Extension to the Appointment of the Non-Executive Chair to the Public Health Agency

Date published: 04 June 2019

The Department of Health today announced a 12 month extension to the appointment of the Non-Executive Chair to the Public Health Agency.

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Mr Andrew Dougal’s appointment extension will run from 1 June 2019 to a date not later than 31 May 2020.

This appointment carries a time commitment of 3 days per week and attracts an annual remuneration of £34,683.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body, with a strong regional and local presence. The Agency was established to provide a renewed and enhanced focus on public health and wellbeing by bringing together a wide range of public health functions under one organisation. It is required to create better inter-sectoral working, including enhanced partnership with local government, to tackle the underlying causes of poor health and reduce health inequalities.

The PHA is managed directly by a board of directors which has corporate responsibility for its operation. The board of the PHA is made up of four Executive Directors including the Chief Executive, a non-executive Chair and seven non-executive Directors. The non-executive Directors include a Member from a social care background; a Trade Union Representative Member, two Local Government Representative Members, one Financial Member and two Lay Members.

Notes to editors: 


  1. This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI.
  2. This appointment is 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 Dougal declared that they had not engaged in any political activity.
  3. Mr Andrew Dougal took up the position as Chair of the PHA on 01 June 2015. He was previously Chief Executive of NI Chest Heart and Stroke from 1983 and prior to that worked for 10 years in Education, including 8 years as Bursar at St Louise’s Comprehensive College in Belfast. Over the last 29 years, he has been a non-executive director of organisations spanning the private, public and voluntary sectors including 10 years as a non-executive director of O’Kanes Belfast Funeral Company. He is a former Trustee and Treasurer of the World Heart Federation and a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Northern Ireland. Andrew was awarded an OBE in 1996.

    He is currently a non-executive director of the Ulster Orchestra Foundation Board.
  4. Media enquiries to DoH Press Office on 02890 520575 or email: pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 02890 378110. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt.



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