Appointment of new Policing Board members announced Secretary of State

Secretary of State appoints new members to the Northern Ireland Policing Board

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon Karen Bradley MP, today announced the reconstitution of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, by formally appointing both independent and political members. In the absence of Northern Ireland Ministers, these appointments were made possible by the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 1 November.

The new independent members will be Tom Frawley, Doug Garrett and Colm McKenna. They will take up office on 1 December 2018 and will join the existing six other independent members who will continue to serve until June 2019.

Following nominations by the NI parties, the following political members of the Board have also been appointed:

DUP - Keith Buchanan, Joanne Bunting, Gary Middleton, Mervyn Storey

Sinn Fein -Gerry Kelly, Linda Dillon, Philip McGuigan

Alliance - John Blair

SDLP - Dolores Kelly

UUP - Alan Chambers

Mrs Bradley said :

"I am pleased to make these appointments to the Northern Ireland Policing Board to ensure that this important body can get back to work.

"The Policing Board has a unique role in that it has primacy for policing accountability, but it also has an important advocacy role to play on issues that contribute to police service effectiveness, efficiency, partnership working and overall good policing. I am confident these new appointments will enhance the Board’s ability to fulfil this role.

"In October 2018, I introduced the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018. The legislation enabled me to make key public appointments to a number of bodies including the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

"Whilst I am pleased to announce these appointment and we will continue to make the necessary interventions to ensure good governance and the delivery of public services, this can never be a substitute for local decision making. It would be much better for devolved Ministers to be in place to make these decisions - including on key public appointments.

"That is why I will be engaging the parties urgently, along with the Tanaiste in line with the well-established three stranded approach, to work to find a solution that gets the Executive restored and delivering for the people of NI."