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 Tourism Northern Ireland

The Department for the Economy (DfE) is seeking to appoint two new members to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland (formerly Northern Ireland Tourist Board).

Background

Tourism Northern Ireland (TNI) is a statutory Non-Departmental Public Body.

TNI is responsible for the development of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination as well as being responsible for the promotion and marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. TNI’s vision is to confidently and passionately champion the development and promotion of the Northern Ireland experience.

One appointment will commence on 1 July 2017 and one on 1 February 2018, and the term of the appointment for both will be for three years.

People with a disability and ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on the Board and applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome.

We are operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.

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Chair of the Northern Ireland Regional Advisory Board – National Trust

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED UNTIL 25TH JANUARY

Working with the National Trust in a non-executive capacity is an opportunity to have a real say in our current and future operations. In return for your time, knowledge and expertise, you’ll have the chance to work alongside a senior executive as you grow the nation’s love of special places.

About the role

As a member of our Advisory Boards you’ll advise, support and challenge directors and their teams, helping them to deliver the Trust’s strategy across Northern Ireland.  You’ll also advise the Board of Trustees, and take action on all matters relating to Northern Ireland.

The Advisory Board formally meets three times a year at properties, taking part in a round table discussion based on pre-issued operational and strategic papers. In addition, some Advisory Board members will also work with staff teams on ad hoc matters or projects. The role is voluntary but we reimburse expenses.  Continue reading

Chair and Members appointed to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced the appointment of a new Chairman and three other appointments to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland.

Terence Brannigan has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland with effect from 1 April 2015. His appointment is for a three year period.

Three Board members have also been recently appointed. Colin Neill and Michele Shirlow have been appointed with effect from 1 January 2015 and Geoff Wilson has been appointed with effect from 1 March 2015. All are for a three year period.

Commenting on the appointments, Arlene Foster said: “I look forward to working with the new Chairman and Board members who bring a strong mix of skills with them and I am confident that they will help to build the value of tourism to the local economy. They join the Board at the start of an important change process as the recommendations of the Hunter Review are taken forward.”

The Minister also announced the reappointment of Katy Best to the Board, with effect from 1 February 2015. This is for a three year period.

Howard Hastings’s extended second term of office as Chairman will end on 31 March 2015.

Thanking the outgoing Chairman the Minister added: “I would like to thank Howard Hastings for his tireless effort and dedication in helping to raise the profile of the tourism industry here in Northern Ireland. I would also like to express my appreciation to him for agreeing to extend his second term of office by three months to ensure the smooth transition in the appointment of a new Chairman.”

The appointments have been made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors:

1. Tourism Northern Ireland is a statutory NDPB established under the Development of Tourist Traffic Act (NI) 1948. Its constitution and continuation were affirmed in the Tourism (NI) Order 1992. Tourism Northern Ireland is funded by DETI under Article 7 of the Order, from monies voted by Parliament. Tourism Northern Ireland is the trading name of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

2. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published.

None of the appointees or the re-appointee has had any political activity in the last 5 years.

3. Chairman of the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland carries a remuneration of £25,165 per annum. Membership of the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland carries a remuneration of £5,045 per annum.

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New appointments

Terence Brannigan

Terence is a Board Member of Co-operation Ireland and has been a Visiting Professor for the Business Institute of the University of Ulster since June 2010.

He holds one other public appointment as Chairman of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation (OFMDFM) in September 2012. This carries a remuneration of £30,000 per annum.

Terence brings a range of experience with him to the role, including leadership, strategic thinking, corporate governance, financial management, building and maintaining relationships and communication skills.

Colin Neill

Colin joined Pubs of Ulster as Chief Executive in August 2008, having previously held the post of Economic and Tourism Development Manager with Ballymena Borough Council, specialising in town centre regeneration and was formerly the Operations Manager with Belfast City Centre Management.

He has also been a board member of the association of Town Centre Management and the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Association of Town Centre Managers. He is also a member of the Larne Town Centre Masterplan Implementation Group. In addition, Colin is a UK Board Member of the Purple Flag scheme and is the past Chairman of the NI Steering Group.

In his role as Chief Executive, Colin works closely with all sectors of the hospitality industry, Industry Suppliers and the. Colin is responsible for the strategic management of the organisation, and also represents the interests of the industry on a number of external working groups.

Most recently Colin chaired a number of working groups relating to the hospitality sector as part of the Review of Business Red Tape, taken forward by the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment
Colin holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group and the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust.

Colin brings experience of corporate governance, marketing and communication, ability to deal with strategic issues and working in partnership to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland. He does not hold any other public appointments.

Michele Shirlow

Michele Shirlow has been, since 2007, the Chief Executive of FoodNI which aims to enhance the reputation of food from Northern Ireland. Michele previously worked with SMEs in a senior management role in LEDU before moving to take responsibility for Export Marketing in Invest NI as Assistant Trade Director. She was also previously a management accountant at Courtaulds Textiles.

Michele’s previous appointments have included being an Independent Board Member of the Special EU Programmes Body as well as being a Business and Finance representative of the College Advisory Group sponsored by DARD. In addition Michele has held a position as a Governor of Oakwood Integrated Primary School and while on secondment from Invest NI provided a secretariat function to the Food Strategy Implementation Partnership to implement their Fit for Market Strategy with DARD and Invest NI.

Michele brings the ability to deal with strategic issues and experience of scrutinising performance, maintaining relationships and working in partnership to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland. She does not hold any other public appointments.

