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Council Appoints Two New Directors

Council Appoints Two New Directors

July 27, 2017

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council have made two senior appointments to its Corporate Management Team.  Ms Sinead Clarke has been appointed as Director of Service Support and Mr Donal Rogan has been appointed as Director of Service Transformation.


These appointments follow a recent restructuring process within the Council, designed to develop public services offered across the City.


Sinead will lead on all of the Council’s Support Functions providing a wide range of support services to ensure effective service delivery across the Council.


Sinead has some 10 years’ experience in local government and previously held the post of Head of Service of Human Resources and Organisation Development in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the former Lisburn City Council.  She led and advised on strategic organisation prior to and during the establishment of the new Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.  Sinead has delivered on HR policy, cross-department training and development and on improvement programmes for the Council.  She has also lectured at higher education level on Business Management.


She holds a BA Hons Degree in Business Studies and an MSc in Human Resources Management.  Sinead is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


As a new Director Sinead is looking forward to leading the Department of Service Support for the betterment of ratepayers and businesses within the Council area with Management Teams and Elected Members of Council.


As part of the Council’s restructuring, the Department of Transformation has also been created to ensure that the Council is well equipped to meet the future needs of Lisburn & Castlereagh.  As Director of Service Transformation, Donal will lead on the Council area’s progression and development.  This will include growth strategies, the built environment, economic development, social and physical regeneration, capital project development and Council service delivery modelling; with community priorities at the centre of this work.


Donal brings 26 years of local government experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Strategy and he graduated from the University of Ulster and the College of Estate Management in Reading in construction related degrees and has a track record in leading extensive development programmes.


He comes to Lisburn & Castlereagh from Belfast City Council where he held the post of Head of Contracts, having previously worked in the former Lisburn City Council for a number of years. 


His wealth of experience includes the following areas, leading the delivery of physical regeneration programmes; building control; environmental improvement; rating and valuation; procurement and contract management; programming and project management and leading change management programmes;


Donal is looking forward to contributing to and working with the Council’s Management Team in this exciting time for the local government sector.


Speaking about the appointments, Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson, said the appointment of two new directors was an important step in the Council’s progression.


“I am delighted to welcome Sinead and Donal on board, bringing a wealth of experience to the Council.  The Council structure is evolving to ensure that service delivery remains at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to improving performance, attracting investment and encouraging joined up working across all section in the City,” said Dr Donaldson.


Sinead and Donal join fellow Directors, Mr Jim Rose, Director of Service Delivery (Non-Regulated) and Mrs Heather Moore, Director of Service Delivery (Regulated).


Alderman James Tinsley, Chair of the Council’s Efficiency Review Steering Group said that the two new appointments were part of an overall review into how the Council organises its services.


“There is no point in change for change sake. There are many exciting plans for the Council area and the time was now right for the Council’s structure and services to be aligned with our ambitions for Lisburn and Castlereagh.  Our new structure, a committed Council, Management Team and staff will ensure that we deliver the right, value for money services going forward,” said Alderman Tinsley.