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Sir David Sterling KCB joins Board of NIE Networks 

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18 Sep 2023

Sir David Sterling, KCB, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited (NIE Networks).

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Sir David is the former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) where he led 23,000 staff following promotion to the role in June 2017 until his retirement in August 2020. He served in a variety of senior roles for the NICS including as Senior Finance Director in the Department of Regional Development (DRD), Permanent Secretary in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and Permanent Secretary in the Department of Finance. 

Sir David joins the three existing Non-Executive Directors: Rotha Johnston DBE (Chair), Keith Jess and Alan Bryce and the Executive Directors Derek Hynes, Managing Director, and Gordon Parkes, Executive Director, People & Culture.

Rotha Johnston, NIE Networks’ Chair, said “We are delighted to welcome Sir David to the Board of NIE Networks.  David brings a wealth of experience in terms of his background in managing large organisations and serving the people of Northern Ireland, and I am confident he will make a great contribution to the Company, helping it to meet the needs of our customers and the Northern Ireland economy and society.”

David’s other current non-executive roles include chairing the Board of the Chief Executives’ Forum and of the Northern Ireland Screen Commission. He is a Board member of Ulster Wildlife Trust, the Centre for Cross-Border Studies and Women in Business NI Ltd. He is a Governor of the Irish Times Trust. He is an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. 

Sir David was awarded a Knighthood (KCB) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.