Appointment of a Non-Executive Member to the Department of Education

Date published: 06 May 2022

Paul Corrigan has been appointed as an independent, Non-Executive Member to the Departmental Board of the Department of Education and as a Member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Paul Corrigan’s appointment is for an initial two year term from 1 May 2022.  This may be extended up to a maximum total term of six years.

The primary role of a Non-Executive Member is to contribute to the good governance of the Department.  This involves offering constructive challenge across all of the Department’s business, with a view to ensuring that all aspects of strategy and delivery of policy are scrutinised for effectiveness and efficiency.

Notes to editors: 

1. Paul is a former Logistics Director for Royal Mail where he had a 28 year career. Paul has been an Independent Arbitrator and Appeals Chair with the Labour Relations Agency since 2002. 

2. He is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee on the Northern Health & Social Care Trust and a Commission Member with the Local Government Staff Commission. 

3. In July 2015 Paul was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice as a Lay Member of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and also sits as a Lay Member on the Scrutiny Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society NI. 

4. Paul works with the leading educational charity Young Enterprise NI as a volunteer business advisor and as a volunteer driver for Marie Curie NI. 

5. The Departmental Board comprises the following members:

  • Permanent Secretary (Chairperson);
  • Three Deputy Secretaries;
  • Chief Inspector of Education and Training Inspectorate;
  • Finance Director;
  • Departmental Strategic HR Business Partner; and
  • Two Non-Executive Members.  

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7. Media enquiries to the Department of Education Press Office Tel: 028 9127 9207 or email:

8. The Executive Information Service operates an out-of-hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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