Register of Interests

The details provided here are for DE Departmental Board & Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) members only.

Lianne Patterson, Acting Permanent Secretary, DE

Mrs Patterson's son attends the Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Fiona Hepper, Deputy Secretary, DE

Mrs Hepper has a sister-in-law who is a primary school teacher.

John Smith, Deputy Secretary, DE


Faustina Graham, Chief Inspector, ETI


Carol Gordon, NICS HR Business Partner


Ann Moore, NICS HR Business Partner


Gary Fair, Finance Director, DE

Mr Fair's wife is a supply teacher.  At present this does not represent any conflict of interest, although he will keep this under review and advise the Board if a perceived or actual conflict of interest arises in the future.

Joan McEwan, Independent Board Member - DE Board and Member of DE Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

Mrs McEwan has two children attending Sullivan Upper Prep Department. Mrs McEwan's sister is an independent contractor (employed by SIB) currently working as a recruitment specialist in the HR directorate of the EA. 

Gavin Patrick, Member of DE Audit and Risk Assurance Committee


Judith Andrews, Member of DE Audit and Risk Assurance Committee


Last checked 13 January 2021 - Bryan Laverty

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