DfE current vacancies
|Tourism NI - competition to appoint members||Thursday 8 December at 12:00 pm|
Northern Ireland related vacancy
|The British Film Institute (BFI) Northern Ireland Governor||5 December 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 Marie Mallon, former 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|
|Construction Industry Training Board Northern Ireland||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 Labour Relations Agency||LRA website|
|Northern Ireland Screen||NI Screen website|
|St. Mary's College||St Mary's College website|
|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||The Industrial Court website|
|Office of the Industrial Tribunals and The Fair Employment Tribunals||OITFET website|
|Public Body||Web link|
|NI-CO NI Co-operation Overseas Ltd||NI-CO NI website|
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.
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.
|28 July 2022||Lyons announces Invest NI Board appointments|
|18 July 2022||New Chair of Tourism NI|
|4 July 2022||Lyons appoints Governing Body Chairs at further education colleges|
|20 June 2022||Lyons appoints new Certification Officer for Northern Ireland|
|17 June 2022||Lyons appoints temporary Governing Body Chair at North West Regional College|
|14 June 2022|
|31 March 2022|
|30 March 2022|
|8 February 2022|
|28 January 2022|
|24 January 2022|
|5 January 2022|
|16 September 2021|
|26 August 2021|
|23 July 2021|
|22 June 2021||Frew announces appointments to board of Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland|
|19 May 2021|
|18 May 2021|
|4 May 2021||Dodds makes appointments to the Labour Relations Agency Board|
|30 March 2021|
|4 January 2021|
|28 October 2020|
|28 October 2020|
|21 July 2020|
|3 July 2020||Minister announces reappointments to further education college governing bodies|
How we handle personal information is set out in our privacy notice:
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: