Ilex chief to quit

ILEX chief executive Aideen McGinley. (2202PG21)
ILEX chief executive Aideen McGinley. (2202PG21)

Ilex chief Aideen McGinley is to quit the company, it’s been revealed.

Dr McGinley, the company’s chief executive for the past three years, has accepted the position of BBC Trustee for Northern Ireland and will leave Derry’s urban regeneration company later this year.

She took up the post of Ilex Chief Executive in September 2009 on secondment from the Northern Ireland Civil Service which was scheduled to terminate later this year.

Matt McNulty, interim Chairman of Ilex, paid tribute to Dr. McGinley’s work: “On behalf of the Ilex Board, I thank Aideen for the enormous contribution she has made to the city during her three years in Ilex, a period which has seen the awarding of UK City of Culture 2013, the publication of the One Plan, the opening of the Peace Bridge and Ebrington Square, and the development of the Science Park at Fort George.

“Aideen has campaigned unceasingly to advance the cause of Derry-Londonderry and her thinking has enriched every aspect of regeneration as represented by the One Plan. She will continue to be an advocate for the city and in helping to achieve all its ambitions.”

The Board of Ilex, together with its sponsoring departments OFMDFM and DSD, is expected to shortly initiate the process to appoint Dr. McGinley’s replacement.

Earlier this year, Dr. McGinley admitted Ilex made mistakes while spending public money.

She made the comments while being questioned by MLAs at Stormont’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Ilex had been criticised for spending more than £400,000 without proper government approval and paying unauthorised bonuses to a former CEO.

Dr McGinley said the company had got things wrong and would put them right.