28 June 2023
The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the appointment of Mr Jay Colville as the new Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Board. Mr Colville will take up his role on 1 July 2023.
Having completed 2 terms as Chairperson, the outgoing Chair Ms Carmel McKinney OBE will leave the position at the end of June.
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Interim Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, Andy Hearn said:
“I am delighted to welcome Mr Colville as the new Chair of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS). He will bring a wealth of experience to the role.
“Mr Colville joins us at a critical time for our organisation in driving change and continuous improvement. We want to provide a more efficient and effective fire and rescue service for the people of Northern Ireland, whilst ensuring we support the needs of all of our employees who go above and beyond every day in keeping people safe. Along with my Executive Leadership Team colleagues I look forward to working closely with Mr Colville.”
“I would like to thank our outgoing Chair Carmel McKinney OBE for her many years of dedicated service to NIFRS. Ms McKinney brought extensive expertise and experience as a leader to the role. We thank her for her tireless efforts in supporting the organisation and in particular promoting the diversity agenda. We wish Ms McKinney well for the future.”