NI Human Rights Chief Commissioner to step down next year

The BBC reports that Monica McWilliams, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission [NIHRC], 2009 total operating costs £1,766,407, is to step down next August – 1 year earlier than planned.  Presumably this year’s budget is already in place?

The BBC report notes

News of [Monica McWilliams’] early departure comes as the Northern Ireland Office seeks 25% funding cuts and blocks additional funding from a US-based charity.

That would be Atlantic Philanthropies who provided £110,000 additional funding for NIHRC’s campaign for their preferred version of a NI Human Rights Bill.