New chair for college board

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Ms Carmel McKinney OBE has been appointed as Chairperson of the Governing Body of Northern Regional College (NRC).

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “Further education colleges are central to helping to deliver the growth of Northern Ireland’s economy. With its origins and traditions firmly rooted within the local communities it serves, Northern Regional College is ideally positioned to understand and respond to the needs of the economy, employers and learners in their catchment area.”

Her appointment will be for a period of four years. Appointments to the Governing Bodies of Further Education Colleges are not remunerated.

Northern Regional College was formed in 2007 following the incorporation of Causeway Institute, East Antrim Institute and North East Institute. In 2012/13, the College had a total student enrolment of 5,612 and employed 678 people of whom 404 are teaching staff.

Ms McKinney previously served as Chairperson of Belfast Education and Library Board. She has been in the teaching profession for over 30 years, including 13 years as a school principal in an area of high deprivation and multiple barriers to learning.

She is currently a governor of Victoria College and a ministerial appointee to the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.

She has been a ministerial nominee to a range of public bodies including CCEA, CCMS, Youth Council in Northern Ireland and as a governor of a further education college.

Ms McKinney holds an OBE for services to Education in Northern Ireland and was a finalist in the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.