Reappointment of Members to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Date published: 14 May 2020

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has reappointed Mr Jim McCall and Mr Derek Wilson to the Board of the NI Housing Executive (NIHE) for a second term from 1 June 2020 for a period of 5 years, having both served on the Board since 1 June 2015.

Image showing two men in a boardroom
Image showing two men in a boardroom

Mr Ken Millar has also been reappointed to the NIHE Board for a third term from 1 June 2020 for a period of six months, or until permanent appointments are made from a forthcoming competition, having served two previous five-year terms since 1 June 2010.

Notes to editors: 

1. The NIHE is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established by the Housing Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Under this Act, the NIHE took over the housing responsibilities of 65 separate authorities and became Northern Ireland’s overall housing authority. It is currently landlord to approximately 86,500 dwellings and is one of Northern Ireland’s largest public sector organisations with a budget of over £740m and a staff of approximately 2,700. The NIHE Board is responsible for the efficient, effective and economic delivery of the Housing Executive's services.  It determines policies within its overall aims and objectives and makes decisions on operational and organisational strategies.

2. The current remuneration for the position of a Board Member is £6,892 per annum plus expenses, with an expected time commitment of 1 day per month.

3. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland Code of Practice, and following engagement with the Commissioner.

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 political activity of appointees to be published and which is included in the below biographies.

5. Biographical details:

Jim McCall

Mr McCall is a qualified Professional Social Worker and has had long career in a variety of Health and social care organisations in Northern Ireland and the UK, including at Senior Executive and Board level. Jim was Chief Executive of Ulster Supported Employment and Managing Director of Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland and Wales. He has served on a number of boards and sub-committees including Diabetes UK and NI Water. He is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (£8,978 per annum), the Board Governors of Belfast Metropolitan College (approx. £2,500 per annum), the Belfast Metropolitan College Trust and a lay member of the NI Care Tribunal. He has had no political activity in the past 5 years.

Ken Millar

Mr Millar is a former Senior Civil Servant with experience in IT development, personnel and financial management, project management and organisational design and development. He previously ran his own consultancy company focusing on organisational reviews and management structures. He has previously held a number of other non-executive appointments in Northern Ireland public bodies. He does not hold any other public appointments and has had no political activity in the past 5 years.

Derek Wilson

Mr Wilson spent almost forty years working in Financial Services, where he specialised in mortgage lending, leading mortgage businesses for local banks.  He also served as NI Chairman of the UK Finance mortgage committee, formerly the Council of Mortgage Lenders, for ten years.  He has been a Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee member of NIHE since 2015 and is also a member of the Board of Co-ownership. He hold no other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.   

6. Media enquiries to DFC Press Office at Press.office@communities-ni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.

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