New Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) Board appointment

Date published: 10 December 2020

DAERA Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, has announced the appointment of a new Board Member with Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair Responsibility to the Board of the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC).

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Mr Joseph Stewart has been appointed for a three year term effective from 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2024. 

Confirming the new appointment, DAERA Minister Poots MLA said: “I welcome the appointment of Mr Joseph Stewart to the LMC Board to the position of Board Member with responsibility as Chair of their Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.  Mr Stewart’s skills and experience in finance and governance matters will assist the LMC Board to continue to effectively provide corporate oversight of the LMC and contribute to the fulfilment of their Commission’s functions of supporting, examining and informing the marketing and development of the Northern Ireland beef and sheep meat industry.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The LMC was established under the Livestock Marketing Commission Act (NI) 1967.  It is an Executive Non Departmental Public Body and is sponsored by DAERA.  The main duty of the LMC, as stated in the 1967 Act, is to examine and recommend improvements in the marketing of livestock and livestock products.
  2. The post attracts a remuneration of £6,485 plus an additional (pro rata) daily fee of £313 for work undertaken as ARAC Chair (under review) per annum. 
  3. Mr Joseph M Stewart OBE, LLB, JP, is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Public Health Agency (including Chair of its Governance and Audit Committee). He is also the Council Member/Director of the Suffolk Sheep Society GB. He is retired, following a wide-ranging career including the Engineering Employers Federation, Harland & Wolff, Police Authority of NI, (PANI) and PSNI (non-police role).  Mr Stewart has significant finance and governance experience in the private and public sectors which he will bring to the LMC Board member role with responsibility as Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair.  Mr Stewart was appointed an OBE for Public Service in 1994.The above appointment is based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI) requires the political activity of appointees to be published. The appointee has not been involved in any political activity during the past five years.
  4. The appointment is made in accordance with the Livestock and Meat Commission Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 and the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPA NI) Code of Practice.
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