Board Members wanted:

The Department for Infrastructure is seeking to appoint two Members to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA).

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 2014 accounts for Warrenpoint Harbour showed a turnover of £5 million and an operating profit of £785,444.  The fixed assets of the company were valued at £29 million.


Board Members have corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Harbour complies with all relevant statutory or administrative requirements including requirements in respect of the use of public funds.  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 post.  Applicants for the post are expected to demonstrate, by way of an example or examples, that they meet five out of the seven criteria listed below.  Applicants must complete criteria 1, 2, 3 and 4 and, one criterion chosen from criteria 5, 6 or 7.  The criteria are all of equal weight.

  1. Relevant Experience: In accordance with the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Order (Northern Ireland) 2002, members of the Board of WHA are appointed from among persons who appear to the Minister to have had wide experience of, and to have shown capacity in one or more of:
  • the management of harbours;
  • shipping;
  • port usage;
  • industrial, commercial or financial matters;
  • administration;
  • the organisation of workers; or
  • have in some other respect special knowledge or experience which would be of value to the Commissioners in the discharge of their functions;
  • such special knowledge or experience includes: 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.
  1. Governance, Control and Accountability
  2. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  3. Judgement and Decision Making
  4. Financial Management
  5. Developing and Delivering Strategy
  6. Organisational Change

For this competition, applications would be particularly welcome from candidates with experience in financial management and contract negotiation/management.

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

The appointment will be effective from 1 November 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 current remuneration is approximately £7,117 per annum based on anticipated attendance of one to two business days per month.  The new Board member will be expected to attend 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:

Public Appointments Unit
Department for Infrastructure
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

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 Closing Date

 Completed forms can either be posted, faxed, emailed or hand-delivered, to arrive at the above address by 12 Noon on Friday 22 July 2016.

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 beginning of October 2016.

Equality of Opportunity

The Department for Infrastructure 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 dependants. Applications from women are particularly welcome.