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Extension of appointment of Board Members of Libraries NI

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has announced the extension of the terms of appointment for the following Board Members of Libraries NI:


  • Mr Patrick Carvill
  • Mr Alastair McDowell OBE
  • Ms Jane Williams

Their terms of appointment have been extended, with effect from 1 April 2013, until Autumn 2013. Each Member has served one term on the Board.

Notes to editors:

1. Libraries NI, the body responsible for managing and delivering the public library service throughout Northern Ireland, is a non-departmental public body with 807 staff and has an annual revenue budget of £30.26m. The Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership for an important statutory public service, and ensuring the most effective use of resources for a modern library service within the policy and accountability requirements set by the Department.

2. Remuneration for this post is £3,000 per annum plus travelling expenses.

3. The extended appointments have been made in accordance with the CPANI Code of Practice.

4. 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.

5. Biographical details:

Mr Patrick Carvill
Mr Carvill has extensive experience of the public sector. He was previously the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Finance and Personnel, as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education. He is a Trustee of National Museums Northern Ireland, for which he receives travel and subsistence expenses only, and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Clinical Excellence Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the Commissioners appointed to discharge the functions of the South Eastern Education and Library Board, for which he receives £500 per day. No other public appointments are held. Mr Carvill is currently on the Libraries NI Services Committee, and has brought policy development skills as well as corporate governance experience to the Board. He has had no political activity in the last 5 years.

Mr Alastair McDowell OBE
Mr McDowell previously served as the acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. Prior to that he was Head of Business Affairs at the Policing Board and held a similar post with the Police Authority for Northern Ireland. Mr McDowell, who is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Graduate of the Open University, has wide corporate governance and financial management skills and experience. He holds no current public appointments. Mr McDowell serves on the Libraries NI Audit and Risk Committee. He has had no political activity in the last 5 years.

Ms Jane Williams
Ms Williams is an Education Officer at National Museums Northern Ireland and a Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Ulster. She has taught Methodist College, Wimbledon High School and at Queen’s University for the Open Learning Programme. She was formerly a member of the NI Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Chair of the Library Committee of the South Eastern Education and Library Board and a Board Member of Bryson Charitable Group. She holds no current public appointments. Ms Williams is the Chairperson of the Libraries NI Services Committee and also serves on the Information Systems, Remuneration and Business Support Committees. She has brought strategy and policy development skills to the Board. She has had no political activity in the last 5 years.

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