Extension to the Appointment of the Non-Executive Chair of the NI Blood Transfusion Service

Date published: 15 October 2018

The Department of Health today announced an extension to the term of appointment of Mr Jim Lennon the Non-Executive Chair within the NI Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) until a date not later than 31 March 2019.

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This carries a time commitment of 1 day per fortnight and attracts an annual remuneration of £7,155.

The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service is an independent special agency of the Department of Health and exists to fully supply the needs of all hospitals and clinical units in the province with safe and effective blood and blood products and other related services.

The NI Blood Transfusion Service is managed by a Board of Directors which is made up of a Non-Executive Chair, four Non-Executive members, and a Chief Executive.

All extensions to appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr James (Jim) Lennon MBA lives in Derrynoose and works for Middletown Centre for Autism.  Mr Lennon is also a farmer and is involved with the Derrynoose Farming Group and is also Company Secretary of Derrynoose Community Development Association Ltd. He serves on the Boards of Governors of Darkley and St. Mochua’s Primary schools.  He was initially appointed as Chair of the NIBTS Special (HSC) Agency from 1 August 2007 and has continued in post since. Mr Lennon continues to bring to his role as Chair of the NIBTS his executive background in Health Service Management in the United Kingdom, financial management, management development and strategic planning, together with his considerable personal experience in capital projects within the public sector.   Mr Lennon holds one other public appointment as a non-executive director in the Livestock and Meat Marketing Commission for N Ireland.
  2. This extension was made with the approval of the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.  There are no specific qualifications for appointment.
  3. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.  Mr. Lennon has declared that he has canvassed or helped at elections on behalf of the SDLP political party during the last five years.
  4. For media enquiries please contact the DOH Press Office team on 028 9052 0575 or email pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk  Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110. Follow us on twitter @healthdpt .

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