New head of regional development
A senior public spending director in Northern Ireland has been appointed to head the Department for Regional Development (DRD).
Richard Pengelly, 45, will take over as permanent secretary from the start of next year.
The father-of-three is responsible for overseeing public expenditure in Northern Ireland for the Executive. His other key responsibilities include the Performance, Efficiency and Delivery Unit, which identifies savings across the Executive.
Mr Pengelly is a former student of Grosvenor Grammar, a chartered accountant, and before joining the Department for Finance and Personnel he worked in the Northern Ireland Audit Office and in a private accounting practice.
He is a keen sportsman with interests in rugby and golf.
Mr Pengelly takes over from interim permanent secretary David Orr, who was appointed in October last year. Before him, it was Malcolm McKibbin, now head of the civil service.
In August 2010, former DRD permanent secretary Paul Priestly was investigated over issues at Northern Ireland Water.
Former regional development minister Conor Murphy said his position was untenable after a UTV programme on his role in relation to sackings of four NIW board members.