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Re-appointments to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has announced the re-appointment of Councillor Jenny Palmer and Councillor Jim Speers as members to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Friday, 15 November 2013

Councillor Palmer and Councillor Speers were previously appointed to the Board from 5 November 2009 to 4 November 2013.

Their appointment term will be from 5 November 2013 to 31 March 2015 and they will receive £6,740 per annum.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established by the Housing Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Under this Act, the Housing Executive took over the housing responsibilities of 65 separate authorities and became Northern Ireland’s overall housing authority. The Housing Executive is also one of Northern Ireland’s largest public sector organisations. With a budget of over £590m and a staff of approximately 3,000 the Housing Executive make a substantial contribution to better health, education and wellbeing through housing.
  2. The Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 provides for the appointment of a 10 person Board to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive with four members nominated by the Housing Council. The term of appointment for Housing Council members will be to 31 March 2015 to take account of the review of local government, with planned council elections to take place in May 2014 and new councils to be in place by 1 April 2015
  3. The appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice. The final decision on their re-appointments rested with the Minister.
  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.
  5. Councillor Palmer is a member of the Northern Ireland Housing Council. She is a member of the Democratic Unionist Party and holds no other public appointments. She has been involved in community work for four years and was elected to Lisburn City Council in May 2005. Councillor Palmer is involved in various committees on Lisburn Council and is a member of Lisburn Policing Partnership and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association. She is dedicated to community development and progressing community relations.
  6. Councillor Speers is a member of the Northern Ireland Housing Council. He is a member of the Ulster Unionist Party and holds no other public appointments. Councillor Speers has been involved in local politics since 1977 and served as Mayor of Armagh City & District Council from 1996 to 1997. He was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Council from 1991 to 2005. He has a long-standing interest in social housing, economic development and community regeneration. Councillor Speers represents Armagh City & District Council on a number of other bodies including the Armagh Economic Development Group. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 in recognition of his services in the field of politics and public life and was Mayor of Armagh City & District Council from 2010 – 2011.
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