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Five new board members appointed to troubled Sport NI

Five people have been appointed to the board of troubled sporting body Sport NI

KEY appointments have been made to the board of troubled body Sport NI.

George Lucas, currently chair of the Health and Safety Executive, has been named as the new Sport NI chairman while Jay Colville, a former chair of the Royal Yachting Association NI, is vice-chairman.

Three new board members have also been revealed - Jackie Bryson, Darryl Petticrew and Siobhan Weir.

All of the appointments took effect from February 1 but details were only released by the Department for Communities yesterday.

The new appointees will serve for four years.

Sport NI is tasked with encouraging participation in sport but has been hit by allegations of bullying and poor leadership in recent years.

Chief executive Antoinette McKeown was dismissed in November, a decision she said she would appeal. She had been suspended from her role in March 2015, less than two years after her appointment.

During her suspension, several grievance cases were investigated.

In April last year, the body's chairman Brian Henning and vice-chairman Ian McEvoy stepped down following months of turmoil within the organisation.

Whistleblowers first reported concerns about management and treatment of staff to the then Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure in June 2015.

In July of the same year, three civil servants were appointed to take temporary control of the organisation following the shock resignation of nine members of its board.

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