Extension to public appointment of Invest NI Interim Chair

Date published: 01 December 2023

The Department for the Economy has announced an extension to the appointment of Colm McKenna as Interim Chair to the Board of Invest Northern Ireland.

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The term of appointment of Colm McKenna as Interim Chair has been extended by four months from 1 December 2023 to 31 March 2024 to allow time for the substantive Chair appointment to conclude.

The extension to the appointment term was made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI).

Notes to editors: 

  1. Invest Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland’s economic development agency, was established under the Industrial Development Act (Northern Ireland) 2002. Invest NI’s role is to grow the economy. It does this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. Remuneration for Chair of the Board of Invest Northern Ireland is currently £46,087 per annum, with a time commitment approximately four days per month.
  2. A pen picture for Mr McKenna is available at Invest NI’s website at www.investni.com/about-us/our-board.
  3. The appointment and extension of the Interim Chair has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI Code of Practice.
  4. All independent appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, CPANI requires the political activity of appointees to be published.  Mr McKenna has had no political activity in the last 5 years.
  5. For media enquiries contact the Department for the Economy Press Office at pressoffice@economy-ni.gov.uk.
  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
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