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Welcome from the Chief Executive

Welcome from the Chief Executive

Interim Chief Executive, Gavin Boyd
Gavin Boyd, Interim Chief Executive

On 01 April 2015, the Education and Library Boards ceased to exist and in their place the Education Authority (EA) was created. EA is a single organisation with responsibility for delivering education services across Northern Ireland.

This is the beginning of a journey which will eventually see equality of access to education services for all children and young people regardless of where they live or what their background is. 

A programme of work is under way to develop regional services, policies and procedures. However, the most important message right now is that, as far as users of our services are concerned, nothing changes in the short term. Bringing together the structures of the five ELBs into one organisation is a complex task and will happen gradually over a number of years. In the interim, the staff and structures of the ELBs will continue to operate as five sub regions of the Education Authority.

So in the majority of cases, you should continue to contact the same person in the same place as you would have before 01 April 2015. 

The current ELB policies continue to apply and the same arrangements remain in place for the time being. For example, the same buses will turn up, meals will continue to be cooked and all services will continue to be managed as they are now.

This will begin to change as Directors are appointed and we begin to further develop an organisational structure designed to deliver services and policies on a regional basis.  Our key priority now is to ensure continuity of service during the transition.

You may find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section useful if you have any queries or concerns. You can also email us at with comments and questions to help develop this section and ensure that we are addressing the issues that are important to you.

Best Wishes

Gavin Boyd Signature
Gavin Boyd

Chief Executive


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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