Department for the Economy public appointments

The Department for the Economy (DfE) is keen for our public boards to reflect the diverse society in which they operate. Applications to our public appointments are encouraged from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.

DfE Current Vacancies

Vacancy Closing Date
There are currently no DfE public appointments vacancies


For more information on the role of a public appointee, please see the following articles by the current Vice Chairperson, Hilary Singleton, 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
The Certification Officer for Northern Ireland
The Board of CITB Construction Skills
Consumer Council for Northern Ireland
The Governing Bodies of Northern Ireland's Six Colleges of Further Education
The Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
Invest Northern Ireland
The Board of the Labour Relations Agency
Northern Ireland Screen
The Governing Body of St. Mary's College
The Governing Body of Stranmillis College
Tourism Northern Ireland

Appointments within the spirit of the CPANI Code (Unregulated)

Public Body Web link
Agri-Food Strategy Board (jointly with DAERA)
Catalyst Inc 
Re-instatement Committee for Reserve Forces in Civil Employment No website
The Industrial Court 
Office of the Industrial Tribunals and The Fair Employment Tribunals 
The Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills 
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 since May 2016.

Date Appointments/Competitions
24 January 2017

Appointment to North West Regional College Governing Body

1 November 2016 Reappointment to Board of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland 
8 September 2016 Competition launched - Chairperson for Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
7 September 2016 Tourism Northern Ireland Board reappointment
30 August 2016 The Consumer Council
4 August 2016 College Governing Bodies
6 July 2016 Re-appointments to Construction Industry Training Board

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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