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.

CSSC third AGM took place at Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim in May 2019. Read about AGM 2019 here.

  • Mark Orr

    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.

  • Andre Broan

    Dr Andrew Brown

    Vice-chairperson

    Presbyterian Church in Ireland / Read more about 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

    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

    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

    Mr Hugh McCarthy

    Hugh McCarthy served as Principal of Killicomaine Junior High School for 23 years and taught in the controlled sector for 45 years.  He previously taught in Banbridge High, Orangefield Girls’ and Boys’ Model, Belfast.

    He currently lectures in Headship/Leadership with the Ulster University and sits on EA Appeals Panels.  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.

  • Mrs Heather Murray

    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

    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

    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.

  • Mrs Dorothy Black MBE

    Mrs Dorothy Black MBE

    Dorothy has taught in the controlled sector and held positions with CCEA, to review the curriculum, and GTCNI to align teacher competencies across post primary and further education. 

    She has interacted with senior management of all school types while working as a PGCE lecturer at Ulster. Dorothy serves on the committees of two community based shared education projects.

  • Mr Trevor Robinson

    Mr Trevor Robinson

    Headmaster, Lurgan College

    Trevor Robinson has extensive experience of strategic school leadership and has worked in collaboration with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies.  His vision and values are underpinned by the aspiration that all young people fulfil their intellectual, social, moral and spiritual potential. 

    Trevor is a former Chairman of the Association of Controlled Grammar Schools and is currently President of the Association of School and College Leaders (NI). He also serves as an Associate Assessor with ETI. 

    Grammar schools can contact Trevor Robinson here.