Minister appoints Temporary Chair to South Eastern Regional College

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry announced the appointment of Mr Edward Jackson as Temporary Chair of the Governing Body of South Eastern Regional College (SERC) today.

Referring to the appointment, Minister Farry said: “Mr Jackson has been a longstanding member of the College Governing Body and I am pleased to appoint him to this role.

“I would also like to note the achievements of the outgoing chair, Robson Davison, and take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution to the College and the wider further education sector.”        

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 Jackson took effect from 6 January 2016 and will run until 15 March 2016 or until a new permanent Chair is appointed, whichever first occurs.

The competition to appoint a permanent Chair commenced at the beginning of December.

Notes to editors:

1. In 2014/15, South Eastern Regional College had a total student enrolment of 35,520 and employed 673 people (expressed as full-time equivalents) of whom 386 are teaching staff.

2. Appointments to further education college governing bodies adhere to the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice, which can be found here: The appointment of a temporary Chair, which is regarded as an exception to the Code, has been made in consultation with the Commissioner.

3. Until 2012 Mr Jackson was Finance Director/Company Secretary and part owner of a local construction company, with responsibilities for Finance, HR, IT and Company Law. Since then he has set up his own Accountancy company servicing SMEs and the self-employed in the Greater Belfast area. Mr Jackson has been a member of the governing body of South Eastern Regional College since 1 April 2010 and was reappointed for a second term from 1 April 2014. He is currently Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

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. Mr Jackson has not carried out any political activity in the last five years. He will be remunerated at a rate of £20,000 per annum during his period as Temporary Chair. Travelling and subsistence allowances are also payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.