McKenzie tells watchdog he resigned “to get their attention”

A number of people have been asking where the watchdog Consumer Council has been during the whole debacle over the period of upheaval at Board level in NI Water… Sam McBride has an interesting series of emails in which their chief executive expresses her own personal support for Laurence McKenzie… Some of it throws a rather different light on McKenzie’s motivation for resigning: …on the morning of January 22, 2010, two days after Mr MacKenzie withdrew his resignation as NI …

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Did McKenzie mislead the Public Accounts Committee?

UTV last night revealed that Laurence McKenzie (ie, not the sacked Board) had similar procurement problems at NIE: London consultants PKF were asked by the Utility Regulator to investigate the failings. PKF examined just 12 projects commissioned by NIE over a three-year period ending last January. Further they note (PKF Report) that under MacKenzie “Competitive tendering is the exception rather than the norm” in inside NIE. And yet in a direct answer to Dawn Purvis at the last meeting of …

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NI Water: Board prevented from acting on contents of Internal Audit?

The Coalition government at Westminster clearly attach great public importance to Non Executive Directors on Departmental Boards. On his appointment as lead Non Executive Director to the Government, Lord Browne of Madingley laid out this description of the role of NEDs to departmental boards: “This is a role within Government but also independent of it. Its purpose is to assist in the delivery of policy using relevant experience from business. There is a great need for the best of the …

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DRD and NI Water officials told not to co-operate with UTV…

Slugger understands that UTV have been taking a very close interest in the NI Water story about the sacked non executives, possibly for a documentary programme in the late summer, and before the next scheduled meeting of the PAC. Now it seems that officials in DRD, headed up by Conor Murphy’s Permanent Secretary, Paul Priestly and NI Water, headed up by CEO Laurence McKenzie (‘They tell me I’m being autocratic – I say – get used to it”), have been …

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