General Teaching Council Northern Ireland

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Council Membership

Council Members 2016 – 2019

Mr David Canning OBE
Council Chair
Mr Paul O'Doherty
Council Vice Chair


Council Membership comprises:

  • 14 elected teachers;
  • 5 teachers appointed by the Northern Ireland Teachers' Council;
  • 10 appointments by various representative bodies with a stakehold in education; and
  • 4 appointments by the Department of Education of whom one will be representative of industry and commerce and 3 will reflect the wider public interest. 


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Elected Members

Nursery School representative

  • Joanne Burns

Special School representative

  • Paul Fitzpatrick 

Primary School representatives

  • Chris Murdock
  • Catriona Mullan
  • Grainne McAleer
  • Delma Boggs 
  • Vacant

Secondary School representatives

  • Susan Parlour
  • Raymond Beggs
  • Brendan Morgan
  • Siobhan McElhinney
  • Clive Bowles

 Primary School Principal

  • Brian McGrath

Secondary School Principal

  • Vacant

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Appointed Members

Northern Ireland Teachers' Council

  • David Canning OBE
  • Gillian Dunlop
  • Eamonn McDowell
  • Gordon White
  • Paddy McAllister

Education Authority

  • David Cargo 
  • Monica Culbert

Council for Catholic Maintained Schools

  • Paul O'Doherty
  • Malachy Crudden

Comhairle na Gaelscolaiochta

  • Áine Andrews

Governing Bodies Association

  • Mary Lou Winchborne

Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

  • Cliodhna Scott-Wills

Transferor Representatives' Council

  •  Rosemary Rainey OBE

Trustees of Catholic Maintained Schools

  • Carmel McCartan

Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

  • Dr Martin Hagan

Department of Education

  • Paul Boyle
  • Sheila Fleming
  • Vacant
  • Maria Mullally

* appointment to be reconfirmed post election 


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