Minister appoints Councillor to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners

Regional Development Minister, Michelle McIlveen, has announced the appointment of one Derry City and Strabane District Councillor to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners.

The appointment follows the recent resignation of Councillor Gerard Diver.

Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving Londonderry Port.

The Minister has appointed Councillor Jim McKeever to serve a first term. The Councillor was nominated by Derry City and Strabane District Council and appointed following a selection process.

The appointment will take effect from 8 February 2016 and will last for as long as the appointee remains on the Council, up to a maximum of four years.

Michelle McIlveen said:

“I congratulate Councillor McKeever on his appointment to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. I am confident that his experience and knowledge of local issues will add significant value to the work of the Port in its ongoing development and operating to the highest standards. I would also thank Councillor Diver for his work and wish him every success in the future”.

The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland Code of Practice.

Notes to editors:

1. The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners are a body corporate, having perpetual succession, which was first constituted by the Londonderry Port and Harbour Act 1854. Its constitution is now enshrined in the Londonderry Harbour Order (Northern Ireland) 2002. The Londonderry Port and Harbour Orders 1854 to 2002 conferred powers on the Commissioners to preserve, improve and manage the Londonderry Port and Harbour. The Commissioners also have the powers to construct and maintain specific works, to levy dues, to deal with abandoned vessels and to make bylaws. In common with other Northern Ireland and Great Britain ports similarly constituted, Foyle Port is generally referred to as a ‘Trust Port’.

2. The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners Board has a membership of a Chair and seven Non-Executive Directors, including the nominated three councillors from Derry City and Strabane District Council and one Executive Member. The Non-Executive Directors currently receive remuneration of £8,156 per annum based on attendance of one to two days per month.

3. The appointments will be for a maximum of four years and will only remain valid while the persons so appointed remain members of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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. Councillor McKeever has declared that he has undertaken political activities for the Social Democratic Labour Party.

5. Councillor Jim McKeever is a full time member of the council and represents the Faughan Electoral Ward. He is a member of the Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee and Environment and Regeneration Committee. He is also a member of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Executive and a volunteer within the local community for the Cruise Centre Young Driver Road Safety Project.