Appointment of school governors

The Department of Education (DE) invites applications for school governor positions.

The role of the Board of Governors is to manage the school with a view to providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all of the pupils.

  • remuneration: none
  • period of appointment: up to four years
  • time commitment: varies depending on school requirements
  • regulated by CPA NI: no

Governors have a wide range of managerial responsibilities and play a central role in the planning, development, monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of school life.   Continue reading

Become a School Governor

The Department of Education is currently undertaking the reconstitution of School Boards of Governors, which takes place every 4 years. New applications are welcome from candidates wishing to become Departmental (DE) school governors.

DE governors sit on the Boards of Governors of most schools ie. Controlled nursery, grammar and special schools, controlled integrated, grant maintained integrated, voluntary grammar, Catholic and other maintained schools.  Should you be interested in serving as a Departmental governor on the Board of Governors of any particular school, please make this clear on your application form .  Continue reading

Co-Optee Finance Governor wanted at Belfast Metrolpolitan College

  • Are you willing to play a part in transforming the education and skills landscape?
  • Are you prepared to make difficult collegiate decisions to support quality sustainable services?
  • Can you provide the professional Financial expertise to support the work of the Governing Body? 
  • Are you willing to invest one day / month as a Governor?

 If you have said yes, please read on and consider joining the Governing Body of Belfast Met.

There is currently one vacancy on the Belfast Met Governing Body.  It is the intention of the Governing Body to interview prospective governors with a view to identifying one outstanding qualified Accountant with the necessary professional skill set in corporate Finance (public or private).

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

Have a look around the site while you are there.  If, after looking at the website, you feel you might be that person and would like to discuss a future role as a governor at Belfast Met then contact John McAndrew, Secretary to the Governing Body at who can arrange for you to meet a governor, or show you round or answer your queries.  This is a remunerated position and appropriate training will be provided.

This is a co-opted appointment process run by the BMC Governing Body, albeit the final appointment is made by the Department for the Economy subject to a probity check.  Accordingly, it is the intention of the Governing Body to interview prospective governors with a view to recommending one name to the Department for appointment.

Invitation from the Chair of the Governing Body, Frank Bryan

“Membership of the Governing Body of Belfast Met is a challenging but rewarding role.  Belfast Met’s clear mission is to make a fundamental impact on the economic and social success of the city of Belfast and beyond by equipping its people, employers and communities with the education and skills for work.  By playing a part in the leadership of Belfast Met, you can help us realise our vision to be a world class college that nurtures all the talents and ambition of this great city.  We are passionate about championing our dual mandate of economic development and social inclusion, building an economy for the common good.”

It is crucial that Belfast Met builds on its successes of recent years and continues to be at the heart of skills development and economic growth.  If you share our passion for ‘Leading the City to Work’* then get in touch.

*  Leading the City to Work: Belfast Met Corporate Plan 2016-20.


The closing time and date for applications is 1:00pm on 27 April 2017.  It is anticipated that interviews will take place between 22 May 2017 (all day) and 23 May 2017 (a.m. only). An application form and Information pack is available from the Secretary of the Governing Body .

Appointment of One (1) Non-Executive (Medical) Member and (1) Non-Executive Lay Member to the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA)

The Department of Health is seeking to appoint one (1) Non-Executive Medical Member and (1) Non-Executive Lay Member to the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA).

NIMDTA is responsible for funding, managing and supporting Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education Training within Northern Ireland. It provides a range of services for those engaged in the delivery of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and Training.

  • Remuneration: £2,981 per annum
  • Period of appointment and commencement date: the term of appointment is four years commencing  on 01 April 2017.
  • Time commitment: 20 days per annum.
  • Regulated by CPA NI – Yes
  • Closing date: noon on Thursday 03 November 2016

You can find out more information, including how to apply, at the link below:

Board Members wanted at Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange is an artists’ studios in East Belfast that delivers noteworthy projects on a national and international scale. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the Board.

About Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange will celebrate its 20th birthday this year. We are an artists’ studio, based in East Belfast, core funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI). We work on individual and collective projects, most notably Art In The East Side, Ireland’s largest outdoor exhibition. In line with our next AGM in September, we are now looking for volunteers to join the Board.   Continue reading

Chair sought for Belfast City Centre Management

Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) was established in 2000 as a company limited by guarantee.  BCCM, which is a partnership between the public and private sectors, is funded by Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities and operates in partnership with Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the Belfast One Business Improvement District. Within this partnership, BCCM delivers and manages a range of innovative initiatives which enhance economic performance, the presentation of public space and perceptions of safety in Belfast City Centre.  Continue reading

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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Appointments and re-appointments to Further Education Colleges

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA, has announced the appointment of a new governing body member for Southern Regional College and six re-appointments to the Governing Bodies of four Further Education Colleges.

The governing body of a further education college is responsible for securing the efficient and effective management of the college, the provision or securing of suitable further education to its students and determining the college’s strategic direction. This takes into account the educational needs of industry and commerce, and the local community.

The Economy Minister has appointed Dr Eileen Stewart and reappointed Nicola Wilson to Southern Regional College and reappointed Isobel Allison and Gillian McConnell to Northern Regional College; Catherine McFarland and Martin O’Kane to North West Regional College; and Peter Archdale to South West College.  Continue reading