and research in child care issues, together with his understanding of the wider professional social work context within which the Agency operates. He was initially appointed for a four year term from 1st August 2005 – 31st July 2009 and re-appointed for a further four-year period from 1st August 2009 to 31st July 2013. Dr Kelly holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in a political activity in the last five years.
  • Mrs Ann McMahon lives in Derry. She is a Director with First Housing and Council Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Mrs McMahon brings to her role on the board of NIGALA her professional expertise in the law relating to children. She was initially appointed for a four year term from 1st August 2005 – 31st July 2009 and re-appointed for a further four-year period from 1st August 2009 to 31st July 2013. Mrs McMahon holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in a political activity in the last five years.
  • Mr Alistair Steenson lives in Belfast. He brings to his role on the Board of NIGALA his expertise in finance and governance. Mr Steenson was initially appointed for a four year term from 1st August 2005 – 31st July 2009 and re-appointed for a further four-year period from 1st August 2009 to 31st July 2013. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in a political activity in the last five years.

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