The Department of Health has announced extensions to the terms of appointment of the Non-Executive Chairs of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT), the Belfast Health and Social Trust (BHSCT) and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).
Mr Bob McCann’s appointment as Non-Executive Chair of the NHSCT was extended from 20 January 2023 and will end on a date not later than 19 April 2023. Mr Peter McNaney’s appointment as Non-Executive Chair of the BHSCT was extended from 3 December 2022 and will end on a date not later than 5 April 2023. Mrs Nicole Lappin’s appointment as Non-Executive Chair of NIAS was extended from 1 January 2023 and will end on a date not later than 5 April 2023.
The Non-Executive Chair position for the NHSCT attracts an annual remuneration of £31,937 with a time commitment of 3 days per week. For BHSCT the annual remuneration is £37,641 with a time commitment of 3 days per week and for NIAS it is £24,713 with a time commitment of 3 days per week.
These extensions to appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.
NHSCT, BHSCT and NIAS are classed as health and social care bodies. The approved overall aim for the Trusts is to improve health and social well-being outcomes, through a reduction in preventable disease and ill-health, by providing effective, high quality, equitable and efficient health and social care. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service provides high quality urgent and emergency care and treatment as well as scheduled, non-emergency patient transport services for all the population of Northern Ireland.
The Hospital Trust boards comprise a Non-Executive Chair and seven Non-Executive Directors along with five Executive Directors including the Chief Executive. The NIAS Trust Board comprises a Non-Executive Chair, five Non-Executive Directors and five Executive Directors including the Chief Executive.
Notes to editors:
1. Mr Robert (Bob) McCann is a Chartered Certified Accountant with extensive experience in general management having operated successfully at Board level as a director or senior manager in a diverse range of industries including the energy, information technology, logistics, customer relationship management, agri-food and transport sectors. He has also previously been a Trustee of Victims Support (NI), a member of the Consumers Council, a member of the NI Valuation Tribunal and a member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
2. Mr Peter McNaney has served as the Chair of the Belfast Trust for the last 8 years. Prior to joining the Trust Peter worked as a Solicitor for 20 years and the Chief Executive of Belfast City Council for 13 years. Peter also serves as unpaid member of the Council of the University of Ulster and was reappointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board of Northern Ireland Water in 2020. This position attracts a remuneration of £18,000 per annum with a time commitment of 4 days per month.
3. Mrs Nicole Lappin was appointed as NIAS Chair in July 2018. She currently holds one other public appointment as the Chair of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. This position attracts a remuneration of £34,500 per annum with a time commitment of 2 days per week. Nicole also holds a role as a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service, where she chars its Audit Committee. In October 2020, she was appointed as the legally qualified Chair of a fitness to practise committee for the Pharmaceutical Society. In 2021, Nicole became Chair of the Public Sector Chairs’ Forum. A qualified barrister, Nicole also tutors at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University and is a governor at Craigavon Senior High School where she chairs its Finance Committee. Previously, Nicole served as Chief Commissioner of the Charity Commission Northern Ireland and she was a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of the Education Authority, and the Irish Auditing Accounting and Supervisory Authority.
4. Appointments to NHSCT, BHSCT and NIAS are made with the approval of the Department of Health.
5. 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. All appointees have declared that they have not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
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