DAERA Permanent Secretary

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Noel Lavery - DAERA Permanent Secretary

Noel Lavery was born and educated in Belfast. He is a chartered accountant by profession and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He trained with Price Waterhouse in Belfast and then worked as a finance professional for ten years with Northern Ireland based quoted textile group Lamont Holdings PLC. He was Group Accountant there prior to his departure in 1997.

Following a 2 year secondment, Noel moved to the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board working in areas including project appraisal and inward investment from 1997-2001.

Noel Joined the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI)  in 2001 becoming Finance Director in December of that year. He was promoted to Deputy Secretary over DETI’s Corporate Services and Business Regulation Directorate in 2003.

Noel joined the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in 2009, initially working on the devolution of justice and policing. He took over responsibility in OFMDFM for Finance, Corporate Services, the regeneration of former military sites, international relations including the NI Executive’s Washington Office and European Policy including the Brussels office in January 2010.

Noel joined the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) as Permanent Secretary on 1 March 2013 and became DAERA Permanent Secretary on 8 May 2016.

He has an interest in most sports particularly golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, football and athletics.  He has completed six marathons.

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