Appointment of political members to the Board of the Education Authority

Date published: 05 April 2017

The Department of Education has announced the appointment of eight political members to the Board of the Education Authority (EA).

The members were nominated by their respective political party in accordance with Article 3, Schedule 1 of the Education Act (NI) 2014. 

The eight new appointments are as follows:

Three persons nominated by the Democratic Unionist Party -

Mr David Cargo lives in Newtownards and previously served as a political member on the EA Board from April 2015 until 5 May 2016 and from 1 June 2016 until 2 March 2017 when the new Assembly was elected. He is a Governor of Abbey Primary School, Newtownards. He has declared that during the last five years he has provided educational advice and support to three DUP MLAs in their respective roles as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. He is currently an EA representative Board member of the General Teaching Council Northern Ireland for which he receives no remuneration.

Mr David Jonathan Craig lives in Hillsborough and previously served as a political member on the EA Board from 1 June 2016 until 2 March 2017 when the new Assembly was elected. He is a School Governor of Killowen Primary School and Chair of the Board of Governors of Laurelhill Community College. He is a member of the Board of Lisburn Citizens Advice Bureau, Chair of the Lisburn & Castlereagh Peace 4 Committee and is a political advisor to the NI Police Board. He has declared that during the last five years he has undertaken activity on behalf of the DUP and is party spokesperson on policing, held office as branch treasurer since 2006 and obtained office as an MLA (2007-2016) and as a District Councillor from May 2016.  He does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Mrs Brenda Hale lives in Hillsborough and is a member of the Board of Governors at Dromara Primary School. She currently sits on the Forces Panel of the Presbyterian Board of Social Witness and is the NI Ambassador for the ABF Soldiers Charity. She has declared that during the last five years she has undertaken political activity on behalf of the DUP, obtained office as a District Councillor and held office as an MLA (2011-2017). She does not hold any other public appointments.

Three persons nominated by Sinn Féin -

Ms Nuala Toman lives in Lurgan. She is a Research and Policy Analyst for Sinn Féin, a Disability Support Tutor at Queen’s University, Belfast. She previously served as a political member on the EA Board from April 2015 until 5 May 2016 and 1 June 2016 until 2 March 2017 when the new Assembly was elected. She has declared that during the last five years she has undertaken political activity, stood as a candidate and canvassed on behalf of Sinn Féin. She does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Mrs Monica Culbert lives in Belfast. She is Chair of the Board of Governors of De La Salle College and St Luke’s Nursery School. She is Chair of St Gall’s Gaelic Athletic Club, Belfast and NI Chairperson of the Project Children Charity. She previously served as a political member on the EA Board from April 2015 until 5 May 2016 and 1 June 2016 until 2 March 2017 when the new Assembly was elected.  She has declared that during the last five years she has canvassed on behalf of Sinn Féin at elections. She is currently an EA representative Board member of the General Teaching Council Northern Ireland for which she receives no remuneration.

Mr Oliver McMullan lives in Cushendall and is a member of the Board of Governors at Glenann Primary School. He is the Chairman of the FRIENDS group dealing with adults and children with special needs and is a committee member of the GLENS youth club. He has declared that during the last five years he has undertaken political activity for Sinn Féin. He has obtained office as a District Councillor and obtained office an MLA (2011–2017). He does not currently hold any other public appointments.

One person nominated by the Social Democratic and Labour Party -

Mr Giovanni Doran lives in Derry. He is a Lay Magistrate, the Director of Youthlife and the Chair of Aras Cholmcille Trust. He has declared that during the last five years he has acted as a political agent for Mark Durkan MP in the 2015 Westminster election, canvassed on behalf of the SDLP and currently holds office as the Chair of the Derry and Strabane SDLP District Executive. He does not currently hold any other public appointments.

One person nominated by the Ulster Unionist Party -

Dr Andy McMorran lives in Belfast and previously served as a political member on the EA Board from April 2015 until 5 May 2016 and 1 June 2016 until 2 March 2017 when the new Assembly was elected. He has declared that he has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and he does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The constitution of the Education Authority Board is set out in the Education Act (NI) 2014. The Board comprises a Chairperson appointed by the Minister, 12 members appointed by the Minister representing the trustees of maintained schools, transferors of controlled schools, Irish-medium schools, integrated schools, voluntary grammar schools and controlled grammar schools and eight political members who are nominated by the relevant political parties.
  2. The political member appointments commenced 3 April 2017 and will cease in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (NI) 2014. The annual remuneration for the member positions will be £8,800 per annum plus travel and subsistence allowances.
  3. Media enquiries to the Department of Education Press Office Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 0762 397 4383 and your call will be returned.

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