Northern Ireland Education Authority's hunt for new boss fails
One of the biggest public bodies in Northern Ireland has been unable to find a new chief for the second time.
The Education Authority (EA) manages funding for schools and youth services across the province with an annual budget of around £1.6bn. It was formed in 2015 following the amalgamation of the previous education and library boards.
However, the EA has been unable to find a successor for its current chief executive Gavin Boyd. The post has been described as "one of the most demanding chief executive appointments in Northern Ireland" and comes with one of the biggest public sector pay packets - up to £200,000.
Mr Boyd had originally expected to step down by the end of 2016 with the post advertised in August 2016, but the EA did not make an appointment at that stage. The post was readvertised earlier this year, but the EA yesterday confirmed it has again not been able to make an appointment to replace Mr Boyd in the top job.
An EA spokesperson said: "Following completion of a rigorous recruitment and selection process, an appointment to the post of Education Authority chief executive has not been made. Chief executive Gavin Boyd remains in post supported by a well-established team of directors."
Ulster Unionist MLA, and former teacher, Rosemary Barton has asked the EA for an explanation, adding: "This is the second time that there has been a failure to appoint a new chief executive to the Northern Ireland Education Authority. While there may be good reasons for the non-appointments, it would be useful to establish more of the facts around these failures."