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Membership of the Board
Chairperson
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Ms Sharon O’Connor was appointed by the Education Minister as the first Chairperson of the Education Authority.  

She is a Chartered Director with over twenty five years experience, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and is also professionally qualified in Marketing.

Most recently, Sharon led the acclaimed Derry ~ Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 as the Town Clerk and Chief Executive of Derry City Council.

With a background in business, she joined local government in 2000 and was named Public Sector Director of the year in 2009/10 by the Institute of Directors NI.


Board Member Profiles
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Rev Amanda Adams is a Church of Ireland Minister in the Diocese of Connor.  She is also a School Governor of two primary schools.

Ms Aine Andrews

Ms Áine Andrews is the former Principal of Gaelscoil Na bhFál and a part-time lecturer with the North-West Institute.  She is the founding Chair of Altram. 

David Cargo
Mr David Cargo is a previous Chief Executive of the Belfast Education and Library Board. He is a member of the Board of the General Teaching Council for NI and a School Governor of Abbey Primary School, Newtownards.
Patricia Carville

Mrs Patricia Carville is a former school principal.  She has been a CCMS Council member for over 20 years, is Chair of the Armagh Diocesan Education Committee and the Education Curricular Committee and a School Governor in a number of schools in both the primary and secondary sectors.

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Mr Jonathan Craig MIED, is a former aircraft design engineer, a former Mayor of Lisburn Council, a former MLA and member of the Education Committee.  He currently is a member of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and serves on two School Board of Governors.


Monica Culbert

Mrs Monica Culbert is Chair of the Board of Governors of De La Salle College and a member of the Board of Governors of two Nursery Schools. She is Chair of St Gall’s GAC Belfast, a Volunteer with the Project Children Charity, a member of the Victims and Survivors Service Appeals Panel and a member of the Board of the General Teaching Council for NI.

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Mr Giovanni Doran is a retired Science teacher with 32 years’ experience of teaching in schools.  He has served on Boards of Governors for primary and nursery schools in Derry.

He is a Lay Magistrate and a Director of two charities: Youthlife and Aras Cholmcille.   He is a volunteer with the Samaritans and is an active member of the SDLP. 

 

Dr Muredach Dynan
Dr Muredach Dynan is currently the Chair of Members of the Edmund Rice Schools' Trust (NI).  He  is Professor of Education emeritus, Australian Catholic University,  in which he served for several  years in leadership roles including that of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality and Outreach).
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Mrs Brenda Hale  is a former DUP MLA and member of the NI Assembly Education Committee. She served three years on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the British Irish Parliamentary Association and the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association. 

Brenda is a member of The Presbyterian Board of Social Witness and Forces Panel and she is the Northern Ireland Ambassador for the ABF, The Soldiers' Charity. She is currently a school governor.
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Sister Chris Hegarty is Leader of a Religious Community. She is the former Principal of Thornhill College, Derry. She is Chair of the Board of Management, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co Donegal and a member of both the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) NI Commission and the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Rev Robert Herron
Rev Robert Herron is Minister of Trinity Omagh and Gillygooley Presbyterian Churches.
Edgar Jardine
Mr Edgar Jardine is a retired senior Civil Servant. He is also a Member of the Probation Board NI and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College.
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Sir Gerry Loughran is a former Head of the Civil Service and Secretary to the NI Executive.  He is currently Chair of Forward Emphasis International, Blackstaff Publishing and Director of Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. He is Chair of the Board of Governors of St Malachy’s College, Belfast. 

Dr Andy McMorran

Dr Andy McMorran is a former Principal of Ashfield Boys’ High School, Belfast.  He won the NI Headteacher of the Year Award in 2004, was awarded the David Sieff Business in the Community Award for services to education in 1997 and the Titanic Award in 2001 for services to education in East Belfast.

He served on the NI Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce (for a four year period) and on a NI working group to consider Protestant underachievement in Working Class Families which led to the Purvis report ‘Educational Disadvantage and the Protestant Working Class : A Call to Action’.  He also was a member of the Heenan Anderson Commission (2013-2015).

Andy received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ulster in 2012 for his contribution to cross community education.  He received an OBE for services to education in 2007.

Dr Ian McMorris

Dr Ian McMorris is a Management Consultant for Linkubator Ltd, Springfield Road.  He is a former Chair of the Dale Farm Board, Chair of CBI in NI and Chair of the Board of NICIE. 

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Mr Oliver McMullan first entered politics in 1993 as an Independent Nationalist in Moyle District Council. In 2003 he joined Sinn Féin and was elected Chairman of Moyle District Council in that year, being the first Sinn Féin Chairman of the Council. Oliver was also the first Sinn Féin representative to serve on the former NEELB. 

Oliver has served on Sinn Féin’s All Ireland Advisory Committees for Agriculture, Tourism and Rural Development. He was the first elected Disability Champion spokesperson in Moyle. After 18 years on Moyle District Council he was elected to Larne District Council in 2011. In the same year, Oliver was elected as the first Sinn Féin MLA for East Antrim and he served on the DCAL Committee. Oliver is the Agricultural Spokesperson for Sinn Féin. 

Mr Raymond Pollock

Mr Raymond Pollock is a former Principal of Banbridge Academy. He is an Associate Placement Assessor for Stranmillis University College and Director of the Charity ‘Love for Life’. 

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Miss Rosemary Rainey is Vice-Chair of the Transferor Representatives’ Council, a Board Member of the Board of Education of the Methodist Church in Ireland, a Council Member of the General Teaching Council for NI and the NI Cancer Registry Council respectively, and a Director of the Belfast South Network Company.

Having served on several Government working groups and numerous educational bodies, she was Chairman of the former Belfast Education and Library Board (2010-2015) and President of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (NI Branch) (1989-1991).

She is currently a School Governor of Grosvenor Grammar School and a member of the Management Board of the City of Belfast School of Music. 

Rosemary was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to education. 

Active in the voluntary sector, she was Chairman of Women's Forum NI (2004-2008) and given their highest award of honorary life membership in 2010.   

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Ms Nuala Toman is a Research and Policy Analyst for Sinn Féin, a Disability Support Tutor at Queen’s University, Belfast and an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.
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