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Bushmills woman appointed to NI Council for Integrated Education

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The Department of Education has announced the appointment of four new members to the NI Council for Integrated Education (NICIE).

The appointments were made in accordance with the principles and practices of the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The four new appointments are as follows:

Mr Michael James Arlow lives in Downpatrick and is currently a lecturer in Shared Education at Queen’s University, Belfast. Mr Arlow will bring to the NICIE Board experience in promoting good governance, managing risk and of reviewing finances. He has experience in strategic decision making and working with a range of stakeholders including at an international level to deliver business objectives. He also has an extensive knowledge and expertise in working with children and young people on issues pertinent to integrated education. Mr Arlow has declared that he has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and he does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Mrs Maeve Marnell is from Crawfordsburn and is a former solicitor and is currently an Executive Trustee of the charity ‘Food for Thought Africa’ and a volunteer Adviser at the North Down Citizen’s Advice. Mrs Marnell will bring to the NICIE Board experience in promoting governance, managing finances including sourcing and allocating funding, setting up a charitable organisation and determining its strategic direction. She also has experience of working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders. Mrs Marnell has declared that she has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and she does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Mrs Denise McIlwaine is from Bushmills and is currently a lay member for the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. She is also a volunteer at the Riverside Theatre. Mrs McIlwaine will bring to the NICIE Board managerial and financial experience from the private sector. She has experience as an auditor and as a General/Personnel Manager and has been responsible for compiling and reviewing risk assessments. As a department store manager she also has experience in all aspects of the Human Resources function and of engaging with directors and staff. Mrs McIlwaine has declared that she has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and she does not currently hold any other public appointments.

Dr Anne Marie Telford is from Moira. Until January 2016, Dr Telford was Chair of the Expert Advisory Board, established to support and oversee the performance of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. She will bring to the NICIE Board experience in a number of governance areas including the improvement of financial data/information. She has strategic planning experience as an executive director with a Health Board, she has led the establishment of a Critical Care Network which involved networking with a range of stakeholders, and has lead a Project Board to advise on a multi-million pound investment strategy. Dr Telford has declared that she has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and she does not currently hold any other public appointments.

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