Minister Mallon announces appointments of Derry City and Strabane District Councillors to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners

Date published: 05 March 2020

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced the appointment of three Councillors to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners (LPHC).

The Board has a statutory duty to improve, maintain, regulate and manage the Foyle Port to facilitate the development of the harbour.

The Minister has appointed Councillor Rachael Ferguson, Councillor Christopher Jackson and Alderman Ryan McCready. Their appointments will take effect from 1 March 2020 from 1 April 2020 respectively.

The Councillors were nominated by Derry City and Strabane District Council and appointed by the Minister following a selection process.

Minister Mallon said:

“I congratulate Councillors Ferguson, Jackson and McCready on their appointment to the Board of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners.  I am confident that their experience and the new perspectives which they will bring to the Board will add great value to the work of the Commissioners.” 

The Minister also paid tribute to the outgoing Board Members, saying:

“I would also thank Councillor Maurice Devenney and Councillor Jim McKeever for the valuable contribution they have made to LPHC during their tenure.”

These appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s Code of Practice.

Notes to editors: 

  1. 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).
  2. The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners currently have a membership of a Chair, an Executive Member, four Non Executive Members and three Councillor Non-Executive Members (includes the two new members appointed form 1 March 20200. The Non-Executive Members of the LPHC Board currently receive remuneration of £8,931 per annum.
  3. Councillors are appointed to the Board in line with the Londonderry Harbour Order (Northern Ireland) 2002, and can only serve as a Commissioner if they remain a member of Council. The appointment term is up to a maximum of four years.
  4. Councillor Ferguson is a full time member of the Council and represents Faughan Ward in Derry City and Strabane District Council. Rachael is a member of the Councils Environment and Regeneration committee and also Deputy Chair of the Health and Community committee. She holds a number of non-remunerated appointments, including the Director of Strathfoyle Women’s Activity Group, Director of Rural Partnership Local Growth and Director of Tiny tots Community Playgroup.
  5. Councillor Jackson is a full time member represents the Waterside Electoral Ward in Derry City and Strabane District Council. Christopher is the current Chair of Councils planning committee and is also a member of the Environment and Regeneration committee.
  6. Alderman McCready is a full time member of the Council and represents Faughan Ward in Derry City and Strabane District Council. Ryan is a member of the Councils Environment and Regeneration Committee. He is the Deputy Chair for the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee, and a board member on City of Derry Airport Ltd. Ryan was appointed as the Armed Forces Veterans Champion for the City and District which sees him as a member of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association NI.
  7. 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. Councillor Ferguson has declared that she has undertaken political activity on behalf of the Alliance Party.  Councillor Jackson has declared that he has undertaken political activity on behalf of Sinn Fein.  Councillor McCready has declared that he has undertaken political activity on behalf of the Democratic Unionist Party.
  8. The Department for Infrastructure does not appoint board members automatically to a second term. All appointments are made through open competition.
  9. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or email: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer - number 028 9037 8110.
  10. Follow the Department on Twitter @deptinfra.

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