Sir Malcolm McKibbin is to join the board of Co-operation Ireland following his recent retirement.
Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland has announced that Sir Malcolm McKibbin, former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service will join the main Board of the organisation on 26th September 2017.
Sir Malcolm who was the most senior advisor to the former First and Deputy First Ministers for Northern Ireland, was also secretary to the Northern Ireland Executive. More recently Sir Malcolm has been chairing the talks process between the various political parties in Northern Ireland in an attempt to re-establish devolution.
Making the announcement, Dr Moran said, “Sir Malcolm brings a wealth of experience to Co-operation Ireland and his skills complement those of other board members such former Taoiseach, John Bruton and former First Minister, Peter Robinson.
“As Co-operation Ireland continues to play a leading role in the development and sustaining of Anglo-Irish relations, as well nurturing cross-community relations within Northern Ireland and building confidence and linkages across the island of Ireland; it is important that we are able to avail of the expertise of Sir Malcolm in order to provide continued strategic direction for the organisation.”
Sir Malcolm said he was delighted to be invited to join the board of Co-operation Ireland, as it was an organisation that he admired very much. He also said “I think the work of Co-operation Ireland is crucial at this stage especially given the challenges that both Brexit and the current stalemate at Stormont present across the island of Ireland and between the UK and Ireland. I look forward to serving Co-operation Ireland under the stewardship of Dr Christopher Moran and the leadership of its CEO, Peter Sheridan.”
Concluding Dr Moran said, ‘This is a very positive development for Co-operation Ireland as we embark on a challenging programme of initiatives and programmes aimed at enhancing relationships within Northern Ireland, across Ireland and between the UK and Ireland. In fact it’s an inspiring move for the organisation and for all my colleagues at both board and executive level.”