Governance

The Commissioner appointed an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) in April 2017 and their term will run until April 2021. ARAC has three independent and externally appointed members who advise and support the Commissioner on good governance, accounting and audit standards and risk management.

ARAC's terms of reference can be downloaded here.

Front (L-R) Evelyn Hoy, COPNI Chief Executive and Professor Dolores O'Reilly

Back (L-R) Gerry Campbell, Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland and Joe Campbell

ARAC Members

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    Gerry Campbell
    ARAC Chair

    Gerry Campbell was reappointed to serve a second term as ARAC Chair for the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland in April 2017.

    He is currently the Chief Executive of Colleges NI following his appointment in July 2011.

    From 2008 to 2011 he was the Chief Executive of the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and between 2002 and 2008 was the Director of Corporate Services with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). Between 1999 and 2002, Gerry was the Regional Commercial Training Manager for the British Red Cross, responsible for all commercial training activities in NI, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

    Gerry is currently the Northern Ireland Chair of Extern, Chair of the Board of Governors of a primary school in Antrim, a Governor of a post-primary school in Randalstown, and the Chair of two charitable organisations based in Antrim. 

    Gerry was previously a non-executive director and Deputy Chair of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, a board member of Sport Northern Ireland and the Chair of the Belfast Citizens Advice Bureau.

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    Professor Dolores O’Reilly
    ARAC Member

    Dr Dolores O’Reilly is Professor Emerita of International Business and Strategy at the University of Ulster, where she initiated the School of International Business in 1999 and the International Business Centre in 2000. She was appointed as a Commissioner for the Londonderry Port and Harbour in February 2011 and was reappointed for a second term in April 2015, where she is Chair of the Risk Committee.

    Dolores is also an Independent Board Member of the Department of Finance (DoF) since 2010 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and Land and Property Services (LPS).

    Professor O’Reilly is also a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Enterprise Shared Services and a Director of Northern Ireland Opera and Derry Theatre Trust.

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    Joe Campbell
    ARAC Member

    Joe Campbell is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was the City Treasurer of Derry City Council until November 2013 and was the Regional Chair of the Association of Local Government Finance Officers from 2010 to 2012.

    He is presently a Non-Executive Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust and chairs their Audit Committee and is an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Special European Union Programmes Body and NI Commissioner for Children and Young People and is the Independent Chair of the Audit Committee of Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

    Joe is also a Member of the CIMA Disciplinary Committee and is Chair of the Board of Governors of Belmont Nursery School and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Long Tower Primary School.