Appointments made to Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners

Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy has announced the appointment of three Derry City and Strabane District Councillors to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners (LPHC).

The Board is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving Londonderry Port.

The Minister has re-appointed Councillor Maurice Devenney to serve a second term. He was a non executive member of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners from 17 October 2011 until 31 March 2015. Councillor Gerard Diver and Alderman Derek R Hussey have been appointed for a first term.

The councillors were nominated by Derry City and Strabane District Council and appointed following a selection process.

The appointments take effect from 21 July 2015 and will last for as long as the appointee remains on the Council, up to a maximum of four years.

Danny Kennedy said: “I congratulate Councillor Devenney, Councillor Diver and Alderman Hussey on their appointment to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. I am confident that their experience and knowledge of local issues will add significant value to the work of the Port and facilitate the continued efficient and effective development of the port’s business in the years ahead.”

The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland Code of Practice.

Notes:

1. The role of the Commissioners is to preserve, improve and manage the Londonderry Port and Harbour. The Commissioners also have the powers to construct and maintain specific works, to levy dues, to deal with abandoned vessels and to make bylaws. In common with other Northern Ireland and Great Britain ports similarly constituted, Foyle Port is generally referred to as a ‘Trust Port’.

2. The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners Board has a membership of a Chair, a Chief Executive and seven Non-Executive Directors, including the nominated three councillors from Derry City and Strabane District Council. The Non-Executive Directors currently receive remuneration of £7,996 per annum.

3. The appointments will be for a maximum of four years and will only remain valid while the persons so appointed remain members of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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. Councillor Devenney has declared that he has undertaken political activities on behalf of the Democratic Unionist Party; Councillor Diver has declared that he has undertaken political activities for the Social Democratic and Labour Party; Alderman Hussey has declared that he has undertaken political activities for the Ulster Unionist Party.

5. Councillor Maurice Devenney represents the District Council’s Faughan area. He has served a term as a member of the LPHC Board, being appointed on October 2011 and received remuneration of £7,996 per annum.

6. Gerard Diver has been a Councillor since 2001 and represents the Waterside area. He is a former mayor of Derry, and is currently Chair of the Council’s Business and Culture Committee.

7. Alderman Derek R Hussey is a full time member of Derry City and Strabane District Council and represents the Derg area. He is a member of the Business and Culture Committee, the Environment and Regeneration Committee and the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee.