Search begins for new board members for the General Consumer Council

Search begins for new board members for the General Consumer Council

The Department for the Economy (DfE) is seeking to appoint three new members to the Board of the General Consumer Council (the Consumer Council).

The Consumer Council is a public body, independent from government, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland consumers. Its aim is to make the consumer voice heard and make it count. It has specific functions in relation to energy, water, transport, postal services and food. The appointments will commence on 1 April 2018 and the term of office is three years.   Continue reading

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.”      

The four new appointments are as follows:      Continue reading

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

Search is on for the next Chairperson of the IoD Northern Ireland


The position of IoD Northern Ireland Chairman is high profile and requires someone special who, amongst other strong leadership and influencing skills, will be a good communicator able to handle the media as well as demonstrate an understanding of Northern Ireland, its politics and its business and civic community. He or she will possess the core competencies of an effective director including strategic direction, independence and judgement.

The new Chair will take over in mid-2016 and will lead the substantial group of volunteers, who make the organisation function in Northern Ireland, and who will act as the chairman of the Northern Ireland, as well as being a key public figurehead for the organisation.

Once appointed he or she will work with the small staff team based in Belfast and with UK colleagues to increase the reach and impact of the IoD, particularly in areas of membership growth and director development.

Further details are available on request. Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter outlining how their experience will enable them to undertake the role of Chair to Linda Brown, Director of IoD Northern Ireland, by e-mail to by 16 November 2015. Interviews will be held in early December and an appointment will be made soon after.

Applicants should be a member of the Institute of Directors.

Should you wish to discuss any details of this appointment then please call: 028 9068 3224 and speak to Linda.

Download the job/person specification here.