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New Senior Commissioner Appointed to PAC

Published on Thu, 15 Feb 2007
Mr Andrew Speirs has been appointed as a Senior Commissioner to the Planning Appeals Commission.The appointment will take effect from 12 February 2007.
Mr Andrew Speirs has been appointed as a Senior Commissioner to the Planning Appeals Commission.
The appointment was made by the Secretary of State, the Right Honourable Peter Hain, MP.
The appointment is permanent and pensionable, attracting remuneration within the range £46,915-£54,464 per annum, and takes effect from 12 February 2007.
Mr Speirs is not engaged in any political activity and does not hold any other public appointments.

Notes to Editors:

The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is an independent appeals body established under the Planning (NI) Order 1991 to decide a wide range of appeals against decisions of the Department of Environment’s Planning Service and to report on various matters under planning and other legislation.  
PAC comprises 21 full-time Commissioners, including the Chief Commissioner and Deputy Chief Commissioner.
The Senior Commissioner post was filled by means of an internal competition. The suitability of candidates was considered by a selection panel, which included an independent assessor, in accordance with the procedures required by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.  The final decision on the appointment rested with the Secretary of State.

Biographical Details

Mr Speirs, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, has a BSc Degree in Environmental Science, an MSc in Town and Country Planning and a Diploma in Organisation and Manpower Studies.  He joined the Planning Appeals Commission in 2002 as a Commissioner, and prior to that held positions in the Department of Environment’s Planning Service and in Clydesdale and Monmouth District Councils.
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