Regional Advisory Board Members (Northern Ireland) wanted by the National Trust

Northern Ireland’s leading conservation charity the National Trust is seeking to recruit a new member to the Northern Ireland Regional Advisory Board.

The Regional Advisory Board is a group of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life which advises and supports the Trust’s management team in Northern Ireland across a full range of conservation and business activities.   Continue reading

Board Members wanted for The Odyssey Trust Board

The Odyssey is the Landmark Millennium Project for Northern Ireland and is owned by the Odyssey Trust Company Limited (OTC), a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. The Odyssey is a unique entertainment and educational venue sited at Queen’s Quay, Belfast, comprising 3 main areas

  • The SSE Arena, which seats 10,000 people where ice hockey games, concerts, and family shows are held.
  • W5, an interactive discovery and educational centre.
  • The Pavilion, which comprises the multiplex cinema, ten pin bowling and a range of restaurants.

The OTC Board oversees and manages the investment in the Odyssey to ensure its ongoing viability and promotes its continuing development for the benefit of the people of Northern Ireland.   Continue reading

Chairperson sought by Craft NI

Craft NI is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson to its Board. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the arts, understands the benefits they bring for the individual and the wider community, who is willing to undertake the responsibilities of a Chairperson and wants to help shape the future of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland.

The Chairperson will be instrumental in helping Craft NI in its mission “To build an integrated, entrepreneurial and vibrant contemporary crafts industry in Northern Ireland, actively supported by regional and local stakeholders, that contributes increasingly to the creative, cultural and economic life of Northern Ireland.

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Members wanted for the NHS Pay Review Body

The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint one member representing Northern Ireland to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), which provides independent advice and recommendations on the pay of NHS staff paid under Agenda for Change.

You must demonstrate the ability to think strategically and to exercise judgement on complex and sensitive issues, along with the ability to analyse and interpret detailed information. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate experience in a devolved context or knowledge of the public sector workforce in Northern Ireland.

Remuneration will be £300 per meeting for a time commitment of around 15 meetings per year.

The Secretary of State for Health determines the length of appointment, which will be for up to a maximum of four years.

For more information, please visit our website:

Cabinet Office Website Link

If you require an alternative format such as Braille, large print or audio please call Alex Staples on 020 7210 2713 quoting the reference NHSPRB – A16-80.

The closing date for all applications is midday on 28th July 2016.

The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all.

Non Executive Directors Wanted:

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills invites applications for appointment to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

HEFCE has a key role to play in regulating the current Higher Education system. The Government’s recent Higher Education White Paper sets out plans to streamline the number of organisations that have a funding and regulatory role in the sector and HEFCE’s functions will be transferred to one of two new organisations, the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation. We are looking for strong corporate leadership of HEFCE during this period, to ensure that current statutory functions are successfully undertaken alongside preparations for transition to a new system, with the potential for continuing service on the board of the Office for Students.

There may be an opportunity for board members to continue to serve on the successor body to HEFCE, the Office for Students, which will, subject to Parliamentary approval, come into existence in April 2018. Such a continuation would be subject to the terms outlined below, and to satisfactory performance and to the requirement that public appointments be made on the basis of fair and open competition.   Continue reading

Commission on Flags, Identify, Culture and Tradition making the headlines before it starts work

Commissioner for Public Appointments very disappointed with lack of women members on the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition.

The Commissioner for Public Appointments has expressed her disappointment at the appointment of only 1 woman to the 13 large Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition.  She said that such an outcome ‘ is at total odds with the gender equality targets for public appointments agreed by the NI Executive in March of this year’. The Commissioner has written to First Minister and deputy First Minister expressing her concern and disappointment.

“I know that the Commission is not a regulated body under the public appointments legislation and strictly speaking the targets do not apply to appointments made to it, nevertheless it is a body of people appointed by Ministers to carry out a public role. The difference between the two types of bodies does not justify ignoring the principle of diversity and female representation set out in the Executive targets.”

The appointments to the Commission do not just reflect a lost opportunity by Ministers to implement a publicly stated commitment through action but appear to completely contradict that commitment.

The subject matter for the Commission is politically sensitive and the composition of the Commission suggests that decision making and advice in this area is best done mainly by men.  This is plainly wrong but it also presents a backward image of Northern Ireland.

I am sure that the individual members of the Commission are very able and I want to stress that I am not in any way questioning the ability of any individual appointee.  The responsibility for appointments rests with Ministers and they have set up a body that in its overall composition presents an extremely old fashioned image of a public body that runs counter to participative democracy. It is not a good image for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors:

  1. Judena Leslie was appointed Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPA NI) on 1 September 2015. The Commissioner’s role was created in 1995, in response to the first report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Its remit was to provide guidance for departments on procedures for making public appointments; to audit those procedures and report on them annually, and to investigate complaints about the appointment process.
  2. For media enquiries please contact the CPA NI Office on 028 9052 4820 or e-mail