Trustees wanted…

The National Children’s Bureau, headquarters in London and office in Belfast, is a leading national charity and a highly influential and proactive voice for all children and young people, particularly the most vulnerable.  NCB is committed to all children and young people being given equal opportunity to the education, health services and specialist care they need to be safe, secure and to reach their potential.  We specialise in working across a range of critical issues affecting the lives of millions of children with our priority areas currently focused on early years, special education needs and disability, health and social care and education and learning.

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Commissioners sought by the NI Human Rights Commission

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland invites applications for appointment to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. A number of Commissioner positions, will become vacant in September 2017 when the terms of office of the current members expire. Membership of the NIHRC is a challenging and rewarding opportunity

Key responsibilities:

All Commissioners will be expected to:

  • Ensure the Commission fulfils its functions in accordance with its statutory remit as defined in legislation.
  • Act in a way that promotes high standards of public finance, including the promotion of regularity, propriety and value for money;
  • Ensure that the Commission’s activities are conducted in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Ensure that strategies are developed for meeting the Commission’s overall objectives in accordance with Government’s policies and priorities and the wider context.
  • Monitor the Commission’s performance to ensure that it fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.
  • Ensure that the Commission’s control, regulation and monitoring of its activities ensure value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety.
  • Appoint the Director should this vacancy arise and ensure that his/her performance is regularly assessed against clear objectives and targets.
  • Attend Commission meetings regularly.
  • Act as representatives of the Commission as required, e.g. at events, seminars or other functions

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Board Members wanted at Women’s Aid Federation

Women’s Aid Federation Board Northern Ireland is  seeking to appoint new members to ensure we have the capacity and skills to oversee the next phase of our work; we are seeking members with a broad range of skills and are particularly interested in individuals with experience of policy and/or lobbying, finance/accountancy, marketing and work at senior/board level in the third sector.  The roles are unpaid voluntary positions. Reasonable expenses are paid.

We ask that Board members are able to attend board meetings, and participate in the life of the organisation between board meetings, advising the staff team and acting in an ambassadorial role for the organisation. Board meetings are currently held each month ( excluding January & July) in Belfast on a Saturday morning. Positions are advertised for a period of 3 years (term may be renewed).  Continue reading

Trustees wanted at W5

The Department for Communities is seeking to appoint 2 Trustees to the Board of W5 – one Education Specialist and one Science Specialist. Further information on the competition including the criteria for these positions can be found in the Candidate Information Booklet.


The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 17 February 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a completed application form and
  • equal opportunities monitoring form

to or by post to

Public Appointments Unit
Department for Communities
Level 5
Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street

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Interested in being a College Governor

Need a new challenge? Very shortly there will be two vacancies on the Belfast Met Governing Body.  The vacancies arise because two co-opted governors have come to the end of their second term of office.  Accordingly, it is the intention of the Governing Body to interview prospective governors with a view to identifying two outstanding candidates with a professional skill set in either Finance or HR.

As recognised in the Skills Barometer for Northern Ireland, the Further Education sector has a significant contribution to make in developing the skills pipeline which will prove essential in supporting business drive growth and prosperity.  Belfast Met has a particular role to play in ‘Leading the City to Work’ and is hugely ambitious in supporting our learners realise their potential and delivering against the Department for the Economy / Programme for Government’s strategic outcomes.

Belfast Met is the 10th largest FE & HE College in the UK: a £60M turnover business, spread across four main campuses, and with 1,100 staff supporting over 28,600 enrolments annually.  The College has successfully transformed itself in a relatively short space of time from being perceived as a once failing college facing ‘special measures’ to a multi-award winning college.  But we remain ambitious to go ‘from good to great’.  More details can be found on the Belfast Met website   Continue reading

Appointments sought for the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) College Advisory Group

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is seeking to appoint 4 members to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) College Advisory Group to represent the following sectors:

  • Finance
  • Environment
  • Red Meat
  • Agri-food Business Development

The CAFRE College Advisory Group provides advice at a strategic and operational level to the CAFRE Management Team.

  • Remuneration: daily remuneration of £220, appropriate care of dependants (including childcare costs) and travel expenses will be paid.
  • Period of appointment and commencement date: these are 3 year appointments starting from 1st January 2017
  • Time commitment: the Group meets up to 6 times per year for full days at various CAFRE locations.
  • Regulated by CPA NI: No
  • Closing date: the closing date for applications is 4.00 pm on Friday 04 November 2016.

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Chair, Vice-Chair and Members to the Board of Sport NI

The Department of Communities is seeking to appoint a Chair, Vice-Chair and up to 3 Members to the Board of Sport NI.

Sport NI

Sport NI’s mission is to lead sports development at all levels producing more participants and more winners. It works with partner organisations to ensure that sport contributes to a united community, and that people and athletes are provided with the conditions to enjoy, engage and excel in sport.

  • remuneration:The Chair position attracts remuneration of £280 per day, plus travel and subsistence allowances in line with Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.The Vice-Chair position attracts remuneration of £3,500 per year, plus travel and subsistence allowances in line with Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.Board Member appointments are unpaid. However, travel and subsistence allowances will be payable in line with Northern Ireland Civil Service rates. The time commitment required for all Board Members is at least 24 days per year.
  • period of appointment: up to 4 years commencing from 01 December 2016
  • The Chair position will require an initial commitment of 8 days per month, which may be subject to review.The Vice-Chair position will require a commitment of approximately 30 days per year.The Board Member positions will require a commitment of at least 24 days per year.
  • regulated by CPA NI: yes
  • closing date: noon on Friday 30 September 2016

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Extensions to Charity Commissioners appointments

Minister Givan announces Charity Commission for Northern Ireland extension to Commissioner appointments

Minister for Communities Paul Givan MLA has announced the extension of the appointments of Geraldine Donaghy and Brenda Maitland to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) Board.

The appointments of Ms Donaghy and Ms Maitland, who have each served three-year terms as Commissioners of the CCNI Board, have been extended to 31 December 2016.

The CCNI was established as the regulator of charities operating in Northern Ireland following the enactment of the Charities (Northern Ireland) Act 2008.

Minister Givan paying tribute to Ms Donaghy and Ms Maitland, said: “I understand that both Commissioners have made a very valuable contribution to the work of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. Their expertise and accumulated knowledge will be invaluable to the Commission going forward. I would like to thank Ms Donaghy and Ms Maitland for their service and dedication to date and wish them both well for their future period as Commissioners.”   Continue reading

Chair sought for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts Minister Paul Givan MLA is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson of the Board of Arts Council NI.

Expressions of interest are welcome from applicants with an interest in serving the arts sector, including individuals who have not previously held positions in this area.

The Minister said: “This is an opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the arts and who understands the benefits they bring to help shape the future of the arts in Northern Ireland. I would encourage anyone with the required commitment, enthusiasm, skills and experience to apply for this position.

Minister Givan is encouraging women, ethnic minorities, young people and people with disabilities to apply. He said: “I would also encourage women, members of ethnic minorities, young people and people with a disability to apply so that the Arts Council board is representative of our diverse society.”   Continue reading