Department for the Economy public appointments

DfE Current Vacancies

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No current vacancies  

Why apply for a public appointment?

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

For more information on the role of a public appointee, please see the following articles by the current Vice Chairperson of HSENI, 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
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 since May 2016.

Date Appointments/Competitions
12 December 2018

Temporary Governing Body Chair appointed at South Eastern Regional College

27 September 2018 Extensions to DfE public appointments - September 2018
11 September 2018 Extensions to Public Appointments - September 2018
29 June 2018 Extensions to Public Appointments - June 2018
22 March 2018 Search begins for new Board Members for Northern Ireland Screen
20 March 2018

Search begins for new Chairs of Further Education Colleges

23 February 2018 Extensions to Public Appointments
7 December 2017

Search begins for new board members for the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland (The Consumer Council)

16 November 2017 Extensions to Public Appointments (LRA and HSENI)
14 September 2017 Non-Executive Board Member appointed to the Department for the Economy
8 September 2017 Reappointment and extensions to public appointments (Certification Officer, InvestNI, CITB, Stranmillis University College, NI Screen, Tourism NI nad South Eastern Regional College)
7 July 2017 Temporary Governing Body Chair appointed at Northern Regional College 
6 June 2017 Agri-Food Strategy Board Term of Appointment Extended to 31 August 2017
1 June 2017 Extensions to Public Appointments
10 March 2017 Northern Ireland Screen Board reappointments
10 March 2017 Appointment of new Chair to Board of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland 
9 March 2017 Competition launched - Two new Board members to the Board of Tourism Northern Ireland
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

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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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