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David Hilditch your East Antrim MLA was born in Larne in July 1963 and was educated at Carrickfergus Grammar School.  After leaving school he began working in the building and construction industry.  He then went on to work in Royal Mail and was based in Carrickfergus.

 

David entered local government in 1991, winning the local by-election for the Castle district electoral area.    He served as Deputy Mayor from 1994 to 1996.  From 1997 to 1998 he was elected to Alderman and Mayor, a position he was elected to again in 2004 and which he kept until June 2008.  He has been a leading figure in the campaign for the £8 million refurbishment of the Carrickfergus Leisure Centre and supports the ongoing regeneration schemes for the east Antrim area.

 

David was first elected as an MLA in 1998 at this time he was the first East Antrim Democratic Unionist Politician to be selected and he was later joined in 2003 by Sammy Wilson.  He is currently the Vice Chair of the Audit Committee,  a member of the Culture Arts and Leisure Committee and from October 2012 he will also sit on the Employment and Learning Committee.  During previous mandates he sat on the Education, Standards and Privileges, Finance and Personnel and the Social Development Committees.

 

The Audit Committee's role is to scrutinize the accounts of the Northern Ireland Audit Office.  The Culture Arts and Leisure Committee has the responsibility to scrutinize issues in relation to arts and creativity, sport and leisure, inland waterways, public libraries and museums, language diversity, public records office, national lottery distribution and ordnance survey.  "I have always had a keen interest in all sports and I understand the importance of sports and its promotion to young people".  The Employment and Learning Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department for Employment and Learning and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation.

 

David is:

Director of Carrickfergus Development Company

Director of the Causeway Coast and Glens Regional Tourism Partnership

Forum Member of Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau Regional Tourism Partnership

Executive Member of the Walled Towns Friendship Circle

David has a keen interest in sports and in particular promoting sports to young people.  David has been the Director of Carrick Rangers Football Club since 2000 and is a founder of Carrickfergus Youth Development Centre.

David has a Royal Ulster Constabulary Commendation - following a Post Office Robbery in 1997 in Carrickfergus.  He works closely with the local community groups, associations and sports clubs.  He has been a keen fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice for many years.  He is the Secretary LOL No.787 and Registrar RBP No 17.