NI regulator appoints Seamus Magee and Steven Cockcroft to its board

Magee was head of the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland until last year; Cockcroft is a managing partner of the commercial law firm Johns Elliot

CCNI: two appointments
CCNI: two appointments

The former head of the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland and a commercial property lawyer have been appointed to the board of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

The Department for Social Development announced yesterday that Seamus Magee, who was head of the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland from 2001 until 2014, and Steven Cockcroft, a managing partner of the commercial law firm Johns Elliot, had been appointed to the CCNI’s board.

Magee took up his post yesterday and Cockcroft will join the board as a legally qualified commissioner on 2 November. Both will serve three-year terms.

At the Electoral Commission, Magee was involved in introducing individual electoral registration and establishing a regulatory framework for political parties in Northern Ireland, according to the Department for Social Development. He previously worked in health, social services and consumer affairs. Magee is also a lay assessor with the General Medical Council and is a governor of Assumption Grammar School in County Down.

The CCNI’s board is made up of a commissioner, deputy commissioner and a further five commissioners, one of whom must be a barrister or solicitor of at least seven years' standing. Commissioners are paid a salary of £2,300 a year for a typical workload of one or two days a month.

Appointments to the board are made by the Minister for Social Development for Northern Ireland in line with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland’s code of practice.

In the appointment process, both Cockroft and Magee declared they were not involved in any political activity – a declaration of any political activity is required by the code.

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