Department for the Economy public appointments

DfE current vacancies

Vacancy Closing date
No current vacancies  

Further Education related vacancy

Vacancy Closing date
Principal/Chief Executive of South West College noon on 19 May 2022

Why apply for a public appointment?

In this video, Sheila McClelland explains how she developed her skills further by applying for a public appointment.

The benefits of a public appointment

In this video, Frank Bryan (Chair of Belfast Metropolitan College) discusses the many personal benefits associated with public appointments.

For more information on the role of a public appointee, please see the following article by and Marie Mallon, Chairperson of the Labour Relations Agency:

Public Bodies sponsored by DfE

The Department sponsors a number of public bodies. Appointments to these bodies are made by the Minister for the Economy. 

Regulated Appointments – Appointments within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI (CPANI)

Information on the role of CPANI is on their website.

Public Body Web link Board information
The Certification Officer for Northern Ireland NI Certification Officer website  
The Board of CITB Construction Skills CITB website  
Consumer Council for Northern Ireland Consumer Council website Consumer Council board information
The Governing Bodies of Northern Ireland's Six Colleges of Further Education FE colleges information on nidirect  
The Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland HSE NI website  
Invest Northern Ireland InvestNI website  
The Board of the Labour Relations Agency LRA website  
Northern Ireland Screen NI Screen website  
The Governing Body of St. Mary's College St Mary's College website  
The Governing Body of Stranmillis College Stranmillis College website  
Tourism Northern Ireland TourismNI website TNI board information

Appointments within the spirit of the CPANI Code (Unregulated)

Public Body Web link
Re-instatement Committee for Reserve Forces in Civil Employment No website
The Industrial Court 
Office of the Industrial Tribunals and The Fair Employment Tribunals 

Non-Ministerial appointments

Public Body Web link
NI-CO NI Co-operation Overseas Ltd 

Becoming a Public Appointee

You can find out more about becoming a public appointee including information on the application and interview process on the nidirect website. 

Upcoming vacancies

The “All Aboard” newsletter published by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister provides an overview of public appointments coming up over the next six months across the whole of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. 

Recent appointments and competitions

The table below shows appointments made and competitions launched in the past two years.

Date Appointments/Competitions
31 March 2022

New board member appointed to the Labour Relations Agency

8 February 2022

Lyons announces new Chair to Northern Ireland Screen

28 January 2022

Economy Minister announces public appointment extensions

24 January 2022

Lyons appoints governing body members to five further education colleges

5 January 2022

Appointment of Chairperson to the Governing Body of Stranmillis University College

16 September 2021

Competition to appoint a new Chairperson to Stranmillis University College Governing Body

26 August 2021

Public appointment competition for Construction Industry Training Board Northern Ireland board members

23 July 2021

Public appointment competition for further education governing body members

22 June 2021 Frew announces appointments to board of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland 
19 May 2021

Dodds extends term of the chair of Stranmillis University College governing body

18 May 2021

Dodds appoints governing body chair at Northern Regional College

4 May 2021 Dodds makes appointments to the Labour Relations Agency Board 
30 March 2021

Appointments to the Board of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland

4 January 2021

Appointments and extensions to the governing body of South Eastern Regional College

28 October 2020

Search begins for a new Chair and Board Members for the Labour Relations Agency

28 October 2020

Appointments and reappointments to the Board of Tourism NI

21 July 2020

Appointments to Stranmillis University College Governing Body

3 July 2020 Minister announces reappointments to further education college governing bodies
18 June 2020 Re-appointments and extensions to board of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
17 June 2020 Minister announces board appointments to Northern Ireland Screen
10 June 2020

Department for the Economy public appointment extensions

2 June 2020

Economy Minister announces appointments to the Board of The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland

28 May 2020 Minister announces five Industrial Court reappointments
20 May 2020

Re-appointments to St Mary’s University College Governing Body

21 April 2020

Minister announces Invest NI Board appointments

29 January 2020 Extensions to DfE Public Appointments

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Complaints procedure

The Public Appointments Unit (PAU) within the Department for Economy (DfE) is committed to the principles of public appointments as set out in the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPANI) code of Practice.

Contact the DfE Public Appointments Unit

The Department has a dedicated Public Appointments Unit which co-ordinates the Public Appointments process. For general queries or to register your interest in upcoming vacancies visit our contact page:

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