EMPLOYMENT and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has announced on Wednesday the appointment of three people as members of the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College in Belfast.
They appointees are: Shirley Madden, Kenneth Nelson and Robert Thompson.
Stranmillis was founded in 1922 by the then recently established Ministry of Education for Northern Ireland to provide state-funded teacher training alongside that already available at the existing St Mary’s College.
Both institutions have become academically recognised as university colleges of Queen’s University Belfast.
Stranmillis offers teacher training for the primary and secondary school sectors as well as professional development courses, a BA in Early Childhood Studies and a BSc in Health and Leisure.
The Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the College’s activities, achievement of its mission, compliance with its framework of governance and the Financial Memorandum under which funding is received from the Department for Employment and Learning.
The appointments take effect from 29 March 2013 for a period of four years.
Mrs Madden has been employed in the legal profession for the past 10 years during which time she has held a variety of posts in London, Dublin and Northern Ireland, including a period of secondment to University College Dublin.
In 2009 she took up the role of in-house legal adviser in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), a Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.
Mrs Madden currently practices as the senior associate solicitor in a commercial law firm. She brings excellent communication and mediation skills to the Governing Body.
Kenneth Nelson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Larne Enterprise Development Company Ltd.
He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Northern Regional College serving as Vice Chairman of the Education Committee.
He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Ballymena Academy where he is Chairman of the Marketing Committee.
In 2012 Mr Nelson was appointed to the Board of InvestNI.
He brings a full understanding of strategy development and monitoring and understands the crucial roles played by risk management and strong corporate governance.
Robert Thompson, a former student of Stranmillis, served the last 32 years of his professional career as Principal of Doagh Primary School.
He is Chair of a local primary school and Governor of two large post-primary schools, in one of which, he is Chair of the Finance Committee.
He has been a member of the North Eastern Education & Library Board.
Mr Thompson has been recently been appointed to the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). Mr Thompson brings an understanding of strategic planning to the Governing Body.