Chair, Members and Expert Advisors wanted – Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment

The Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for advises on the implementation and development of the Architecture and the Built Environment Policy, as well as promoting the highest quality of places for all those involved in using and shaping them. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to help influence government policy and change the design of places across Northern Ireland.

Applications for the Chair, Member and Expert Advisor positions are welcome from across the community, voluntary, business or public sectors particularly from women, people with a disability, people from minority ethnic groups and young people. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme is in place for those applicants with a disability.  Continue reading

Non Executive Directors – The Utility Regulator


The Utility Regulator is the non-ministerial government department responsible for regulating the electricity and gas industries and water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland, to protect the short- and long-term interests of consumers.

The Department of Finance is seeking to appoint new members to the Board of the Utility Regulator to replace outgoing members  over the next 12 months. The terms of appointment will be for a single, non-renewable term of seven years. The expected time commitment amounts to approximately twenty days per year. The posts carry an annual remuneration of £9,712 and travel and  subsistence expenses will be paid at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.   Continue reading

First Legal Services Oversight Commissioner appointed

Mrs Marian Cree has been appointed to the positions of Legal Services Oversight Commissioner and Lay Observer. This appointment was made by the Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA, following consultation with the Lord Chief Justice.

Mrs Cree has been appointed to serve as Legal Services Oversight Commissioner for a period of three years with effect from 3 April 2017.  She will also undertake the role of Lay Observer until the new structures for handling complaints against the legal profession are fully in place. She will receive annual remuneration of £35,000.

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Legal Services Oversight Commissioner for Northern Ireland wanted.

The Department of Finance is seeking to appoint a Legal Services Oversight Commissioner for Northern Ireland.

As set out in the Legal Complaints and Regulation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (the Act), the Department of Finance, in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, is seeking to identify a person for appointment as Legal Services Oversight Commissioner (the Commissioner).

The role of Legal Services Oversight Commissioner is a newly created position. The Commissioner will have a strategic role in that they will be responsible for oversight of the complaints handling systems of the Law Society and the Council of the Bar. However, they will not have operational responsibility for dealing with individual complaints.

The Commissioner’s powers will include the power to investigate how complaints are handled by the relevant professional body, the power to set targets in relation to complaints handling, the power to require a professional body to submit plans relating to complaints handling, and the power to penalise the professional body in certain circumstances.

Please note that under the terms of the Act, the appointee must not be, and must never have been, a solicitor or barrister.  Continue reading

Non Executive Finance Director appointed to Belfast Trust

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced the appointment of a Non-Executive Finance Director to Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT). Mr. Gordon Smyth was appointed as Non-Executive Lay Director, with effect from 5 April 2016 for a period of four years.

This appointment carries a time commitment of one day per week and may involve commitment both inside and outside normal working hours. The Non-Executive Director role within the Belfast Trust attracts an annual remuneration of £7,960.  Continue reading