Chair – Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

The Department for Regional Development is seeking to appoint a Chair to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

Warrenpoint is a Public Trust Port. The Port was established in 1971 and in general cargo terms, is the second port in Northern Ireland and the fifth on the island of Ireland. The published 2013 accounts for Warrenpoint Harbour showed a turnover of £4.7 million and a profit before interest taxation of £833,000. The fixed assets of the company were valued at £26 million.

The Chair’s role will be to bring experience and judgement to bear on issues of strategy, performance, governance and executive appointments within WHA. The Chair should bring wide experience and critical detachment to the work of the organisation and be prepared to constructively challenge and assist executive management in the development of strategic objectives and policies.

Skills and Experience
No specific academic qualifications are required for the post. Applicants for the post are expected to demonstrate, by way of an example or examples, that they meet the five criteria listed below.
1. Relevant Experience in one or more of the following in accordance with the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Order (Northern Ireland) 2002:
• the management of harbours;
• shipping;
• port usage;
• industrial, commercial or financial matters;
• administration;
• the organisation of workers; or
• special knowledge or experience considered to be relevant or useful to WHA such as: logistics and estate management, marine safety, commerce and trade, human resources, management and corporate finance, planning processes, an understanding of the port’s role in the local economy and working at senior level in the local community.
2. Leadership
3. Developing and Delivering Strategy
4. Governance, Control and Accountability
5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
All candidates will be expected to have high standards of probity and integrity.
The appointment will be effective from 1 October 2015 and will run for a period of four years.

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Time Commitment and Remuneration

The remuneration is approximately £20,833 per annum based on anticipated attendance of four business days per month. Reasonable travel and subsistence costs will also be paid to attend meetings in accordance with WHA’s processes. The new Chair will be expected to attend monthly Board meetings and other adhoc meetings as required. This may involve a commitment both inside and outside of normal working hours, including representing WHA at occasional evening engagements.

For further information and an application form please contact:
Ashley McVeigh, Public Appointments Unit, Department for Regional Development, Room 512, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8GB

Tel. No. 028 9054 1049, Fax to 028 9054 0997, E-mail your request to:, Text Phone: 028 9054 0642, Text relay service 18001 028090541049

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Closing Date
Completed forms can either be posted, faxed, emailed or hand-delivered, to arrive with Ashley McVeigh at the above address by 12 Noon on Friday 22 May 2015.

The Department will not consider application forms received after this date and can accept no responsibility for lost or delayed forms. Applications must be made on the appropriate form. CVs will not be accepted and should not be attached to your application. It is expected that the successful candidate will be informed by the end of September 2015.

Equality of Opportunity
The Department for Regional Development is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependents. Applications from women are particularly welcome.