Extension of appointment of the non-executive Chair of the NI Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS)

Date published: 11 January 2018

The Department of Health today announced the extension of the term of appointment of the Non-Executive Chair within the NI Blood Transfusion Service for a further period of not more than seven months from 1 January 2018.

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The extension relates to Mr Jim Lennon and carries a time commitment of 2 days per month 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 three non-executive directors, a Chair and an Interim 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. Jim Lennon

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. Media queries to DoH Information Office on 02890 520074, or out of hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt

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