Weir announces Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment Board (CCEA) appointments

Date published: 25 January 2017

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has announced the re-appointment of the Chair and five Board Members to the Board of Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).

Trevor Carson, Rosemary Cowan, Christine Harpur, Robert Thompson, Dr Ana Kerr and Dr Neil Morton. Two new board members Cormac McKinney and Brian Wilson have also been appointed. 

All appointments are for a term of four years beginning 1st February 2017.

Welcoming the reappointments and new Board Members, Peter Weir said:

“I would like to thank the members for their commitment to the work of CCEA. The wealth of knowledge and expertise they bring to the Board will no doubt prove invaluable.”

The appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. 

Notes to editors: 

1.  Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) is an executive NDPB sponsored by DE. CCEA’s role is to keep under review and provide advice on the three areas of curriculum, examinations and assessment. The Council’s membership comprises a Chairperson and 13 members all of whom are appointed by DE.

2.  The Chair/members who are being reappointed were first appointed in 2013 with their first term of office ending on 31 January 2017. They have been reappointed for a second four year term effective from 1 February 2017.The two new appointments will also commence on 1 February 2017 and end on 31 January 2021. The Chair receives an annual remuneration of £13,000. Members are not remunerated but can claim travel and subsistence allowances.

3.  All of these appointments have been made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.However, the Commissioner requires the political activity of appointees to be published. (See relevant details under each candidate’s name).

Trevor Carson

Trevor is a self-employed Educational Professional. He has teaching experience within the post-primary sector and has worked as a Development Officer, Adult Education Officer and Curriculum and Staff Development Officer in the Further Education and Training sector. He brings to the Council skills in leadership, governance and communication. Mr Carson does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Rosemary Cowan

Rosemary is a Business & Management Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. She brings to the Council extensive senior management experience acquired in the Financial Services sector and experience in Human Resource Consultancy with both public and private sector corporate clients. She is Chair of CCEA’s Finance and Resources Committee. Mrs Cowan does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years. 

Christine Harpur

Christine is a Joint Managing partner in Keep it Simple Solutions Consultancy. Since 1985 she has been a free-lance consultant for City and Guilds working throughout Europe but mainly in the UK and Ireland. She brings to the Council experience in governance and risk management, experience of influencing the strategic direction of an organisation and a knowledge of education. Mrs Harpur does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Robert Thompson

Robert was a Head Teacher in Doagh Primary School until his retirement in 2012. He was a former board member of the North Eastern Education and Library Board and brings to the Council experience in governance and a knowledge and experience of education. Mr Thompson is also a member of the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College. He does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Dr Ana Kerr

Ana is an education consultant providing a range of services to schools, universities, teacher training establishments and education authorities here and abroad. She is also a part-time tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis University College. She brings to the Council experience in governance, including team management, business planning and financial management; experience in strategy development; a wide experience in communication and inter-personal skills; and knowledge and experience of education.

Dr Kerr is a member of CCEA’s Audit and Risk Committee. She holds the distinction of Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Dr Kerr does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activities during the past five years.

Dr Neil Morton OBE

Neil was Principal of the former Portora Royal School, Enniskillen. He is a member of the editorial advice board for the educational journal EDSEC and writes on educational matters for publication in local newspapers and education journals. He brings to the Council over 40 years’ teaching experience; experience in strategic thinking; effective communication skills; and a well developed knowledge of the challenges facing the education sector. Mr Morton does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activities during the past five years.

Cormac McKinney

Cormac is currently Principal of St Colman’s College, Newry.  He is a member of the Catholic Heads Association and has recently been appointed Vice-Chair. He brings to the Council experience of promoting good governance, experience in strategic thinking and analytical thinking which includes aspects of curriculum planning, financial and staff management and students’ attainment.  Mr McKinney does not hold any other Ministerial public appointments and has not undertaken any political activities during the past five years.

Brian Wilson

Brian is currently employed by the British Council as a Skills Advisor providing technical advice on thematic programming on skills and employability in the Middle East North Africa and Americas regions. He brings to the Council experience of promoting good governance, holding teams to account, financial and risk management and influencing opinion and developing networks. Mr Wilson is also a member of the Governing Body of the Belfast Metropolitan College for which he receives a sitting fee for each meeting attended. He does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activities during the past five years.

4.  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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