Governors appointed to Northern West Regional College

North West Regional College: appointment and reappointment of college governors

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today announced the appointment and reappointment of members to the Governing Body of North West Regional College.

The Minister has appointed three new governors and re-appointed two existing governors, whose first terms of office had come to an end. The appointments took effect from 1 August 2015 and each is for a period of four years.

The new governors are Mr Paul Laughlin, Mr Brian Quinn and Ms Susan Reid. The governors who are being re-appointed for a second term are Mr Gavin Killeen and Mr Samuel McGregor.

The governing body of a further education college is responsible for securing the efficient and effective management of the college, determining its strategic direction, appointing its senior staff and ensuring that the college acts as a responsible employer.

Appointments to the governing bodies of further education colleges are not currently remunerated.


1. North West Regional College (NWRC) is one of six, large further education colleges across Northern Ireland. Its three main campuses are in Derry/Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane. In 2013/14 (the latest year for which full, validated statistics are available), NWRC had over 23,000 enrolments and employed an average staff of 594 (expressed as full-time equivalents).

2. The new appointments are being made by the Minister following a public appointments competition. Both the appointments and reappointments are being made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

3. Appointments and reappointments to the governing bodies of further education colleges are for a period of four years and are not currently remunerated. However, plans to remunerate chairs and members of the college governing bodies are in train. It is anticipated that remuneration will be introduced during the early part of the term of these appointments.

4. Mr Paul Laughlin is employed as a Deputy Director within the Department for Social Development North West Development Office. In his role he has worked with community representatives, the business sector and elected representatives to develop and implement projects to deliver health, education, employment and community services across the North West. He currently leads the Quality, Places, Spaces and Neighbourhoods Catalyst Programme within the One Plan for Derry (One City One Plan One Voice), and is Chair of a Steering Group comprising Derry City and Strabane District Council, Planning Service, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Department for Regional Development, Ilex, and the Loughs Agency which has prioritised and delivered capital projects throughout the city. He is a member of the Steering Group managing the production of an Integrated Economic Development Strategy for the new Derry City and Strabane District Council. Mr Laughlin is a member of the Fair Employment Tribunal Employees’ Panel and of the Industrial Tribunals (NI) Employees’ Panel. For each of these roles he receives remuneration of £174 per day/£87 per half day.

5. Mr Brian Quinn is a chartered architect with 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. Since August 2014 he has been senior architect in the Property Services Division of the North Eastern Education and Library Board, now Education Authority – North Eastern Region. He was previously director of his own architectural practice for three years and a partner in a private architectural practice for 20 years. He is chairman of the Advisory Committee on Art and Architecture to the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. Mr Quinn does not currently hold any other public appointments.

6. Ms Susan Reid has over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager. During her career she has held posts within the Health and Social Care (HSC) sector as Director of Business Planning for the Craigavon and Banbridge HSC Trust and as Director of Commissioning and Planning in the Southern HSC Board until 2000. More recently, following a period as Country Director (Northern Ireland) of Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Ms Reid served for 10 years in the role of Chief Executive of Victim Support NI. Ms Reid does not currently hold any other public appointments.

7. Mr Gavin Killeen was educated at Foyle and Londonderry College and the Ulster University. He spent five years as Production Manager with Desmond & Sons Ltd before moving to the Nena Group in Donegal. From there he joined Nuprint as General Manager and in 2001 he studied for a part-time MSc in Business Improvement at the Ulster Business School. Following the collapse of the textile industry in the north west Mr Killeen led the company in a new direction. As a result of this strategic change, Nuprint has been transformed to provide a complete design and print service for intelligent labelling and wide format print solutions, providing customers with key communication, marketing and organisation tools.

He is Chairman of the Education and Skills Implementation Group under the One Plan (One City One Plan One Voice) Ilex Urban Regeneration Company Ltd, Vice President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and an active member of Business in the Community Leadership group, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Foyle College, a member of the DEL Expert Panel reviewing apprenticeships and Youth Training and a member of the steering group overseeing the Outline Business Case for the expansion of the Magee campus of the Ulster University. He has been a member of the governing body of North West Regional College since August 2011. Mr Killeen does not currently hold any other public appointments.

8. Mr Sam McGregor is a former director of development services, leisure and tourism at Limavady Borough Council. In this role he had responsibility for policy formation and corporate planning. He is a member of the governing body of St Finlough’s Primary School in Ballykelly and Limavady/Vigneux-sur-Seine Twinning Committee. He has been a member of the governing body of North West Regional College since August 2011 during which time he has been a member of the Education Committee and Vice Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Mr McGregor does not currently hold any other public appointments.

9. All appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. None of the five governors have carried out any political activity in the past five years.