Stormont Health Minister, Simon Hamilton announced that Geraldine McGahey would serve in the post for the period March 1, 2016 – February 29, 2020.
Ms. McGahey stood down as Chief Executive of Larne Borough Council on April 1 2015 when the new Northern Ireland district councils were formed. During her time as Chief Executive she was the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers (SOLACE’s) gender champion promoting women in local government.
She also served as a representative on the Good Relations Panel, reporting to the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers.
Ms. McGahey was also an appointee of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to the Northern Zone Steering Committee for the Social Investment Fund.
Previously, she was a Building Control Surveyor in Belfast City Council (1993-2001) and Grants Officer with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (1983-1989).
She received an OBE for services to local government in the New Year Honours list for 2015.
Ms. McGahey currently holds an appointment as an Equality Commissioner for Northern Ireland and is a mentor to the Woman’s Leadership Initiative. The rate of remuneration payable for these appointments is £7,960 per annum for a time commitment of 1 day per week.