Geoff Wilson

Geoff is the owner of ‘Geoff Wilson Consultancy’ providing services in the areas of sport, business and government. He works with a wide range of global and national sporting organisations such as FIFA.

Geoff was formally Head of Marketing and Communication at the Irish Football Association. In February 2014, Geoff was appointed to the board of Sport NI (for which he receives travel expenses) and is also on the Board of CIM Ireland (Chartered Institute of Marketing).

Geoff brings the ability to deal with strategic issues and scrutinise performance of an organisation and experience of marketing and communication and ability to build effective working relationships to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland.

Reappointment

Katy Best

Katy is the Commercial and Marketing Director at Belfast City Airport and is responsible for all revenue streams, marketing, communications and tourism related activity at the Airport. Katy has over 10 years experience within tourism-related businesses in Belfast, London and Sydney. She is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of The MAC, Tall Ships 2015 Ltd and is a Council member of NI Connections. Katy was previously a Council member of the NI Chamber of Commerce and has held a post on the Tourism Ireland Central Marketing Partnership Committee. Katy also attends meetings of the VisitBritain Board on Tourism NI’s behalf, as an observer.

Dr Howard Hastings OBE, Chair

Howard is currently the Managing Director of Hastings Hotels. He is also a Director of Merrion Hotel Ltd (ROI) and a Board Member of Tourism Ireland. During the 1990s he was Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland and Founding Chairman of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation. Howard has also been a past Chairman of Rockport Preparatory School, a member of Castlereagh College governing body and a Board Member of Business in the Community and the Bank of Ireland Advisory Board. His previous public appointments include the Training & Employment Agency, Investors in People, New Deal Task Force and the Tourism and Hospitality Training Council. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ulster. In June 2014 Howard was awarded an OBE for his services to tourism and hospitality.

Non Executive Directors (x7) – Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is seeking to appoint seven non-executive directors to the Belfast HSC Trust (BHSCT):-  one with specific financial experience; one representative of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB); and one representative of the Mater Hospital Trustees.

Five non-executive directors are to be appointed with immediate effect (including the director who has specific financial experience and the representative of the Mater Hospital Trustees) and two non-executive directors with effect from 1st April 2016 (to include the QUB representative).

The BHSCT is one of five HSC Trusts established in 2007 responsible for the delivery of responsive and effective health and care services and for the ownership and management of hospitals and other establishments and facilities.  Each HSC Trust in Northern Ireland is managed directly by a Board of Directors which has corporate responsibility for its operation.  The Board is made up of five executive Directors and seven non-executive directors and a non-executive chair.  Executive directors and non-executive directors are full and equal members of the Board.

Essential Criteria for all applicants

The non-executive directors require no specific qualifications, however all applicants must meet the following four essential criteria:

  • Business Sense; Corporate Governance; Stakeholder Engagement; Self Awareness and Personal Contribution.

Additional Criteria for non-executive Director Post with specific financial experience

  • Applicants for the non-executive director post with specific financial experience must meet the following additional criteria: financial.management

Queen’s University of Belfast Representative

  • Applicants must be employed by QUB either on a full or part-time basis and the application supported by QUB.

Mater Hospital Trustees Representative

  • Applicants must have their application supported by the Trustees of the Mater Hospital.

Applicants can apply for one or more category of membership.

Remuneration – £7,960 per annum            Time Commitment – 1 day per week

Closing Date

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday 5 February 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Information Packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants who require assistance will be facilitated on request.  Applicants invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparenVacancycy of process.  The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants.  Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, religion, ethnic origin, marital status, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities as they are currently underrepresented.

Please visit the Department’s website for more information about Public Appointments

Contact details

E-mail: public.appointments@dhsspsni.gov.uk

Telephone: 028 9052 3250

Textphone: 028 9052 8623 (for use by those with hearing difficulties)

Fax: 028 9052 8403

Write to: DHSSPS Public Appointments Unit, Room D1, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SQ.

Alternatively applicants can fill out PDF form and submit on line

Chair, Northern Ireland Tourist Board

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The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson of the Board of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that NITB fulfils the aims and objectives set by the Department and approved by the Minister, and for promoting the efficient, economic and effective use of staff and other resources by NITB.

No specific academic qualifications are required for the post. It is important that people from a wide range of backgrounds take up public appointments so that the Boards of public bodies like NITB reflect the rich diversity of our society and better understand the needs of the communities they serve.

The competition is an open one, which involves an application form and interview process. The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 6 January 2015. The appointment will be made on merit. The Chairperson will be appointed with effect from 1 April 2015.

The Chairperson is expected to attend Board meetings and other events, (including all Tourism Ireland Board meetings as an ex-officio member) amounting to approximately 4 – 6 days per month. In addition the successful candidate will be expected to attend occasional evening engagements. Remuneration is £24,915 per annum.

The Chairperson also receives reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs, and any dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties.

Appointments will be made from those individuals who best satisfy the essential criteria set out below.

Applications are invited from individuals with experience of leading and managing change, strategic thinking, corporate governance and performance management, financial management, building and maintaining relationships and individuals who are able to demonstrate strong communication skills.

People with a disability and ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on the Board and applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome.

If you would like to receive an application pack (with full details of essential criteria and guidance on the application process), contact DETI, Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP, Tel: (028) 9052 9214 or (028) 9052 9282, textphone: 18001 028 9052 9214 or 18001 028 9052 9282.

You can also email pau@detini.gov.uk or download one from www.detini.gov.uk

Closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 6 January 2015