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

Date published: 15 June 2020

Health Minster Robin Swann, has announced an extension to the term of the Non-Executive Chair of the Public Health Agency (PHA).

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Mr Andrew Dougal’s term has been extended from 1 June 2020 for a maximum period of 12 months.  The Non-Executive Chair role attracts a remuneration of £35,030 per annum and carries a time commitment of 3 days per week.

This appointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

 The PHA is a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body, with a strong regional and local presence. The PHA 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.


Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Andrew Dougal took up the position as Chair of the PHA on 1 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 35 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’Kane’s 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.
  2. Appointments to the PHA are made with the approval of the Health
  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 Dougal declared that he had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
  4. For media enquiries please contact DoH Press Office by email: pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk

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