Governance Services

Council - Appointed Members

Fourteen persons not being members of staff or students of the University 

John Baxter
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Retired on 31 December 1999 after 35 years as a practising solicitor. During that period has acted on many occasions, both for The New University of Ulster and latterly for University of Ulster. Member of the University Theatre Board.

Has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce movement for many years. Also a member of the Law Society Advisory Panel and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel.

Currently the Vice-Lord Lieutenant for Co Londonderry.


Niall Birthistle
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Former Executive Director of Adria Ltd. Prior to owning his own business he had been an Executive Director of Glen Abbey Plc.

He has served on other bodies such as Economic Development Forum, Derry City Council's Economic Regeneration Forum, Derry City Centre Initiative and the Northern Ireland Partnership Board.

He is currently Chairman of the North-West Chambers of Commerce Initiative and the Playhouse Theatre.


Jeremy Harbinson

Dr Jeremy Harbison, CBE, is currently Chair of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, established as the regulatory body for the social care profession in Northern Ireland. He is also a Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and a Trustee of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Previously he had worked as a social researcher and administrator in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in a range of departments, after ten years as a practising Clinical Psychologist. He has had senior policy responsibility in a wide range of social areas including health, social care, community relations, urban regeneration and social exclusion.


Derek Irwin

Honorary Treasurer and a Governor of Coleraine Academic Institution and Board Member of Coleraine Riverside Theatre.

His interests include theatre, travel and golf.


Jean Jefferson
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Chair of the Causeway Health and Social Services Trust. Prior to this the majority of her professional career centred around Secondary Education either as Deputy Head, or as an OFSTED School Inspector.

She has also worked for the NSPCC, the Mental Health Commission and as a Board Member for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Her voluntary work has included acting as Secretary to the Friends of Sandelford, a group that raised funds for a hydrotherapy pool for Coleraine's Special School.


Rosemary Kelly

Former Head of Public Affairs and Company Secretary for BBC Northern Ireland, Rosemary Kelly is currently Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a Governor of the Irish Times Trust. She is also Chairman of the Help the Aged charity in Northern Ireland and a Trustee of its international board in London. 

Rosemary has wide ranging public service as a former member of the Ofcom Content Board in London (the broadcasting regulator); Chairman of the Ormeau Baths Gallery (the contemporary art gallery in Belfast), Deputy Chairman of the Ulster Orchestra, and President of the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals. She was also a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy.


Anne Logue

Lawyer specialising in European Law. Previously employed by Clifford Chance. Published “State Monopolies Under EC Law” (1998).

Anne has lived in Brussels from 1985 – 1998 and from 2003 until returning to Northern Ireland at the end of 2004. She is married with three grown-up children. As well as studying law at QUB, Anne Studied Social Administration at the University of Ulster and was awarded a Diploma in Social Administration (with Distinction) in 1978.


Gerry Mallon

Graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 with First Class Honours in Economics and the following year completed an MBA at the University of Ulster. He began his career in the NI Civil Service Fast Stream, including spells as a Ministerial Private Secretary and as Director of International Operations at IDB NI.

Gerry subsequently worked as a management consultant for McKinsey and Company, in London and Dublin.

He returned to NI in 2002 and is currently a Director at the Bank of Ireland, where his role focuses on retail strategy and performance.


Donald McCloy
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He has worked previously as Director of BIFHE, a Dean at University of Ulster and Dean at the Ulster Polytechnic before his current role as an Education Consultant.

He has served on countless boards and committees such as NI Curriculum Council, NI Open Learning Centre and the Governing Body of Stranmillis College.


Anne McGarvey
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Qualified teacher since 1973 and has worked in senior management in education since 1985 as an advisory teacher with WELB as a Vice-Principal and currently as Principal of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Strabane.

She, as Principal is Secretary to the Board of Governors and is responsible for development plans and setting annual targets.


Mary McIvor
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Senior Manager in Marketing and Customer Relations with the Northern and National Irish Banks. Has a very strong interest in and commitment to innovation in Northern Ireland stemming from her research background for which she was awarded a PhD and from ten years spent in business and development with the Industrial Development Board. The best preparation for all the challenges she has dealt with in her career to date has been an MBA from the University of Ulster and she continues to get value from this course.


Rosemary Peters-Gallagher
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Partner in Moore Stephens, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. She has particular responsibility for Audit Compliance and Human Resources. The practice has seven offices and 120 staff throughout Northern Ireland and is a member firm of Moore Stephens International, a “top ten” accountancy firm. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and represents them on the Court of the University.

She has served on the Board of Invest Northern Ireland since its inception in 2002. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Health and Social Services Board and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Rosemary is a panel member of the Appropriate Authority, which deals with the administration of criminal legal aid in Northern Ireland.


Wilfred Mulryne
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Wilfred Mulryne retired as Principal of Methodist College on 31 December 2005, after over 17 years in the post. He had previously been Headmaster of the Royal School Armagh (1978 – 88). As well as teaching in schools, he has taught part-time in Queen's University Belfast.

He is a member of the Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Assessment and Examinations, the Executive of the Governing Bodies Association, the General Teaching Council and the Church of Ireland Synod Board of Education. Among other roles, he was previously Chairman of the Ulster Heads Association, a member of the HMC Universities sub-committee and a non-executive director of the Belfast City Hospital Trust. He is currently Chief Commissioner for Scouting in Northern Ireland, and a Lay Reader in the Church of Ireland.

In 1998 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education by the University of Ulster. In 2005 he received the Allianz Award for Services to Education in Ireland, and a Distinction Award from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education.

He was appointed OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours List.




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