Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service gets a new Chair and Council Members

Appointment of a Non-Executive Chair and three District Council Members to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Health Minister, Mr Simon Hamilton, today announced the appointment of a Non-Executive Chair and three District Council Members for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Ms Carmel McKinney has been appointed as a Non-Executive Chair, for a four year term from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019, Mr. Cadogan Enright has been appointed as a District Councillor for a four year term from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019; Mr Robert Irvine has been appointed as a District Councillor for a four year term from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019 and Mr. Peter Martin has been appointed as a District Councillor from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2019.

The Chair appointment carries a time commitment of 2.5 – 3 days per week and attracts an annual remuneration of £25,701 and the District Councillor appointments carry a time commitment of 3 days per month and attract an annual remuneration of £5,962

The appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. A selection panel, which included an Independent Assessor, as required under the Commissioner’s Code, considered the suitability of all candidates. The final decision on the appointments rested with the Minister.

1. Appointments

Carmel McKinney has over thirty years’ experience within the education sector, as a school principal, tutor and manager within the field of further and higher education. She has extensive experience of strategic leadership, organisational performance and change management, gained through a range of ministerial appointments including Chairperson of the Belfast Education and Library Board and currently as the Chairperson of the Northern Regional College (non remunerated). Ms McKinney is also a non executive member of the Safeguarding Board for NI (£6,242 per annum) and a member of Victoria College Board of Governors (non remunerated). Ms McKinney holds an OBE for services to Education in Northern Ireland.

Mr Robert Irvine lives in Fermanagh and has been a partner within R.J. Irvine; a quantity surveying and project management consultancy firm. He is also Chairman of Lisbellaw Youth Club. Mr Irvine holds no other public appointments.

Mr Cadogan Enright lives in Downpatrick. He is currently a District Councillor on the new Newry, Mourne and Down Super Council. He is also involved in voluntary work through the Down Steam Railway Society and Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership. Mr. Enright holds no other public appointments.

Mr Peter Martin lives in Bangor and is currently employed as a Lecturer in Economics, Leadership and Business Strategy at Belfast Metropolitan College. He has a long history of Christian voluntary work including 18 years as a leader in ‘Safezone’ and has worked in the past with charities dealing with child exploitation in Romania. Mr. Martin holds no other public appointments.

2. The appointments were made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety. There are no specific qualifications for appointment.

3. 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. Carmel McKinney has declared she has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. Cllr Enright has declared that he has obtained office as a District Councillor, MP, MEP, MLA etc. and has stood as a candidate for one of those offices, spoken on behalf of a political party or candidate, acted as a political agent, canvassed on behalf of a political party or helped at elections and made a reportable donation or loan to a political party on the Great Britain register of political parties. Cllr. Irvine has declared he has obtained office as a District Councillor, MP, MEP, MLA etc. and has stood as a candidate for one of those offices, spoken on behalf of a political party or candidate, held office as a Chair, Treasurer or Secretary of a local branch of a political party, canvassed on behalf of a political party, or helped at elections and undertaken any other political activity considered relevant. Cllr Martin has declared that he has obtained office as a District Councillor, MP, MEP, MLA etc. and has stood as a candidate for one of those offices, held office as a Chair, Treasurer or Secretary of a local branch of a political party, and canvassed on behalf of a political party, or helped at elections.