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New Head of the Civil Service Appointed

The First Minister and acting deputy First Minister have announced the appointment of Dr Malcolm McKibbin as the new Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dr McKibbin is currently Permanent Secretary in the Department for Regional Development and will succeed Sir Bruce Robinson KCB.

Both Ministers said: "We very much welcome Malcolm’s appointment and have every confidence in his ability to lead the Civil Service."

Commenting on his appointment Dr McKibbin said: "I am honoured to have this opportunity to work with Executive Ministers and the staff of the Northern Ireland Civil Service as a whole.

"I am confident that the ability, skills and commitment of the staff throughout the NICS will endure during what are undeniably very challenging times."

Dr McKibbin will take up his post shortly.

Notes to editors:

1. Dr Malcolm McKibbin was appointed as the interim Permanent Secretary of the Department for Regional Development (DRD) in August 2010. Prior to this appointment he served as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development since 2007.

2. Immediately prior to that he spent much of his career working throughout Northern Ireland in Roads Service and was its Chief Executive for five years. He has also held senior posts in the Department of Finance and Personnel where he was the Deputy Secretary in charge of the Central Procurement Division and in the Department of Regional Development where he led the development of the Regional Transportation Strategy.

3. Dr McKibbin graduated from Southampton University in 1978 with an honours degree in Civil Engineering and joined the Department of the Environment. Further academic studies at the University of Ulster resulted in the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1991.

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