Register of Interests

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

Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary, DE 

Mr Baker has a brother-in-law who is a member of the Board of Governors at Down High School, Downpatrick.  He has a child currently attending Sullivan Upper School, Holywood.

Fiona Hepper, Deputy Secretary, DE

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

Lianne Patterson, Deputy Secretary, DE

Mrs Patterson's son attends the Royal Belfast Academical Institution

John Smith, Deputy Secretary, DE


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 11 June 2020 - Derek Baker

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