*Closes 27th May*

The team of non-executive board members provide a key oversight role in relation to the strategic and operational leadership of the Northern Ireland Office. The non-executive team works collegiately and complements the balance of skills and experience of Ministers and senior officials by bringing independent advice, support, constructive challenge and a fresh external perspective to help shape the Department’s work.

The role of the Northern Ireland Office’s team of non-executive board members entails specific responsibilities that include:

  • Monitoring and challenging the Department’s performance in relation to its strategic objectives and commitments;
  • Active participation in the scrutiny of financial decisions, risk management, and the strategic use of resources;
  • Providing independent advice and challenge on developing and delivering new strategies, initiatives and opportunities;
  • Challenging the quality of policy making; and
  • Representing the Northern Ireland Office, as required at cross Whitehall events and functions.

Non-executive board members may also be appointed to committees of the Board, working groups, or to the Department’s Audit & Risk Committee.

All Board members should uphold the seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Person Specification

Being a non-executive board member is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. It calls for someone who can build productive and respectful relationships with fellow board members, work effectively with a wide range of individuals, and who has good negotiating skills, judgement, resilience, sensitivity and vision of a high order. They will be expected to work as part of a team and provide support, guidance, and challenge the progress and implementation of the Outcomes Delivery Plan and the use of resources.

Essential Skills 

All candidates for this challenging role will need to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of how government works, and  the devolved administration landscape.
  • An awareness of the role of the Northern Ireland Office and of the key challenges the Department is likely to face over the next 5 years.
  • Comprehensive experience at Board level, as a senior executive or non-executive board member, of a public or private sector organisation of comparable size and scale to the Department.
  • An ability to challenge constructively and bring a fresh, external view to strategic risk management and communications from a strongly commercial perspective.
  • Demonstrable understanding of economic, commercial and business considerations, and how these can influence and shape strategic and operational leadership at the corporate level.
  • Leadership of corporate change management in a commercial setting, with a strong focus on maximising organisational agility, effectiveness and resilience.
  • Productive, high-level influencing, negotiating and communication skills, and a collaborative working style, with the ability to contribute positively to future strategic planning and delivery oversight.

Additional Information

  • This competition will be used to fill two non-executive board member roles and may be used to fill any subsequent vacancies that arise over the subsequent 12 months.
  • Members will be appointed for an initial term of three years, which may be extended to a maximum total term of six years.
  • One member will also be appointed to the Department’s Audit & Risk Committee, and your interest in this will be discussed at the interview stage.
  • This is not a statutory appointment, nor does it constitute employment; however, appointees are subject to civil service rules on conduct and political activity.
  • Offices are based in London and Belfast – occasional travel may be required to either location.
Body: Northern Ireland Office
Appointing Department: Northern Ireland Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: London or Belfast – occasional travel may be required to either location
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £7,500 per annum plus expenses which will be paid at civil service rates. An additional fee of £2,500 is payable for non-executive board members who also sit on the Audit & Risk Committee
Time Requirements: Approximately 10 days per year.

How to Apply

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the principle of appointment on merit, with independent assessment, openness, and transparency of the process, and to providing equal opportunities for all.  All application summary forms, CVs and personal statements received by the closing date will be acknowledged and considered by an Advisory Assessment Panel that will include the Permanent Secretary, the Department’s lead non-executive board member, and an independent member.

The Advisory Assessment Panel will shortlist candidates to be invited to interview, and then make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who in turn may wish to meet those candidates recommended for appointment.

Applications should be sent by email to: NEBM2022@nio.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 May 2022.

For your application to be properly considered by the Advisory Assessment Panel you must return:

  • The completed application summary form, including your personal statement (no more than two sides of A4) summarising your proven ability related to the essential criteria and person specification. Your statement should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria (including what you did to achieve a specific result);
  • A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities); and
  • Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire.
Non Executive Board Member-2022-Diversity-Monitoring-Questionnaire.
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Non-Executive Board Member Candidate Information Pack

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