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Appointment of five non-executive members to the Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority

Health Minister, Edwin Poots today announced the appointment of five Non-Executive Members (two Lay Members; one Medical Member; one Social Care Member; and one Nursing Member) to the Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

They are: Mr Brendan Garland (Lay Member); Dr John Jenkins (Medical Member); Professor Mary McColgan (Social Care Member); Mr Daniel McLarnon (Lay Member); and Miss Patricia O’Callaghan (Nursing Member).

The appointments carry a time commitment of 2 - 3 days per month and attract an annual remuneration of £5,845.

All appointees, with the exception of Dr John Jenkins, are appointed for a four-year term from 22 April 2013 to 21 April 2017. Dr John Jenkins has been appointed for a four-year term from 6 May 2013 to 5 May 2017.

The appointments were 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 appointments rested with the Minister.

Notes to editors:


1. Mr Brendan Garland lives in Belfast. Until November 2012, he was, for over 20 years, Chief Executive of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland and there are clear transferable skills attained in this role which he will bring to the role of Lay Member on the RQIA board. Prior to this Mr Garland was a Senior Manager for Andersen Consulting/Accenture. His clear knowledge of delivering organisational change involving a wide range of stakeholders at a high level, including Government, will also greatly assist the board. Mr Garland holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Dr John Jenkins lives in Ballymena. Dr Jenkins is a Clinician who has held many representative roles on relevant professional medical bodies. He is currently Council Member and Chair, Postgraduate Board of the General Medical Council. He demonstrated good strategic vision, good knowledge of the hospital sector, children’s health matters and a personal commitment to service improvement through effective regulation, all of which will greatly assist the RQIA board. Dr Jenkins holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Professor Mary McColgan lives in Limavady. She is a senior academic in the area of social work and sociology, combined with a long standing lead in a voluntary organisation providing domiciliary care. Professor McColgan is currently Head of School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster. Her ability to bring an academic/sociology view will be of value to the RQIA board, as will her experience in overseeing a domiciliary care organisation. Professor McColgan holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Daniel McLarnon lives in Greenisland, Carrickfergus. He has retired from Moy Park Limited, having worked from May 2008 as a Consultant and in September 2008 became Group Corporate Development Director. Prior to his employment with Moy Park Limited, he was employed by Gallaher Limited; Northern Ireland Electricity Limited; and Ulster Carpet Mills Limited. Mr McLarnon’s strong focus on customer/consumer focus within the private sector and its role in driving organisational change will prove valuable to the RQIA board. He holds no other public appointments, however, he is a Non-Executive Director (Audit Committee Member) on the board of the Northern Ireland Audit Office. Mr McLarnon has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Miss Patricia O’Callaghan lives in Belfast. She is a member of the International Board of Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital in Uganda overseeing Governance and Performance. Miss O’Callaghan returns to Uganda regularly for monitoring, teaching and further development. She has extensive experience, including Director of Nursing in a Health and Social Care acute Trust, during which time she led on quality improvement across the organisation, all of which will greatly assist the RQIA board. She is Member of the Industrial Court (Northern Ireland) for which she receives a daily fee of £265.00 per day. Miss O’Callaghan has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

2. The RQIA is an independent, non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). It has overall responsibility for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland and encouraging improvements in the quality of those services.

3. The board of RQIA comprises of a Non-Executive Chair and twelve Non-Executive Members.

4. Appointments to the Health and Social Care Board are made with the approval of the Minister. There are no specific qualifications for appointment of Lay Members. The Non-Executive (Medical) Member applicants were required to be included on the General Medical Council (GMC) register; Nursing Member Post applicants were required hold a current Nurse Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); and applicants for the Social Care Member Post were required to hold a professional social work qualification recognised by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and be registered on Part 1 of the NISCC Register. Each person is appointed to act in a personal capacity and not to represent any particular interest or group.

5. 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 are to be published. All appointees declared they have not engaged in political activity in the last five years.

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