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New Chair appointed to the Board of NI Water

23 March 2011 12:34

The Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy, today announced the appointment of Seán Hogan as non-executive Chair to the Board of NI Water.

Mr Hogan will replace the outgoing interim Chair Mr Padraic White and his appointment will be for a period of three years and will take effect from 24 March 2011.

The Minister said: “I welcome the appointment of Seán Hogan who has considerable experience across a range of public bodies and will bring a great wealth and breadth of expertise which should equip him well for the challenges of this demanding role.

“This important appointment comes at a critical time for the organisation. Mr Hogan will be expected to provide strategic direction and leadership to NI Water. He will be expected to play a key role in restoring public confidence in the company and in ensuring the delivery of effective and efficient water and sewerage services, including improved customer care.

“I would also like to use this opportunity to put on record my thanks and appreciation to the outgoing Chair, Mr Padraic White, who only agreed to take on the Chair role on an interim basis during what can only be described as a very uncertain and challenging time for the company. I commend him for his commitment and leadership during this period of time. He will remain in post for a further month to provide an appropriate handover period.

“One of Mr Hogan’s first tasks will be to participate in the selection process for the appointment of four new non-executive directors to the Board as well as the appointment of a new Chief Executive.”

Seán Hogan is a Masters Graduate in Organisational Management from Queens University Belfast and also Chair of the Agri Food & Bioscience’s Institute here. He is currently Chair Designate of the Education & Skills Authority and Board Member of the NI Transport Holding Company. He currently holds Fellowships with the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Marketing Management, and the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. He is a former Chair of Newry & Mourne Health & Social Services Trust, a former director of the Southern Health & Social Services Board and the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

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