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Re-appointment of Chair to the Business Services Organisation

Health Minister, Edwin Poots today announced the re-appointment of Mr Alex Coleman as Chair of the Business Services Organisation (BSO) for a further four year term with effect from 1 December 2012. This appointment carries a time commitment of two days per week.
Friday, 23 November 2012

The re-appointment was made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointment for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors:


1. Mr Alexander (Alex) Hall Coleman LLB LLM is a partner in a firm of solicitors in Belfast. He has vast experience in health issues and has been involved in a number of legal inquiries into sensitive health issues e.g. Human Organs Inquiry. During the last four years as Chair of the Business Services Organisation (BSO), Mr Coleman has demonstrated his commitment to further developing the BSO and to continuously improving its services to its customers. He brings his ability of strategic leadership and analytical thinking to the board. He has developed good ongoing working relationships between executives and non-executives and made a positive contribution to the work of the BSO. Mr Coleman holds no other public appointments:

2. 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

3. The Chair of the BSO receives annual remuneration of £22,000.

4. Appointments to the BSO are made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety. There are no specific qualifications for appointment. Each person is appointed to act in a personal capacity and not to represent any particular interest or group.

5. The appointment was made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. A selection panel, which included an independent assessor, as required under the Commissioner’s Code, considered the suitability of all candidates. The final decision on the appointment rested with the Minister.

6. 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 Coleman declared that he had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

7. Media enquiries to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0579. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned.