Minister makes appointments to the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced the appointment of five new Board members to the Board of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.

The appointments of Noyona Chundur, Lynne Crowther, Dr Sinéad Furey, Dr Joan Martin, and Mary Woods commenced on 1 January 2016 and are for a three year period.    
Commenting on the appointments Jonathan Bell said: “The new appointees bring a combined wealth of skills and experience to the Board of the Consumer Council. This will be of great value to the Council, as it pursues its aims of championing and safeguarding the interests of consumers in Northern Ireland within our current economic environment. I wish the new Board members and their team every success in the important work that lies ahead.”

The Minister added: “In the next few months we will be holding an open competition for a new Deputy Chair for the Board of the Consumer Council. We are looking for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to help maximise the relevance of the Consumer Council to all of our citizens and bring fresh perspectives on consumer issues from their own practical experience.”

Further details are available at: https://www.detini.gov.uk/publications/deputy-chair-consumer-council

The appointments have been made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissions for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors:

1. The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, established in 1985, under the terms of the General Consumer Council (Northern Ireland) Order 1984, is funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. The Council’s aim is to make the consumer voice heard and make it count. It has a statutory remit to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers in Northern Ireland and has specific functions in relation to energy, water, transport, postal services and food.

2. Under the provisions of the Order, the Board of the Council shall consist of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairperson and no more than 16 members. The remuneration as a Member of the Board of the Consumer Council is paid monthly and is currently: £52.21 (for under four hours) and £104.40 (for over four hours).

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 (if any declared) to be published. None of the appointees has carried out any political activity in the past five years.

4. For press enquires please contact the DETI Press Office, telephone 028 9052 9604. Out of office hours, please contact the Deputy Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.

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Noyona Chundur

Noyona is Head of Campaigns & Digital Solutions at Invest Northern Ireland. She is a non-executive board member and treasurer of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
Noyona brings skills and experience in communication, working in partnership, corporate governance and strategic thinking to the role. She does not hold any other public appointments. As a serving public servant, Noyona will not be paid the Consumer Council Board Member remuneration at this time.

Lynne Crowther

Lynne is a communications consultant providing guidance and mentoring on social media strategy, implementation and training. She has worked on campaigns for a number of organisations including Coca-Cola and ChildLine.
Lynne brings skills and experience in communication, strategic thinking, working in partnership and of consumer issues and representation to the role. She does not hold any other public appointments.

Dr Sinéad Furey

Sinéad is a lecturer in Consumer Management and Food Innovation at Ulster University, having previously been a senior executive officer in the Food Standards Agency in NI.
Sinéad brings skills and experience of consumer issues and representation, communication, strategic thinking and working in partnership to the role. She does not hold any other public appointments.

Dr Joan Martin

Joan is a Lay Representative on the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and a panel member of the Northern Ireland Courts Service Appeals Tribunal Service. She is also a Lay member on the General Osteopathic Council UK, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Bar Tribunal Adjudication Service, London, and a member of the Tribunal Appointments Board of the Council of the Inns of Court, London.
Joan brings skills and experience in strategic thinking, communication, working in partnership and of consumer issues and representation to the role.

Mary Woods

Mary is a self-employed consultant specialising in mediation, counselling and leadership mentoring and training. She was Regional Manager for Boots NI and then Head of Region, Boots Ireland. She was President of the Belfast Chamber of Trade.
Mary is a Lay Member of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal appointed by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice.
Mary brings skills and experience in communication, strategic thinking, corporate governance and working in partnership to the role
She holds one other public appointment as a Lay Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, remuneration, £7,960 per annum.