The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has appointed Mr Bill Cargo as a non-executive board member (NEBM) to the Departmental Board.
Each NI department is required to have an effective departmental board which provides leadership for the department's business, helping it to operate effectively. The board supports senior officials in directing the business of the department in as effective and efficient way as possible and plays a particularly important role in supporting the Principal Accounting Officer in discharging her obligations as set out in Managing Public Money Northern Ireland.
NEBMs bring external perspectives and experiences and provide invaluable support and constructive challenge to executive members in their role to ensure that the Board's business is discharged effectively.
Mr Cargo is a retired Chartered Engineer with over 30 years' experience of asset management with significant commercial experience delivering large scale projects. He has many years of board-level experience including regulation, management of essential energy infrastructure, with a special interest in risk management systems and operational resilience. He is also a non-executive director of Northern Ireland Utility Regulator.
Mr Cargo's appointment, which is for three years and commenced on 1 September 2023, increases the number of NEBMs on the DAERA Departmental Board to three and strengthens further the skills base.