Lay and Registrant Council Members wanted

The Department of Health is seeking to appoint five Council Members, 3 Registrants and 2 Lay Members, including a Vice-President, to the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. It is committed to providing equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.   

We particularly welcome applications from women, young people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities as these are currently under-represented in Non-Executive roles.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is the regulatory and professional body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland whose work is overseen by a Council comprising 14 Non-Executive Members.  It maintains a register of over 2400 pharmacists, 200 pre-registration trainees and over 500 pharmacy premises across the country.

Essential Criteria

Council Members
Applicants for the five Council Member posts must meet the following four essential criteria: Business Sense; Corporate Governance; Stakeholder Engagement; and Self Awareness and Personal Contribution.

Applicants for the Vice-President posts must also meet the following additional essential criteria: Leadership.

No Member of the Council is allowed to hold office for more than an aggregate of eight years in any twenty year period.

Council members are remunerated by an attendance fee, summarised as follows:

Position Meetings up to 4 hours duration Meetings over 4 hours duration Training and induction days (any length)
President/ Chair of the Council £168 £335 £168
Vice-President/Council Member £118 £235 £118

Additionally, travel expenses are paid in accordance with expenses guidelines.

A comprehensive induction session will be provided to successful applicants in October 2018.

Further information and an application form available below.


Telephone:  028 9076 5606

Write to:      DoH Public Appointments Unit, Room D1, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SQ.

Closing Date

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 3 May 2018.  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.