Appointment of Independent Chair of the review of the roles and responsibilities of councillors in Northern Ireland

Date published: 05 December 2023

The Department for Communities has announced the appointment of Mr Maynard Mawhinney as the Independent Chair of a working group which will review the roles and responsibilities of councillors in Northern Ireland. The appointment takes effect from 1 December 2023.

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The Chair and working group will make recommendations to the Department on the system and level of a range of allowances available to councillors.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The appointment is for six months from 1 December 2023. The time commitment is up to 40 days and the remuneration is £300 per day.
  2. Biography - Mr Maynard Mawhinney is a Non-Executive Director with the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, where he chairs the Finance & Performance Committee. He is also chair of CAFRE's College Advisory Group. Maynard served as a Board member with the Health & Safety Executive and was an independent Assessor with the Commissioner for Public Appointments (NI). In the private sector he was formerly a Non Executive Director with Around Noon Ltd., a Newry headquartered company with operations in London and the Republic of Ireland. He brings a range of skills to this position focusing on leadership, communications, analytical thinking and decision making. Mr Mawhinney has declared no political activity in the last five years.
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