Ex-police chief on pay review panel

Alan McQuillan, from the Assests Recovery Agency, during Mondays workshop in the Lodge hotel, organised by the Organised Crime task Force.
Alan McQuillan, from the Assests Recovery Agency, during Mondays workshop in the Lodge hotel, organised by the Organised Crime task Force.
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A retired senior police commander in Derry is one of three members on a new independent panel that will review MLAs’ salaries.

Former PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Alan McQuillan joins ex-Chief Medical Officer Dr Henrietta Campbell and Patrick McCartan, current chair of the Belfast Health Trust, on the body that will also examine pension entitlements and allowance payments for the 108 Assembly members.

The Independent Financial Review Panel, which will be headed up by Mr McCartan was appointed by the Assembly Commission. It will look at the current £43,000 annual salary paid to MLAs.

The three panellists will serve a five year term on a part-time basis. The chair will be paid £380 a day/£47.50 an hour while the two other members will receive £320 a day/£40 per hour.

Mr McQuillan left the police in 2003 and went on to head up the Assets Recovery Agency ahead of its merger with the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2007. He is now an independent management and security consultant.