Extension of the mandate of the NI Screen Chair


Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced an extension of the tenure of NI Screen President Dame Rotha Johnston.

Extension of the mandate of the NI Screen Chair

Dame Rotha Johnston’s tenure has been extended from July 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

This extension was made in accordance with the code of good practice published by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Northern Ireland.

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  • Rotha Johnston took up her role as President in June 2013. A graduate of Queen’s University, Ms. Johnston has had a career in the textile, economic development and food industries. She currently holds various investment interests mainly in the real estate sector.
  • In addition, Rotha holds a number of non-executive positions, including that of Chairman of Northern Ireland Electricity and member of the Advisory Board of KPMG NI. Rotha is also director of Qubis and Ulster Garden Villages.
  • Previously, she was a shareholder and director of Variety Foods Ltd, a catering company serving the Irish market; Head of Marketing at Moygashel Textiles, Member of Lamont Holdings and Director of Business Development, LEDU.
  • Rotha has also served as BBC Trustee, Pro Chancellor at Queen’s University Belfast and Vice President of Invest Northern Ireland.
  • In 2006 she received the CBE in recognition of her contribution to industry in Northern Ireland and in 2016 was named Dame. She does not hold any other public office.

2. Northern Ireland Screen (NI Screen), is a non-ministerial public body (NDPB) of the Department of the Economy and is funded under the Order of the Screen Commission of Northern Ireland (funding) ( Northern Ireland) 2020.

3. The role of NI Screen is to maximize the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries for the benefit of Northern Ireland. Its mission is to accelerate the development of a vibrant and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland.

4. The number of current members is 12 (president and 11 members).

5. All appointments are made on merit and political activity does not play a role in the selection process. However, the Public Appointments Commissioner for Northern Ireland requires that the political activity of appointees (if any declared) be published. Dame Rotha Johnston has not been politically active for the past five years.

6. The Department of the Economy will launch a new competition in September to appoint a new president in accordance with the Northern Ireland Public Appointments Commissioner (CPANI) Code of Practice.

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