27/06/2002

NITB begin search for new chairman

The search has begun for the next chairman of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

The Board is advertising for a new chairman in local daily newspapers on Thursday and Friday as a replacement for Roy Bailie who leaves the post in December after six years.

Replacements are also being sought for deputy chairman Dame Mary Peters and board member Anne Diver.

Mr Bailie's tenure as chairman has been shrouded in controversy recently following news that the Board had run up an excessive bill on their credit card spending during a recent trip to New York.

However, while many have praised Mr Bailie's role as chairman, a DETI spokesperson confirmed that he was not being considered for the reappointment.

The new chairman can expect a salary of around £20,000 per annum for working one day a week.

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