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Re-appointment of eight Non-Executive Directors to the Business Services Organisation (BSO)

Health Minister, Edwin Poots today announced the re-appointment of eight Non-Executive Directors to the Business Services Organisation for a second term of appointment ranging from two to four years with effect from 1 April 2013.
Friday, 5 April 2013

The details of the Non-Executive Directors re-appointed are as follows:

  • Mrs Geraldine Fahy has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of three years;
  • Mr Alan Hanna has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of four years;
  • Mr Gregory Irwin has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of four years;
  • Mrs Hilary McCartan has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of three years;
  • Mr Robin McClelland has been re-appointed as a Trade Union Representative Member for a second term of four years;
  • Mr Brian McMurray has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of three years;
  • Mr Sean Mahon has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of two years;
  • Mr Gerald Strong has been re-appointed as a Lay Member for a second term of two years;

These re-appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointment for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors:

Appointments

1. Mrs Geraldine Fahy (Lay Member) lives in Belfast. She is a member of the Board’s audit committee and her skills as an experienced audit practitioner are particularly useful to the BSO. Mrs Fahy was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

2. Mr Alan Hanna (Lay Member) lives in Belfast. Mr Hanna’s analytical ability is of particular value to the BOS Board and is fully committed to his Non-Executive role. He was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. Mr Hanna is also appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Board for which he receives £5,845 per annum. He has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

3. Mr Gregory Irwin (Lay Member) lives in Belfast. His widespread experience of the public sector is especially useful to the Board. Mr Irwin was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

4. Mrs Hilary McCartan (Lay Member) lives in Belfast. She is a valuable and committed member of the board and her analytical skills are especially useful in the Audit Committee where her contribution is particularly valuable. She is a Member of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute for which she receives £3,745 per annum and is a Commissioner/Member of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission for which she receives £344 per day. Mrs McCartan was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. She has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

5. Mr Robin McClelland (Trade Union Representative Member) lives in Bangor. He is articulate and brings a clear perspective to the debate around the Boardroom table. Mr McClelland was initially appointed as a Trade Union Representative Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

6. Mr Brian McMurray (Lay Member) lives in Limavady. He is very articulate and knowledgeable and brings all round experience to the Board. Mr McMurray was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

7. Mr Sean Mahon (Lay Member) lives in Lisburn. Mr Mahon is particularly skilful in bringing his ICT experience to the benefit of the board. Mr Mahon was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast. This post is unremunerated. Mr Mahon has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

8. Mr Gerald Strong (Lay Member) lives in Omagh. His skills of analysis are particularly highly valued. Mr Strong was initially appointed as a Lay Member to the Business Services Organisation for a four year term from 1 April 2009. He is a Member of the Exceptional Circumstances Body for which he receives £260 per day. He has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

9. The Business Services Organisation provides a broad range of support functions for the health and social care service, bringing together services which are common to bodies or persons engaged in providing health or social services which include:

  • Administrative support, advice and assistance;
  • Financial services;
  • Human resource, personnel and corporate services;
  • Training;
  • Estate management and maintenance of buildings, equipment and land;
  • Information Technology, and Information Management;
  • Procurement of goods and services;
  • Legal services; and
  • Contractual compliance, internal audit and fraud prevention.

10. These appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

11. Non-Executive Directors of the Business Services Organisation receive annual remuneration of £5,296 for a time commitment of three days per month.

12. The board of the BSO comprises of four executive members, a Non- Executive Chair and eight Non-Executive Directors, including one Trade Union representative and seven Lay Members.

13. 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. All Non-Executive Directors being re-appointed declared that they had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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