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Re-Appointment of Non-Executive Chair and five Non-Executive Members to the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC)

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

Health Minister, Edwin Poots today announced the re-appointment of the Chair and five Non-Executive Members to the Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing & Midwifery (NIPEC) each for a further four year term.

Professor Carol Curran (Chair) has been re- appointed from 20 June 2013; Mrs Alison Baxendale (Lay Member); Mrs Maureen Clark (Lay Member); Mr Alan Henry (Lay Member); Mrs Marina Lupari (Professional Member); have been re-appointed from 18 July 2013; and Mr Paul Davidson (Lay Member); has been re-appointed from 1 August 2013. 

Notes to editors:

1. Professor Carol Curran lives in Ballyclare. She brings to her role as Chair of NIPEC her leadership skills at a time when the Council is currently under review. She was initially appointed Chair of the Agency for a two-year term from 20 June 2011 to 19 June 2013. Professor Curran holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

2. Mrs Alison Baxendale lives in Donaghadee. She continues to make a valuable contribution to NIPEC since her appointment. While her participation is as a Lay Member, her own professional background in health has added greatly to the work of the Council. Mrs Baxendale was initially appointed to the Agency for a two-year term from 18 July 2011 to 17 July 2013. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. 

3. Mrs Maureen Clark lives in Rathfriland. She brings professionalism and plays a participative role as a Lay Member on the board of NIPEC. Mrs Clark was initially appointed to the Agency for a two-year term from 18 July 2011 to 17 July 2013. Mrs Clark is currently a Member of the Governing Bodies of Further Education Colleges (Southern Regional College) for which she receives no remuneration. She has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. 

4. Mr Paul Davidson lives in Donaghadee. His background of strategic planning in terms of experience and as an Open University Lecturer on Operations Management Concepts/Models and Processes has contributed to the NIPEC planning process and has benefited the direction of NIPEC processes. Mr Davidson was initially appointed to the Agency for a two-year term from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2013. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. 

5. Mr Alan Henry lives in Newtownards. He makes a very effective contribution to the NIPEC board, particularly in regard to risk management and audit and is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr Henry was initially appointed to the Agency for a two-year term from 18 July 2011 to 17 July 2013. He holds a number of other public appointments and is a Member of the Fair Employment Tribunal, for which he receives £174.00 per day; a Member of the Governing Bodies of Further Education Colleges for which he receives no remuneration; the Grant Maintained Integrated Schools (Blackwater Integrated College Downpatrick) for which he receives no remuneration; and the Industrial Tribunals (Northern Ireland) for which he receives £174.00 per day. Mr Henry and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. 

6. Mrs Marina Lupari lives in Magherafelt. Her knowledge of Health & Social Care Trust strategies and procedures has proved valuable in her role as a Lay Member of the board of NIPEC. She was initially appointed to the Agency for a two-year term from 18 July 2011 to 17 July 2013. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. 

7. The overall aim of NIPEC is to support and contribute to the professional development of nurses and midwives to enable them to play a proactive and responsive role in the delivery of high quality health and social care services. NIPEC supports nursing and midwifery services across all sectors.

8. These re-appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

9. The Non-Executive Chair of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery receives annual remuneration of £10,521 for a time commitment of 45 days per year. Non-Executive Member are not remunerated, but are entitled to claim expenses in relation to Council business. Members are expected to commit 20 days per annum to the appointment. 

10. The re-appointments were made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public safety. There are no specific qualifications for appointment. 

11. The board of NIPEC comprises of a non-executive Chair and not more than 14 members appointed by the Department. There are two categories of member. Sixty percent of the membership must be on the live professional Nursing and Professional register and the remaining forty percent is made up of lay members (that is any person who is not and never has been a registered nurse or midwife. 

12. 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 appointees declared that they had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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