Over 100 Board Vacancies coming up

The Central Appointments Unit have released  Issue 23 of “All Aboard”.

The document (link below) outlines over 100 Board Vacancies that will arise across the Public Sector in Northern Ireland over the coming 6 months. The vacancies are include Education, Regulation, Health, Justice, Investment, Sport, Judicial, Arts, Charities, Consumer rights, Equality, Harbours, Employment and Safeguarding.

All Aboard Issue 23

Appointments made to the General Teaching Council for NI

The Department of Education has announced the appointment of four new members to the General Teaching Council for NI (GTCNI). The appointments were made in accordance with the principles and practices of the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

In making the appointments, the Minister for Education John O’Dowd said: “The skills and experience of these individuals will assist the General Teaching Council in moving forward during this challenging period.”      

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Appointments extended for two members of the CCEA

The Department of Education has today announced the extension of the terms of appointment of two CCEA Board members.

The following members’ terms of office have been extended until 30 September 2016.

Michelle Crilly has been a member of the Council since 2006. A former lecturer and Director of Education at Queen’s University Belfast, she brings to her current role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of higher education and of audit and risk management. She does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

John Wilkinson OBE has also been a member of the Council since 2006. Awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to education, he is a former Principal of Dromore High School and brings to his current role considerable experience, skills and knowledge of the education system and of audit and risk management. He does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

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Appointments made to the Board of AFBI

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Board of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

They are Dr Michelle Costello-Smith, Theresa Cullen, Fiona Hanna, Dr Richard Horton, Joan Houston, Sharon Smyth and Richard Solomon. Their appointments will be effective from 1 April 2016 for a term of three years.     Continue reading

Appointments made to the Northern Ireland Policing Fund

Justice Minister David Ford has today announced the appointment of a new Chairperson and two Board members of the Northern Ireland Police Fund.

They are:

Chairperson: Dr Michael Wardlow
Board members: Mr Daniel Anderson & Ms Kelly Robinson

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Board Members wanted for Victims Support NI


Victim Support NI is a voluntary organisation which helps people affected by crime. It provides a free and confidential service and each year, Victim Support NI offers help to over 55,000 people who have been affected by crime.

The organisation offers practical and emotional support through its Community service for those trying to deal with being a victim of crime. The Witness Service takes witnesses, victims and their families through the court procedure when involved in a criminal trial.  Continue reading

Executive agreement to set targets for achieving greater gender diversity in public appointments

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have welcomed Executive agreement to set targets for greater gender diversity in public appointments.

Ministers have agreed challenging targets for achieving gender equality in public appointments as part of a package of measures to broaden involvement of under-represented group in public life.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I recognise that some sections of our society in Northern Ireland are currently under-represented on the boards of public bodies. It is important on International Women’s Day to reaffirm the Executive’s commitment to achieving greater diversity in public appointments, consistent with the overall principle of selection on merit.

“We agree with the Commissioner for Public Appointments that action is needed to increase participation among key groups and this agreement represents a clear commitment to delivery from the Northern Ireland Executive.”

The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “I strongly believe public bodies can only benefit from a range of views, experiences and background among those who lead them.

“I am confident these targets, combined with a range of initiatives aimed at encouraging participation rates of under-represented groups will not only make public bodies more representative of our community, but also make them more effective in their respective roles.

“In the week of the Assembly’s Women’s Week which aims to highlight the need for more women in politics and public life, I fully endorse the Executive’s shared determination to deliver meaningful change and practical action to increase diversity.”

Ministers agreed to a range of initiatives to help address the current imbalance, not only for women but for other under-represented groups. Targets have been set to achieve gender equality by 2017/18 for in year appointments, and by 2020/21 for all other appointments.

Other measures include identifying obstacles to participation, reviewing the culture of boards to ensure inclusivity, looking at remuneration levels and examining the ongoing need for statutory nominations.

Further research is also planned into examining participation rates of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and young people.


OFMDFM, in conjunction with other departments, is actively taking forward the recommendations in the previous Commissioner’s report “Under representation and lack of diversity in public appointments” in 2014. The actions agreed by the Executive will assist in delivery on some of these key recommendations.

DEL Minister calls for applications for College Chairperson

Referring to the recent public appointments competition which is seeking a new Chair for the Governing Body of South Eastern Regional College, the Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “I am pleased with the level of interest shown to date and would like to thank everyone who has requested information on this opportunity.”

“As the competition remains open, I would continue to encourage people across Northern Ireland with an interest in supporting the development of education and skills in their communities to consider putting themselves forward for appointment.”

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Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition


Are you interested in playing an important role in building a united and shared community?

The Stormont House Agreement (SHA) commits to establishing a Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition, consisting of 15 individuals, which will report within 18 months of its being established. The establishment of the Commission marks another key milestone in embedding the peace that has been built up over more than a decade and presents a unique opportunity to take a fresh approach to dealing with the complexities of flags, identity, culture and tradition.

The five main Party Leaders wish to appoint 8 members to the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition and invite expressions of interest from a range of sectors across the community. Sectors could include, but are not limited to: Academia, Community, Churches, Local Government, Business, Tourism, Trade Unions, Minority Ethnic Groups and Mediation. The remaining membership will be made up of political appointments. There will be an Independent Chair and Co-Chair which will be identified from the list of nominees.

There will be a commitment of 3 days (6 half days) per month with the expectation that a proportion of the Commission’s work will take place during evenings and weekends.

Additional days may be agreed if necessary. Additional days may also be required for the Chair and Co-Chair roles. Remuneration will be a per diem rate of £300 plus travel and subsistence costs

Location: Belfast with extensive domestic travel to engage with stakeholders across the community

To apply please go to www.nicsrecruitment.gov.uk and apply online.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW.

Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.

Email: recruitment@hrconnect.nigov.net

Closing date 12.00noon (UK time) on Friday 15th January 2016

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC206222

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc. All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants with a disability.

Information Booklet Commission FICT






Chair wanted for the Governing Body of South Eastern Regional College

Want to Make a Difference in a Challenging Environment?

The Department for Employment and Learning has a vacancy for the following public appointment: Chair of the Governing Body of South Eastern Regional College.

 This challenging and exciting role will provide you with the opportunity to play a major part in contributing to the development of a dynamic, vibrant further education sector in Northern Ireland. Further education is recognised as central to delivering Northern Ireland’s vision of a buoyant economy. People with a wide range of skills, experience and backgrounds who currently are, or have been, engaged or employed in business, industry or any profession are encouraged to apply.

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