The Department for Infrastructure has announced the extension of the appointment term for Alderman Maurice Devenney, a Non-Executive Member of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners.
This is with effect from 21 July 2019 to 29 February 2020.
This extension has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice.
Councillors are appointed to the Board in line with the requirements of the Londonderry Harbour Order (Northern Ireland) 2002, and can only serve as a Commissioner if they remain a member of Council. As Derek Hussey was disqualified from being a Councillor with effect from 16 July, the Department can confirm his appointment as a Commissioner also ceased at that time
Notes to editors:
- Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners is a Public Trust Port established by legislation. The Commissioners have responsibility, under a series of Harbour Acts and Orders, for developing, maintaining and operating Foyle Port to the highest standards of efficiency, financial prudence, environmental awareness, safety and security to the benefit of all stakeholders. The Constitution of the Commissioners was established under the Londonderry Harbour Order (Northern Ireland) 2002 (No 41).
- The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners currently have a membership of a Chair, an Executive Member, four Non Executive Members and 2 Councillor Non-Executive Members. The Non-Executive Members of the LPHC Board currently receive remuneration of £8,931.82 per annum.
- Alderman Maurice Devenney represents the District Council’s Sperrin area. He has served as a member of the LPHC Board since October 2011.
- All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Alderman Devenney has declared that he has undertaken political activity for the Democratic Unionist Party.
- The Department for Infrastructure does not reappoint board members automatically to a second term. All appointments are made through open competition. This is an extension rather than a re-appointment.
- Councillors are appointed to the Board in line with the requirements of the Londonderry Harbour Order (Northern Ireland) 2002. The 2002 Order under Schedule 1, Part 1, paragraph 3 sets out the conditions of Councillor appointments with those appointments co-terminus with membership of Council. Paragraph 4 further states that “A person appointed under paragraph 3 who ceases to be a member of the Council shall thereupon cease to be a Commissioner.”
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