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Property developer to be new Northern Ireland Policing Board chairman

Property developer Barry Gilligan is set to take over as the new chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

His appointment is expected to be confirmed at a meeting in Belfast tomorrow, replacing three-times chairman Professor Sir Desmond Rea who is to stay on as an independent member for another two years.

Mr Gilligan, a founding member of the board which was set up in November 2001 as part of the new policing arrangements, has been vice-chairman since April 2006. He will officially become chairman on June 1.

It's understood Brian Rea and Trevor Ringland are in the running to take up his outgoing role. That appointment will also be announced tomorrow.

Mr Gilligan lives in Belfast where he runs his own property, investment and development company. He has a degree in economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

He has served as chairman of Colin Glen Trust (10 years) and Groundwork NI. He has also served on the Board of Investment Belfast, Belfast City Centre Management and Common Purpose.

Sir Desmond was appointed chairman of the first board in September 2001.

He is a former chairman of the Labour Relations Agency, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment and the Northern Ireland Local Government Staff Commission. He is a former non-executive director of AIB (UK) and is currently chairman of the Ulster Orchestra Society and editor of the First Trust Bank's Economic Outlook and Business Review.

Meanwhile it's believed that one of the five candidates for the job of deputy Chief Constable has withdrawn.

Applications from three PSNI assistant chief constables, Drew Harris (crime operations) Judith Gillespie (rural) and Duncan McCausland (criminal justice) as well a senior officer from a force in Britain will be considered before interviews for the job to take over from Paul Leighton are held on May 27.

The board is also likely to discuss preliminary plans to find a replacement for the Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde, 50, who is due to leave next September after more than seven years in Belfast to become president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

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