Appointments made to the General Teaching Council for NI

The Department of Education has announced the appointment of four new members to the General Teaching Council for NI (GTCNI). The appointments were made in accordance with the principles and practices of the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

In making the appointments, the Minister for Education John O’Dowd said: “The skills and experience of these individuals will assist the General Teaching Council in moving forward during this challenging period.”      

The four new appointments are as follows:     

Mr Paul Boyle is currently the Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Public Services at the Belfast Metropolitan College. Mr Boyle brings to the Council experience in a number of governance areas including finance, setting targets and managing risk. He has experience of strategic decision making and working with a range of stakeholders both in industry and the public sector. Mr Boyle has declared that he has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years. He currently holds one other public appointment as a School Governor for Knockbreda Nursery School for which he receives no remuneration.

Mrs Sheila Fleming is a Principal Consultant for SFM Associates providing a range of HR and business consulting services. She is a Lay member of the Senate of QUB, a member of the QUB Audit and Risk Committee and a Council member of East Belfast Enterprise. As a Director of HR, Mrs Fleming brings to the Council experience in workforce management, recruitment, training and development. She has experience of working with a range of stakeholders within industry, academia and the public sector. She has worked with Invest NI and has spoken at global sales conferences. Mrs Fleming has declared that she has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and she does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Mrs Vicky Johnston is a Programme Manager with the Prince’s Trust, Belfast. She brings to the Council experience of risk management, developing plans and strategies to assist with accessing funding and experience in analysing data to identify areas of weakness and opportunities for growth. She has experience of working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders including schools, alternative education providers and young people. She was instrumental in bringing schools together to participate in a Community Relations Equality and Diversity related activity. Mrs Johnston has declared that she has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and she does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Ms Maria Mullally is a self-employed Barrister at the Bar Library. She is a PTA committee member of Our Lady and St Patrick’s College and a member of the Bar Library Charity Committee. She brings to the Council strong leadership, communication and negotiating skills and, through completion of three judicial reviews, has experience of public body accountability. Ms Mullally has declared that she has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and she does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Notes:

1. The General Teaching Council for NI is a non-departmental public body established by The Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. The Council is the statutory, professional and regulatory body for teachers in grant-aided schools and peripatetic teachers.

2. The Council has responsibility for maintaining a register of teachers; the approval of qualifications for the purposes of registration; regulatory functions relating to serious professional misconduct; providing advice to the Department and employing authorities on teacher registration, teacher training, career development and performance management, standards of teaching and conduct of teachers; and also for any additional functions the Department considers the Council may discharge.

3. The Council consists of 33 members including four members appointed by DE; one of which is representative of industry and commerce and three are representative of other interests that the Department considers would benefit the Council. The remaining Council members include person’s representative of teachers, employing authorities, transferors and trustees of grant-aided schools and institutions providing for the initial and further training of teachers.

4. The appointments are effective from 21 March 2016 until 14 October 2019 (unless terminated before that time). Members are not remunerated but can claim travel and subsistence allowances.

5. These appointments have been made in accordance with the principles and practices of the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. 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.