Julie Harrison, an adviser for the project and infrastructure planning body the Strategic Investment Board, has been appointed chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s Northern Ireland committee.
The Northern Ireland committee manages how the country’s allocated funding from the Big Lottery Fund is spent. It is governed by the UK board.
Harrison, who spent more than seven years on the committee until November 2015, has been appointed chair for a four-year term, which began on 1 January.
She will lead the committee in making all funding decisions for the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.
Harrison, who will be paid £24,000 a year for up to five days a month, will also sit on the Big Lottery Fund UK board, representing Northern Ireland interests and priorities.
During her career, she has provided grant-making advice to organisations including the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Special EU Programmes Body, which coordinates projects funded by the European Union in Northern Ireland and the adjacent regions.
Peter Ainsworth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "I am delighted to welcome Julie Harrison as NI chair and to the UK board. Her knowledge and experience will be vital in supporting the Big Lottery Fund."
Harrison said: "I have seen the impact that projects supported by the Big Lottery Fund can make in communities across Northern Ireland and the UK. I am looking forward to hearing what matters most to people and how we can help them to make a difference."