New Chair announced for Belfast Metropolitan College

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today announced the appointment of Mr Frank Bryan as Chair of the Governing Body of Belfast Metropolitan College.

Minister Farry said: “Belfast Metropolitan College has a strong track record of understanding and responding to the needs of the economy, employers and learners in the Belfast area. The appointment of Mr Frank Bryan will ensure that the College has the strategic leadership in place to continue to grow from strength to strength and serve the whole community.” 

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.

The appointment of Mr Bryan took effect from 26 October 2015 and is for a period of four years.

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

Notes to editors:

1. Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast Met) is one of six, large further education colleges across Northern Ireland. Its main campuses are at Titanic Quarter, Millfield, Springvale, Castlereagh, Tower Street and Whiterock. In 2013/14 (the latest year for which full, validated statistics are available), Belfast Met had over 37,000 enrolments and employed 827 people (expressed as full-time equivalents).

2. The new appointment is being made by the Minister following a public appointments competition conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in Northern Ireland, which can be found at:

3. Appointments to the governing bodies of further education colleges are not currently remunerated. However it is anticipated that remuneration will be introduced during the early part of the term of this appointment.

4. Mr Frank Bryan is a senior executive coach and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. His current business leadership roles include:

– since 2009, non-executive Director of QUBIS Ltd, a Queen’s University spin-out vehicle for research and innovation. In addition, Mr Bryan stepped into the Acting Chief Executive role for this organisation over two years and he currently chairs the associated TechStart NI Investment Advisory Board;

– since 2010, non-executive Director of the Institute of Directors (UK). In this role he led on the Institute’s constitution and governance reform programme;

– since 2011, non-executive Director of Cirdan Imaging Ltd;

– since 2014, non-executive Director of Northern Ireland Hospice (Trading) Ltd.

As a chartered electrical engineer, Mr Bryan has been Managing Director of his own company providing engineering services since 1993.

Over many years, Mr Bryan has also served as a representative of the business community in Northern Ireland in a number of capacities including as Chairman of the Institute of Directors for Northern Ireland (2006–2008) and Chairman of their Northern Ireland Board (2003–2009). He is a current member of the Institute of Directors’ Economic Strategy Committee. Previously Mr Bryan served on the Northern Ireland Economic Development Forum and MATRIX, Northern Ireland’s Science & Industry Panel.

Mr Bryan has been a member of the governing body of Belfast Metropolitan College since August 2011. He has served as Vice-Chairman and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. In addition he currently chairs the Belfast Met Charitable Trust and the Audit & Risk Committee for the Police Ombudsman’s Office for Northern Ireland. Mr Bryan does not currently hold any other public appointments.

5. 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. Mr Bryan has not carried out any political activity in the past five years.