DRD on the search for nine Non Executive members to the Board of Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Belfast Harbour Commissioners is a Public Trust Port established by legislation. The Belfast Harbour Commissioners role is to develop, maintain and operate the Belfast Harbour to the highest standards of efficiency, financial prudence, environmental awareness, safety and security to the benefit of all stakeholders. All financial surpluses generated are reinvested to meet these responsibilities.


BHC Non-Executive Board Members have corporate responsibility for ensuring that BHC complies with all relevant statutory or administrative requirements including requirements in respect of the use of public funds. The Non-Executive Board Member’s role will be to work as a member of the Board to bring experience and judgement to bear on issues of strategy, performance and governance. Members 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 posts. Applicants for the posts are expected to demonstrate, by way of an example or examples, that they meet the criteria listed below. A menu approach has been adopted to the criteria to attract applicants with a variety of skills.

Applicants must complete all three criteria below:

  • Relevant Experience

In accordance with the Belfast Harbour Order (Northern Ireland) 2002, members of the Board of BHC are appointed from among persons who appear to the Minister to have had wide experience of, and to have shown capacity in, the management of harbours; shipping; port usage; industrial, commercial or financial matters; or to have other adequate suitable experience. For this competition, financial and accounting skills, knowledge and experience of property development, infrastructure development, asset management, project management and appraisals of major projects have been identified as being of particular value to the Commissioners.

  • Governance, Control and Accountability
  • Judgement and Decision Making

Applicants must choose and complete one critereon from the following:

  • Developing and Delivering Strategy
  • Working in Partnership
  • Financial Management

All candidates will be expected to have high standards of probity and integrity.

The appointment is effective from 1 February 2016 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 £10,150 per annum based on anticipated attendance of one to two business days per month. Non-Executive Board Members will be expected to attend the full monthly Board meetings and other adhoc meetings as required. Board meetings may vary in time commitment from month to month. This may involve a commitment both inside and outside of normal working hours, including representing the Commissioners at occasional evening engagements. Meetings are normally held in the Harbour Office, Corporation Street, Belfast, BT1 3AL.

Closing date

Completed forms can either be posted, faxed, emailed or hand-delivered, to arrive with Ashley McVeigh of at the DRD Public Appointments Unit by:

  • 12 Noon on Friday 25 September 2015

Postal address:

DRD Public Appointments Unit
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street

Telephone: 028 9054 1049
Fax: 028 9054 0997
Email: publicappointmentsunit@drdni.gov.uk

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 in January 2016.

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