Board Members sought for the Utility Regulator – Northern Irealnd

The Utility Regulator is responsible for regulating the electricity and gas industries and water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland and protecting the short and long-term interests of consumers.

The Department of Finance and Personnel is seeking to appoint at least two new members to the Board of the Utility Regulator with effect from 1 October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The terms of appointment will be for five years and, subject to satisfactory performance, may be extended for a second term.  The expected time commitment amounts to approximately twenty days per year.  The posts carry an annual remuneration of £9,616 and travel and subsistence expenses will be paid at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

The Utility Regulator intends to recommend the appointment of one of its suitably experienced non-executive directors to the all Ireland Single Electricity Market Committee (SEMC). SEMC is a statutory committee of both the Utility Regulator and the Commission for Energy Regulation and is responsible for regulating and developing the all-island wholesale electricity market.

The extra time commitment for this role amounts to a further 20 days per year, with SEMC meetings held alternatively in Belfast and Dublin. Should you be appointed to this position you will be remunerated separately for that role in accordance with the terms and conditions of that appointment.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • At least 5 years senior level experience in either:
    • a regulated electricity utility or generatorand have an understanding of electricity markets; or
    • a regulated company from another utility sector, such as water, railways or telecommunications.
  • Experience of setting the strategic direction for an organisation;
  • Experience of delivering results and engaging people; and
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of corporate governance and an understanding of the role of a non-executive director.

How to Apply – Email:

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW.

Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC202680

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc.  All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 24th July 2015. 

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within Europe.  It is anticipated that interviews will be held in late August to early September 2015.

Equality of Opportunity:  The Department is committed to the principle 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, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.

As women and those with disabilities are under represented on the board, applications from these sections of the community would be particularly welcome.