Extension of Appointments to the Board of Libraries NI

Date published: 19 February 2018

The Department for Communities has extended the terms of appointment from 1 March 2018 to 31 May for the following members of the Board of Libraries NI:

  • Mrs Deirdre Kenny (one previous term – 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2018)
  • Ms Angela Matthews (two previous terms – 1 October 2009 to 28 February 2014 & 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2018)
  • Mr Alastair McDowell OBE (two previous terms – 1 April 2009 to 28 February 2014 & 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2018)
  • Mr Harry Reid (one previous term -  1 March 2014 to 28 February 2018)
  • Dr Margaret Ward (one previous term -  1 March 2014 to 28 February 2018)
  • Ms Jane Williams (two previous terms – 1 April 2009 to 28 February 2014 & 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2018)

Notes to editors: 

1. The primary duty of the Northern Ireland Library Authority (known as Libraries NI), as set down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, is to provide a comprehensive and efficient public Library service for persons living, working or studying in Northern Ireland.

2. The member position receives remuneration of £3,000 per annum plus travel and subsistence allowances in line with Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

3. These extended appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice.

4. 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.

5. Biographical details

Mrs Deirdre Kenny
Mrs Kenny was previously Director of Corporate Services in OFMDFM, Director of Health Development in DHSSPS and Director of Road Safety and Vehicle Regulation in DOE. She was appointed to the Board of the Northern Ireland Police Fund by DOJ on 1 April 2016 for which there is no remuneration. She has experience of gender equality and anti-discrimination issues, and also brings governance and financial responsibility skills to the Board. Mrs Kenny holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the last five years.

Ms Angela Matthews
Ms Matthews has been a member of the Libraries NI Board since 2009.
She is a qualified Barrister having been called to the Bar in 2011. She previously practised as an independent management consultant specialising in equality and diversity, advice and training. She is an Independent Member of the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal and is also a member of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for which she receives a remuneration of £5050 per annum. She is a former member of the BBC Audience Council for Northern Ireland. Ms Matthews brings strong communication and advocacy skills to the Board, as well as experience of policy development. She holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the last five years

Mr Alastair James McDowell OBE
Mr McDowell previously served as the acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. Prior to that he was Head of Business Affairs at the Policing Board. Mr McDowell, who is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Graduate of the Open University, has wide corporate governance and financial management skills and experience and holds a post graduate diploma in IT Applications in Accounting from Dublin City University. He holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the last five years.

Mr Harry Reid
Mr Reid is a partner in HRA, a specialist consultancy working in the field of disability and social inclusion. He was previously a Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager for RNIB, a Committee Member of Volunteer Now and is a former Assistant Librarian. He brings marketing and business planning skills to the Board, as well as public speaking experience. Mr Reid holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the last five years.

Ms Jane Williams
Ms Williams is an Education Officer at National Museums NI. She was formerly a Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Ulster, a member of the Northern Ireland Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Chair of the Library Committee of the South Eastern Education and Library Board and a member of the Executive Committee of the Bryson Charitable Group. She has a particular interest in learning and in widening participation. She has brought strategy and policy development skills to the Board. Ms Williams holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the last five years.

Dr Margaret Ward
Dr Ward was Chief Executive of the Women’s Resource and Development Agency until her retirement in December 2013. She is a Board Member of National Museums NI for which she receives expenses only. She brings experience of equality and social inclusion issues, as well as strategic planning skills to the Board. Dr Ward holds no other public appointments and has declared no political activity in the last five years.

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