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Carmel McKinney OBE profile


Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Carmel is a highly accomplished strategic and operational leader. She is a former school principal and has chaired two large public sector organisations within Education.  In 2015 she was appointed as the first female chairperson of NIFRS.  Carmel has won numerous awards for her leadership and management including runner up in the 2017 Guardian Public Services Awards for Leadership Excellence. Carmel is savvy and resilient with extensive experience as a non-executive director and leader.


Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) serves the entire population of Northern Ireland, an area of over 5,500 square miles, with a population of 1.81 million, providing them with a range of fire and rescue services.


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