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Education Authority recommences recruitment of new Chief Executive

Education Authority recommences recruitment of new Chief Executive

The Education Authority (EA) has today recommenced the recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Executive.


The role is currently held by Gavin Boyd who has successfully overseen the transition from five Education and Library Boards to a regional Education Authority.

EA Chairperson, Sharon O’Connor said;

With responsibility for a £1.8bn budget and over 39,000 staff, the EA Chief Executive position is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most challenging and exciting public service leadership roles in the UK and Ireland.

Our core focus is to help improve educational outcomes. We provide vital services for hundreds of thousands of children and young people in our schools and youth centres.

Each year we transport around 90,000 young people to and from school. We operate a fleet of over 800 school buses. Our catering staff prepare over 145,000 school meals every day.

We provide a wide range of professional support services to over 1000 schools including financial planning, recruitment and HR. We also provide essential ICT services and support.

Our transformation has only just begun. One of the most significant challenges we face is continuing to deliver important services whilst managing the biggest change programme in education in over forty years.

We are looking for a leader who can inspire, lead and motivate EA staff to continue to build a world class organisation that is responsive to the needs of our young people.

The appointment of a new Chief Executive is a key milestone in our transformational journey. It is an opportunity to drive the most wide ranging change in education in Northern Ireland in over forty years, and to shape the future of education for the benefit of generations of children and young people to come.” 

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The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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