Appointment of new members to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment announced

The Department of Education has announced the appointment of three new members to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

Mr Tom Armstrong is from Belfast and has worked in the Further Education (FE) and post primary sectors both as a lecturer and more recently as a school principal. Mr Armstrong is involved as a volunteer in community partnership arrangements representing the post primary education sector. He brings to the Council experience in strategic-planning and implementation of strategic change and a knowledge and experience of education. Mr Armstrong does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years. 

Mrs Kathleen O’Hare is from Newry and has been the Principal of St Cecilia’s College, Derry since 2002. She brings to the Council experience in governance including strategic planning and a knowledge and experience of education in both the post primary and Higher Education sectors. Mrs O’Hare is on the Board of Governors of Hazelwood Integrated College and the Board of Directors of the Verbal Arts Group. She does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Dr Leslie Caul is from Newtownabbey and has held senior positions in Stranmillis University College and over a period of 30 years has written books and academic articles on education. He has held the position of Chair of the Irish Football Association (IFA) since 2007. He brings to the Council experience in governance and strategic leadership and a knowledge and experience of education within the Further Education/Higher Education sector. Dr Caul does not hold any other public appointments and he has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Notes to editors:

1. The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment was established on 1 April 1994 and is a statutory body that provides advice to DE and DEL on matters relating to the curriculum, assessment and examinations for children in schools and colleges. The Council members are appointed by the Minister for Education in accordance with Schedule 3 to the Education (NI) Order 1998.

2. Council Membership comprises a Chair and thirteen Members.

3. The term of appointment is for four years. Council members are not remunerated but attract travel and subsistence allowances.

4. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner requires the political activity of appointees to be published.