Northern Ireland

Interim chief executive Mark Parkinson appointed at Mid and East Antrim council

AN interim chief executive has been appointed to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to replace Anne Donaghy who was suspended last year.

Mark Parkinson is expected to take up his new post next week.

Last year Ms Donaghy was placed on precautionary suspension ahead of an independent investigation into claims of bullying and harassment.

Prior to that she had been off work on sick leave.

Ms Donaghy is taking legal action against the council on disability grounds.

She is also claiming discrimination on grounds of her sex and her religious and political beliefs.

Mr Parkinson is set to begin his new role as interim chief executive on 21 February.

With a wealth of experience working in local government Mr Parkinson previously held the position of Deputy Chief Executive at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Prior to that he was the Deputy Chief Executive at Shepway District Council and served as Deputy Chief Executive at Exeter City Council.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said Mr Parkinson's appointment follows a comprehensive recruitment process overseen by the Local Government Staffing Commission.