Membership of the Drainage Council

Stated below are the names and interests of the current members of the current term of the Drainage Council. The terms for local government members were extended from 1 June 2020 up to the date on which new local government representatives are appointed. The terms for specialist representatives were extended from 1 July 2020 to 30 April 2021. Also available from this page is information on the criteria and competencies expected for some of the posts held on the Council.

Chairperson

Mr Alan Strong

Vice Chairperson

Vacant

Secretary

DfI Rivers Head of Corporate Support Services - Mr Shaun Donnelly

Current Members of the Drainage Council

Member Interest represented
Mr Shaun Donnelly Secretary
Mr Jonathan McKee DfI Rivers Ex Officio
Mr Angus Kerr Planning Ex Officio
Mr Alan Strong Drainage Specialist
Mr Andrew Wilson Agriculture
Mr Brendan Kerr Fisheries
Cllr Beth Adger Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Cllr Bernice Swift Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
Cllr Billy Webb Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Cllr Cadogan Enright Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Criteria for industry post

In general applicants for this appointment will be expected to have experience of any sector of industry in Northern Ireland.

In addition applicants will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Knowledge

Applicants should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the priorities, needs, and strategic direction of any sector of industry in Northern Ireland sufficient to represent industrial interests in consideration of Drainage Council business.

Criteria for drainage specialism post

In general applications for this appointment will be expected to have experience of drainage specialism in Northern Ireland.

In addition applicants will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Knowledge

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the principles of hydrology and coastal rivers engineering in the context of flood protection and land drainage.

Criteria for District Councillor post

In general, applicants for these appointments will be a Councillor currently serving on one of the eleven Councils of Northern Ireland.

In addition, applicants will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Knowledge

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the representative role of district councils in the context of the development of drainage and flood defence schemes. At interview, Councillors will be expected to demonstrate that they have knowledge, experience and capacity in the Contribution to Council or Public Life and in Effective Communication Skills.

Criteria for conservation post

In general, applications for this appointment will be expected to have a wide-ranging knowledge of the natural environment and conservation issues with particular emphasis on the ecology of rivers and wetland.

In addition applicants will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Knowledge

Applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of conservation requirements with drainage and flood defences issues sufficient to represent conservation interests in consideration of Drainage Council business.

General competences for all posts

In addition to the competences specific to the representative posts applicants must be able to meet the following criteria:

Making an impact with others

Applicants should have at least two years' experience, gained within the last five years, of developing and maintaining co-operative working relationships in order to work effectively as a team member and to make a constructive contribution to facilitate decision-making on an impartial basis.

Commitment to the appointee’s role

Applicants should have at least two years' cumulative experience, gained within the last five years, of working to the defined set of rules, values and principles of organisations or groups.

Analytical thinking

Applicants should have at least two years' experience, gained within the last five years, of problem solving and decision-making using an objective and constructive approach.

Communication

Applicants should be able to demonstrate effective communication skills, clear expression of ideas, and confidence of expression including willingness to challenge the ideas of others when appropriate.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate high standards of probity and integrity.

Persons engaged in a civil engineering or environmental consultancy or contracting business are not eligible to apply.

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