Membership of CCEA Council

CCEA's Council consists of a Chairperson and 13 other members appointed by the Department of Education (DE) and includes representatives from education, industry and commerce as well as having government assessors. Current membership is as follows:

Chairman

Mr Trevor CarsonMr Trevor Carson

Mr Trevor Carson is from Glengormley. He taught Biology and Science in a large boys’ secondary school for 10 years including Year Master and Head of Department. Following this he lectured in Applied Science in what is now Belfast Metropolitan College. He was seconded to BELB as FE Development Officer and Adult Education Officer and also to the Association of NI FE Colleges as Curriculum and Staff Development Officer. He was Director of LSDA NI : quality improvement organisation for the FE and Training Sector. This work included extensive support for governance in the FE Sector and additional responsibility for HR training and development in LSN (LSDA NI’s parent organisation in England and Wales). He has worked extensively for CCEA and its predecessor bodies including Principal Coursework Moderator for GCSE Sciences, subject committees and represented CCEA on Inspections (scrutiny teams) for what is now OfQual. He is currently a self-employed Educational Professional. Other interests include: producer of a talking newspaper for the visually handicapped and part-time sports journalist for the Belfast Telegraph. He has also chaired a range of committees, reference groups and national conferences.

Council Members

Mr Tom ArmstrongMr Tom Armstrong

Mr Tom Armstrong is from Belfast and has worked in the Further Education (FE) and post primary sectors both as a lecturer and coordinator of EU programmes for 23 years and over the past 14 years as a school principal in North and West Belfast. Mr Armstrong has been involved as an advisor and trainer in the development of community partnership arrangements, representing the post primary education sector and the West Belfast Community Partnership Board. He brings to the Council experience in strategic-planning and the implementation of strategic change for communities identifying areas of need; also he brings to the Council a knowledge and experience of vocational and academic programmes as both a trainer and curriculum planner. Mr Armstrong does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mrs Rosemary CowanMrs Rosemary Cowan

Mrs Rosemary Cowan MSc. (UU); PGCE (UU) is from Belfast and is a Business & Management Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Extensive senior management experience acquired in Financial Services sector. Experienced in Human Resource Consultancy with both public and private sector corporate clients. She brings to the Council expertise in governance including financial and risk management coupled with knowledge and experience of education. Mrs Cowan is Chair of CCEA’s Finance and Resources Committee. Mrs Cowan does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Dr Peter Cunningham MBEDr Peter Cunningham MBE

Dr Peter Cunningham MBE is from Newry and has been the Principal of Ceara Special School, Lurgan since 1995, and a member of the Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal since 2004. He brings to the Council experience in governance including financial and HR responsibilities and a knowledge and experience of education. He is currently a board member of St Mary’s Teacher Training College, Belfast and a member of the Education Authority Senior Teacher Appointments Panel. He has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Dr Leslie Caul OBE

Dr Leslie Caul OBE is from Newtownabbey and has held senior positions in Stranmillis University College and over a period of 30 years has written books and academic articles on education. He has held the position of Chair of the Irish Football Association (IFA) since 2007. He brings to the Council experience in governance and strategic leadership and a knowledge and experience of education within the Further Education/Higher Education sector. Dr Caul does not hold any other public appointments and he has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mr Martin DonnellyMr Martin Donnelly M.Ed(QUB)M.Ed(UU) B.Ed (Hons) Cert.Ed

Mr Martin Donnelly M.Ed(QUB)M.Ed(UU) B.Ed (Hons) Cert.Ed is from Enniskillen and is a former primary school Principal and Senior Education Adviser with the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS:1993-2011). He is a Trustee Representative for the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools. He brings to the Council experience in governance including risk management, policy development and experience of influencing strategy on a range of educational issues in addition to an extensive knowledge of education. Mr Donnelly is Chair of CCEA’s Audit & Risk Assurance Committee and a member of the Education Committee. Mr Donnelly does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Mrs Christine HarpurMrs Christine Harpur

Mrs Christine Harpur is from Whitehead and a Joint Managing partner in Keep it Simple Solutions Consultancy. She is an independent Consultant for City and Guilds and recently completed two terms as a Joseph Rowntree Trustee for the Integrated Education Fund. She brings to the Council extensive business and HR expertise in Public, Private and Voluntary sectors plus further experience in governance and risk management, thinking strategically / influencing the strategic direction of an organisation, communications and marketing. She has a sound general knowledge of education with specific skills in vocational education. Mrs Harpur is Vice-Chair of Council, a member of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee and has recently been appointed to the Regulatory Advisory Committee. Mrs Harpur does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Dr Ana KerrDr Ana Kerr

Dr Ana Kerr is from Belfast and is an education consultant providing a range of services to schools, universities, teacher training establishments and education authorities here and abroad. She is also a part-time tutor at Queen’s University Belfast and Stranmillis University College. She brings to the Council experience in governance, including team management, business planning and financial management; experience in strategy development; a wide experience in communication and inter-personal skills; and knowledge and experience of education both in Northern Ireland and abroad. Dr Kerr does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activities during the past five years.

Dr Neill Morton OBEDr Neill Morton OBE

Dr Neill Morton OBE is from Belfast and the Principal of Portora Royal School, Enniskillen since 2002. He is a member of the editorial advice board for the educational journal SecEd and writes on educational matters for publication in local newspapers and education journals. He brings to the Council over 40 years’ teaching experience; experience in strategic thinking; effective communication skills; and a well-developed knowledge of the challenges facing the education sector. Mr Morton is Chair of CCEA’s Education Committee. Mr Morton does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activities during the past five years.

Mrs Jennifer MussenMrs Jennifer Mussen M.A., B.A.(HONS), DIP.ED.

Mrs Jennifer Mussen M.A., B.A.(HONS), DIP.ED. from North Down, formerly Principal of an 11-18 Co-ed High School, brings to the Council experience in governance including financial and HR responsibilities, experience as an Examiner , Moderator and Verifier and a knowledge and experience of curriculum and resource development. Mrs Mussen does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

Mrs Kathleen O'HareMrs Kathleen O'Hare

Mrs Kathleen O’Hare is from Newry and has been the Principal of two post-primary schools in Northern Ireland. She is currently the Head Teacher of Hazelwood Integrated College in North Belfast. She brings to the Council experience in governance including strategic planning and a knowledge and experience of education in both the post primary and Higher Education sectors. Mrs O’Hare is on the Board of Directors of the Verbal Arts Centre and the Board of Belfast Metropolitan College. She does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past five years.

Mr Robert ThompsonMr Robert Thompson

Mr Robert Thompson is from Ballyclare and was a Head Teacher in Doagh Primary School from 1980 until his retirement in 2012. He was a former board member of the North Eastern Education and Library Board and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of a large Grammar School, a large Secondary School and a Nursery School; and also a member of the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College, Belfast. He brings to the Council experience in governance and a knowledge and experience of education. Mr Thompson does not hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity during the past 5 years.

CCEA Officers

Mr Justin Edwards
Chief Executive

Miss Noleen Kennedy
Manager, Council Secretariat, Chief Executive's Office

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