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Appointment of Director to the Board of the Middletown Centre for Autism

Following the completion of a public appointment competition, the Department of Education today announced the appointment of a Director to the Board of Directors of the Middletown Centre for Autism.
Monday, 23 December 2013

Mrs Christine Sheridan has been appointed by the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, taking effect from 16 December 2013 until 15 March 2016.

Mrs Sheridan brings to the Board a range of skills and experience in the field of human resources.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Middletown Centre for Autism is a joint North-South initiative with funding provided by the Department of Education in the north (DE) and the Department of Education and Skills in the south (DES) to support the promotion of excellence in the development and harmonisation of education and allied services to children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders.
  2. During the current term of appointment, DE is responsible for appointing the Vice-Chair and four Directors. Following the appointment in October 2013 of Professor Mary Hanratty CBE as Vice-Chair of the Board, her former position as a Director became vacant. The Director positions are remunerated at a rate of £160 per day based upon an estimated workload of 1-2 days per month.
  3. Mrs Sheridan has declared that she has not been involved in any significant political activity within the last five years.
  4. There are no specific qualifications for these appointments.
  5. Mrs Sheridan currently holds no other public appointments.
  6. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect website for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
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  8. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.