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Appointment of Chair and Members to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

The Department of Education has announced the public appointment of a Chair and seven new members to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Chair

Mr Trevor Carson is from Glengormley and is a self-employed Associate Director of BBA Training and an education and training professional. He brings to the Council skills in leadership and communication, experience in governance, and a knowledge and experience of education. Mr Carson does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Members

Mrs Rosemary Cowan is from Belfast and is an Associate Consultant with Penna Plc Human Resource Consulting and works with both public and private sector corporate clients. She brings to the Council experience in governance including financial and risk management and a knowledge and experience of education. Mrs Cowan does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mr Enda Cullen is from Armagh and has been the Principal of St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore since 2008. He brings to the Council experience in governance including budget management and a knowledge and experience of education. Mr Cullen does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Dr Peter Cunningham MBE is from Newry and has been the Principal of Ceara Special School, Lurgan since 1995. He brings to the Council experience in governance including financial and HR responsibilities and a knowledge and experience of education. He is currently a board member on the Southern Education and Library Board for which he receives no remuneration although he receives an attendance allowance (£22 up to four hours and £30.39 for more than four hours) in relation to his duties. He has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mr Martin Donnelly is from Enniskillen and is a retired Senior Education Adviser with the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) (1993-2011). He brings to the Council experience in governance including risk management, experience of influencing strategy on a range of educational issues and an extensive knowledge of education. Mr Donnelly does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mrs Christine Harpur is from Whitehead and is a Joint Managing partner in Keep it Simple Solutions Consultancy. She is currently a Quality Consultant for City and Guilds London (since 1985) and a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Integrated Education Fund. She brings to the Council experience in governance and risk management, experience of influencing the strategic direction of an organisation and a knowledge of education. Mrs Harpur does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mrs Jennifer Mussen M.A.,B.A.(Hons),Dip.Ed. is from Bangor and is a retired secondary school Principal. She brings to the Council experience in governance including financial and HR responsibilities, experience as an Examinations Moderator and Chief Examiner and a knowledge and experience of education. Mrs Mussen does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mr Robert Thompson is from Ballyclare and was a Head Teacher in Doagh Primary School from 1980 until his retirement in 2012. He was a former board member of the North Eastern Education and Library Board and brings to the Council experience in governance and a knowledge and experience of education. Mr Thompson does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment was established on 1 April 1994 and is a statutory body that provides advice to DE and DEL on matters relating to the curriculum, assessment and examinations for children in schools and colleges. The Council members are appointed by the Education Minister in accordance with Schedule 3 to the Education (NI) Order 1998.
  2. Council Membership comprises a Chair and 13 Members. There are six existing Council members.
  3. The term of appointment is for four years. The Chair will receive remuneration of £13,000 per annum plus travel and subsistence allowances. Council members are not remunerated but attract travel and subsistence allowances.
  4. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner requires the political activity of appointees to be published.
  5. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team Tel: (028) 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.