Non Executive Chair and Executive Council Members – Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board

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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is seeking to appoint a non-executive chair and three non-executive district council members to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) with effect from 1st September 2015.

Appointment to the Chair position will be made from (a) those found to be appointable in the previous competition (NIFRS 1/14) and (b) those who meet the criteria and are found to be appointable after interview in the current competition (NIFRS 1/15).

The NIFRS Board is responsible for ensuring that the Fire and Rescue Service fulfils its statutory obligations. This includes providing overall strategic direction of the Fire and Rescue Service, having due regard to the policy and resources framework agreed with the Department; ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times; operating within the statutory authority and within the limits of its delegated authority agreed with the Department, as well as in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and overseeing the achievement of performance objectives, agreed with the Department, by monitoring performance against agreed targets.

Non-Executive District Council Representative Members – must be elected District Councillors at the date of appointment.

Essential Criteria for all applicants
The non-executive chair and non-executive district council members require no specific formal qualifications however all applicants must meet the following four essential criteria:

Business Sense; Corporate Governance; Stakeholder Engagement; Self Awareness and Personal Contribution.

Additional criteria for Chair Post

Applicants for the non-executive chair post must meet the following additional criteria: leadership.

Applicants can apply for one or more category of membership.

Chair Remuneration £25,701

Time Commitment 2.5 – 3 days per week

District council member remuneration £5,962

Time Commitment 3 days per month

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is committed to encouraging a diverse range of applicants for public appointments and to the principle of appointment on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds regardless of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.

Applications are particularly welcome from those from a Catholic background, women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities as these groups are currently underrepresented on the NIFRS Board.

Please visit the Department’s website at for more information about Public Appointments.

Further information and an application form are available at:-
Telephone: 028 9052 3232
Textphone: 028 9052 8623 (for use by those with hearing difficulties)
Fax: 028 9052 8403
Write to: DHSSPS Public Appointments, Room D1, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SQ.
Closing Date
The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00noon on Thursday 19th February 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.
Information Packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants who require assistance will be facilitated on request. Applicants invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses.