Saturday, 10 October 2009
'Arms Length' Departmental Bodies
The way that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure was set up it has more arms-length bodies than any other department. They include the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Sport NI,
National Museums city=""> Northern Ireland country-region=""> place="">, Northern Ireland Library Authority and Northern Ireland Screen, as well as some smaller bodies. Each of them has its own board and its own chief executive and so I have also decided to hold bi-monthly meetings with the chairs and chief-executives of the main arms-length bodies.
Departmental officials already hold formal accountability meetings with all these bodies but these meetings are intended to be more thematic and in each case I have put a ‘shared and better future’ high on the agenda at the first meeting.
The meetings will ensure that I have regular personal contact with the lead agency in each area of my remit and good regular communication is extremely important. I have already met some of the chairs and chief executives for a first meeting and it was most encouraging to hear them say that they too valued this regular contact.
Posted by Nelson McCausland MLA at 18:27