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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The inaugural AGM of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council on 8 March 2017 saw the election of its Board of Directors.

The Directors, representing schools, the Transferor Representatives’ Council and those from a public appointments process will serve for four years.

Mr Mark Orr QC

Mr Mark Orr QC - Chairperson

Mark Orr is a practising barrister and a Queen’s Counsel, specialising in contract, commercial, property, trust and tax law.

Mark is chairperson of the Board of Governors of Banbridge Academy and is former governor of Dromore Central Primary School.

Mr Andrew Brown, Presbyterian Church in Ireland / Transferors Representatives’ Council

Mr Andrew Brown - Vice-chairperson  
Presbyterian Church in Ireland / Transferor Representatives’ Council

Andy Brown is a Principal Lecturer in Teacher Education, Academic Head of Arts and Humanities, a member of the Academic Leadership Team, and Head of the BEd Primary degree at Stranmillis University College.

Andy has wide experience of strategic leadership and policy work for various education bodies and trade unions.

Mrs Grace Trimble, Principal, Kilkeel Nursery School

Mrs Grace Trimble
Principal, Kilkeel Nursery School

Grace Trimble is an experienced nursery principal, who works in partnership with the school community stakeholders and the board of governors to enable continuous evaluation and improvement of educational provision.

She previously served on the interim board of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council. 

Nursery schools can contact Grace here.


Mr Raymond McFeeters
Principal, Castle Tower School / Ardnashee School and College

Raymond McFeeters has worked in both mainstream and special controlled schools during his career and is committed to the vision, values and ethos of the controlled sector.

Raymond has also served on the interim board of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council. 

Mr Hugh McCarthy, Principal, Killicomaine Junior High School

Mr Hugh McCarthy
Principal, Killicomaine Junior High School

Hugh has taught in the controlled sector for 45 years, including 22 years at Killicomaine.  He previously taught in Banbridge High, Orangefield Girls’ and Boys’ Model, Belfast.  He is an experienced governor. 

Hugh chaired the initial group which established a controlled schools’ sectoral body, now the Controlled Schools’ Support Council.

Non-selective post-primary schools can contact Hugh here.

Mr Robin McLoughlin, Principal, Banbridge Academy

Mr Robin McLoughlin
Principal, Banbridge Academy

Robin McLoughlin has strategic school leadership experience and has worked with many statutory and voluntary agencies.  His vision and values are focused on high quality pupil-centred education.

Robin is a past chairman of the Association of Controlled Grammar Schools and former president of the Association of School and College Leaders.

Grammar schools can contact Robin here.

Mrs Heather Murray, Principal, Millington Primary School

Mrs Heather Murray
Principal, Millington Primary School

Heather Murray has experience of both the primary and nursery sectors, having taught and led in a variety of settings from, small rural to large urban schools.

Heather was one of the first interim directors of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council. 

Mrs Gillian Dunlop, Principal, Largymore Primary School

Mrs Gillian Dunlop
Principal, Largymore Primary School 

Gillian Dunlop has worked in six different controlled primary schools. She holds positions with GTCNI and the Ulster Teachers’ Union. 

Gillian will work to ensure that the Council’s relationship with schools is open, transparent and honest, and in the best interests of children and young people. 

Primary schools can contact Gillian here

Dr Peter Hamill

Dr Peter Hamill
Church of Ireland / Transferor Representatives’ Council

Peter Hamill is the Secretary to the Church of Ireland Board of Education (NI). He is a qualified teacher and vocational trainer with a PhD (University of Warwick) in the field of education.

He has worked in the area of training and development for a number of organisations, including the Diocese of Connor, the former Education & Library Boards and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action.

Mr Kenneth Twyble, Methodist Church in Ireland / Transferors Representatives’ Council

Mr Kenneth Twyble
Methodist Church in Ireland / Transferor Representatives’ Council

Ken Twyble is retired vice-principal of Killicomaine Junior High School and current chairperson to the Board of Governors at Bocombra and Orchard County Primary School. 

He is the past Lay Leader of the Methodist Church in Ireland and currently a member of several Church committees.

Mr Johnny Graham OBE

Mr Johnny Graham OBE

Johnny Graham is former principal of Belfast Model School for Girls and has also served as vice-principal in Dromore and Deramore High Schools.

Throughout his career, Johnny has developed and maintained cooperative working relationships to achieve high educational standards and results. 

Mr Bill Reilly MBE FRICS

Mr Bill Reilly MBE FRICS

Bill Reilly is a chartered surveyor.  A former member of the Western Education and Library Board, he is past-president of the Association of Education and Library Boards.

Bill chairs the Board of Governors of Omagh Academy.  He sits on the Boards of Gibson and Newtownstewart Model primary schools, and Choice Housing. 

Mrs Dorothy Black MBE

Mrs Dorothy Black MBE 

Dorothy Black has taught in the controlled sector and also has experience in further and higher education.  

Dorothy has had interaction with senior management of all school types and so brings an understanding of pressures faced in schools. 

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