Extensions to the Terms of the Non-Executive Chair and a Non-Executive Member of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency

Date published: 06 November 2020

Health Minister Robin Swann, has announced an extension to the terms of the Non-Executive Chair and a Non-Executive Member of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA).

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Mr Alistair Joynes’ term as Non-Executive Chair has been extended from 1 October 2020 to 19 June 2021 and Mr Deane Morrice’s term as a Non-Executive Member (NEM) from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021.

The Non-Executive Chair role attracts an annual remuneration of £14,527 and carries a time commitment of 4 days per month. The NEM role attracts an annual remuneration of £3,101 with a time commitment of 20 days per annum.

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

NIMDTA is an Arm’s Length Body sponsored by the Department of Health to train postgraduate medical and dental professionals for Northern Ireland. Its Board comprises a Non-Executive Chair and 5 NEMs.  NIMDTA commissions, promotes and oversees postgraduate medical and dental education and training throughout Northern Ireland. It organises and delivers the recruitment, selection and allocation of doctors and dentists to foundation, core and specialty training programmes with the aims of providing trainees with a wide range of excellent opportunities to gain experience and maximising their potential to successfully progress, complete training and be appointed to permanent posts in Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Alistair Joynes is Managing Partner of a Business and HR Consultancy, primarily engaged in the delivery of major culture change programmes. He has been Chairman of NIMDTA since 2011. Within the Public Sector he has been a Board Member of Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Upper Bann Institute of Further Education and Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT). He is also an Arbitrator with the Labour Relations Agency. He is a qualified Marine Engineer although most of his career has been spent in the field of Employee Relations and HR Management. He brings to the role of Chairman, extensive experience in Corporate Governance, Risk Management and in the delivery of a diverse range of organisational change programmes. In his previous role with SHSCT, he chaired the Audit Committee and the Strategic Communications Group. Within the Private Sector environment, he is the Non-Executive Chairman of a major Engineering Company exporting to a global client base.
  1. Deane Morrice MBE, FCCA, Dip Com retired as Chief Executive and Secretary of the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) on 31 October 2011, having previously been the Deputy Secretary. He was the Chair of the Charity Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2014 and served as a Board member of Queen’s University Investment Committee from 2011 to 2019. He was an independent member of the Audit Committee of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive from 2011 to 2017. He has been Chair of the NIMDTA Audit Committee since his appointment in 2011. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2009 for services to Local Government in Northern Ireland.
  1. 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 Joynes and Mr Morrice have declared that they have not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
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