Minister Announces Extension To Board Of Ulster Supported Employment Limited

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has announced an extension to the appointment of Mr Brian McMurray to the Board of Ulster Supported Employment Limited (USEL).

The extension takes effect from 1 January 2012 for a period of one year. Mr McMurray was appointed in January 2006 and re-appointed 1 January 2009.

USEL is a Non-Departmental Public Body which was established in 1962 under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act (NI) 1945 to provide employment for severely disabled people. The Department for Employment and Learning is the sponsoring department for USEL.

USEL has a manufacturing operation in North Belfast which produces bedding and industrial sewing and employs over 60 people, most of whom have a disability. USEL also operates a number of employment programmes on behalf of the Department. These programmes include Employment Support, Workable (NI) and Steps to Work.

Mr Brian McMurray has been involved as a Chief Executive in several major private sector companies - most notably Rank Hovis McDougall, Courtaulds Textiles, Moygashel Linens and latterly Abbicoil Springs. Mr McMurray is the Director of Action Mental Health and Chairman of Roe Valley Enterprise Agency.

He also holds one public appointment as a Non-Executive Director of Business Services Organisation.

Mr McMurray was previously a Non-Executive Director of the former Causeway Trust and a Business Mentor with Invest Northern Ireland.


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