AFBI Board Opportunities

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) wishes to appoint a number of members to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Board, with effect from 1 April 2015.

AFBI is a DARD Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up under the powers of the Agriculture (NI) Order 2004. It is empowered under the Order to undertake scientific work (research and development, testing, advice and information on scientific matters and dissemination of the results of scientific research) in the fields of agriculture, animal health and welfare, food, fisheries, forestry, the natural environment and rural development and enterprise. Further information about the organisation can be obtained from the AFBI website at
In accordance with the Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, in making appointments to the AFBI Board, the Department seeks to:
  1. Secure that each member has experience in a field of activity relevant to the discharge of the functions of the Institute; and
  2. As far as practicable, secure that the members of the Institute (taken together) are reflective of the community in Northern Ireland.
The Department has identified a need within the AFBI Board, for Board members who have experience of the agriculture or food sectors and/or in a commercial / business development environment.  This competition will therefore seek to appoint Board members with this particular skill set.
Closing Date: The deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on Friday 24 October 2014.  Late applications will not be accepted.
For information pack and application form:
Alternatively, you can contact the Department at:
Jonathan Doherty,
AFBI Sponsor Branch,
Room 357,
Dundonald House,
Upper Newtownards Road,
Belfast, BT4 3SB
Tel: 028 9052 5021
Fax: 028 9037 8532