The Chief Executive of one of Northern Ireland’s oldest charities is to retire.
John Miskimmon, who has been in charge of the Northern Ireland Institute for the Disabled (NIID) since 2002 confirmed the news to colleagues this week.
The NIID Board has paid tribute to Mr Miskimmon.
Chairman, David McIlhagger said: “John was appointed Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Institute for the Disabled (NIID) in September 2002 to lead and manage the care and support services provided by the organisation in Belfast and in Bangor.
“The Board of NIID at that time had decided to develop the Stricklands site to provide a supportive environment in which people with disability could live as independently as possible.”
“The success of this project has been due to the leadership of John Miskimmon in building a team of committed individuals who have achieved recognised high standards of care and support for the residents of Stricklands Care Village.”
Mr McIlhagger said Mr Miskimmon had indicated his intention to retire several months ago and had formalised the decision at a recent meeting of the Board.
The organisation that became NIID began in 1878 the year L.A.Browne opened a mission hall in Felt Street, Donegall Road, Belfast.
Currently the NIID operates a hostel on Belfast’s Donegall Road for up to 60 homeless men requiring short-term accommodation. In Bangor Stricklands Care Village has 25 apartments and a 30-bed nursing unit to enable people withdisability to live with appropriate care and support at various life stages.
The NIID employs a combined total of around 110 people at Belfast and Bangor.
Mr Miskimmon who lives in North Down said it had been a privilege to lead the organisation through this period of significant change which enables NIID to continue to provide care and support for the most vulnerable in our society.
He said the charity’s staff had played a crucial role in the process.
He will step down on 30 June 2015.