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Wednesday 2nd February 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Angela Smith MP, today announced the appointment of Mr Raymond Fullerton as a member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Welcoming Mr Fullerton, who replaces Mr Adrian McDowell who resigned from the Council last year, the Minister said: “I am very pleased that Mr Fullerton has agreed to accept this position. I am confident that his experience and skills will prove invaluable to the Council as it seeks to further the development of the arts in Northern Ireland.”

Mr Fullerton’s appointment, which runs from 1 February 2005 to 30 June 2007, was made in accordance with the guidance of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

Mr Raymond Fullerton is a consultancy and change management specialist who formerly held senior management positions in the private sector which include Pricewaterhousecoopers and retail investment banks. He currently works for BT and is a senior partner in his own consultancy firm. He was on the boards of Young Enterprize SE area, LIELG (part of the NI Business Education Partnership), and currently on the boards of the British Computer Society and the Ulster Youth Choir. He is interested in a wide spectrum of arts media.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published.

Mr Fullerton has not participated in any political activity during the last five years and this position on the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is not remunerated.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is a statutory body governed by the Arts Council ( Northern Ireland) Order 1995. The Minister responsible for arts appoints Council members.

The Council’s statutory functions include:

  • Development and improvement of the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts;
  • increase public access to, and participation in, the arts;
  • advise DCAL and other Government departments, district councils and other bodies on matters relating to the arts;
  • distribution of Northern Ireland’s share of the National Lottery proceeds for the arts.
  • The Council employs approximately 46 members of staff and is responsible for administering grant-in-aid of around £11.05million as well as Northern Ireland’s share of National Lottery proceeds for the arts.

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