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Gavin Boyd appointed to top Education Authority post

GAVIN Boyd has been appointed to another top education post.

Education minister John O'Dowd last night announced that Mr Boyd, pictured, who has held several senior posts in the education sector, will be the new interim chief executive of the Education Authority.

The Education Authority will be established on April 1 2015 and will replace the five existing education and library boards.

Mr Boyd's appointment will take effect early in the new year, on a date to be agreed, following Royal Assent for the Education Bill.

The process to appoint the permanent chief executive will commence within one year of the Authority's first board meeting.

Mr Boyd has previously held several senior posts in the education sector, including chief executive of the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment and interim chief executive of the Belfast Education and Library Board.

He had been chief executive designate of the Education and Skills Authority, which failed to win cross-party approval after years of wrangling.

Mr O'Dowd said: "Gavin Boyd has a wealth of experience within the education sector which will be crucial in taking forward the establishment of the Education Authority.

"His time spent as chief executive designate of the Education and Skills Authority will be invaluable in leading what will be a major change programme affecting the education and library boards and bringing stability to the Education Authority from the outset."

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