Appointments to the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC)

Date published: 24 July 2018

The Department for Communities has extended the term of appointment of the Chair of NILGOSC (the Committee), Mr Trevor Salmon OBE and three Committee members. A fourth Committee member has been reappointed for a term of four years.

The Chair, Mr Trevor Salmon OBE and Committee members, Mr Joseph Donaghy MBE, Mr Bumper Graham and Ms Celine McCartan MBE have had their second term of appointment extended from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018. They have all served on the Committee since 1 July 2009.  A further Committee Member, Mr Lindsay Todd has been reappointed as a Committee member for a four year term from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2022.  He has served on the Committee since 1 May 2013.

Notes to editors: 

1. NILGOSC is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established under the Local Government (Superannuation) Act 1950.  In addition, and in accordance with the designation made by the Department under the Local Government Pension Scheme (Governance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, NILGOSC is the Pension Board of the Local Government Pension Scheme for Northern Ireland (LGPS(NI))

2. NILGOSC is sponsored by the Department for Communities and plays an important role in the effective administration and management of the pension scheme for district councils and other admitted bodies in Northern Ireland. Further information about NILGOSC is available 

3. NILGOSC consists of a chair and twelve other members

4. The Chairman’s post attracts a salary of £13,314 per annum.   Members do not receive a salary but are eligible for a daily allowance not exceeding £119 plus reasonable travel expenses, payable in line with current local government rates

5. The reappointment and extensions to the terms of appointment have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland’s (CPA NI) Code of Practice 

6. 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 political activity of appointees to be published

7. Biographical details:

Mr Trevor Salmon OBE

Mr Salmon was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services for Belfast City Council. He has considerable experience of the Local Government Pension Scheme both as an employer and as a Board Member, having previously served two terms as a committee member of NILGOSC. He chairs the Pension Trustees for the Association of Accounting Technicians, and is a member of CIPFA’s Pension Panel which informs government on pension matters and advises local authorities across the UK on technical issues in relation to pensions. He is also a lay member of the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal. He has not declared any political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments

Mr Joseph Donaghy MBE

Mr Donaghy is a former Northern Ireland UNISON Regional Head of Health, Government and Education. He is a former independent member of Ballymoney Policing and Community Safety Partnership. He is also a former member of The North Eastern Education & Library Board and Chairman of its Finance and General Purposes Committee. He has not declared any political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments

Mr Bumper Graham

Mr Graham is a former Deputy General Secretary of NIPSA and was a full-time NIPSA official for 35 years.  He is a current member of the Local Government Staff Commission for which he receives a daily allowance of £119 plus expenses, Vice Chair of NILGOSC, Chairperson NIC-ICTU Public Service Pensions Group and Joint Chairperson of the Department of Finance Public Service Pensions Central Consultative Group.  He is a member of the NICS Pensions Board and a member of the NICS Pension Scheme Advisory Board and also a member of the LGPS (NI) Pension Scheme Advisory Board.  He has previously been a member of the Education Library Boards Staff Commission, Northern Ireland Partnership Board, Belfast Harbour Commission, COMET and Lisburn Peace and Reconciliation Partnership.  He was also a member of the Manpower Council YTP Committee and Chairperson of the South and East Belfast YTP Committee.  He has not declared any political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments

Ms Celine McCartan MBE

Ms McCartan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel Development. She works in local government as Director of Corporate Services and Governance at Fermanagh & Omagh District Council. She was first appointed to the NILGOSC Management Committee in 2009 and has contributed to the organisation in different roles connected to this appointment. Ms McCartan is a member of the Governing Body of Loreto Grammar School, Omagh and Omagh North Nursery School.  In addition, she undertakes a number of voluntary roles in relation to children’s and carers’ support, disability organisations and charities. She has not declared any political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments

Mr Lindsay Todd

Mr Todd has lengthy experience in the pension fund industry and was, until his retirement, a partner in a leading international professional services firm. He currently serves on the NI Judicial Appointments Commission, for which he receives £294 per day, the advisory committee to the NI Central Investment Fund for Charities and is a member of the Development Board at Marie Curie. He is a member of the Investment Committee at Queen’s University Belfast, a member of the Northern Ireland Investment Fund Scrutiny Board and the Disciplinary Panel of the Chartered Accountants’ Regulatory Board in Ireland. He has not declared any political activity in the last five years and holds no other public appointments

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