Competition to appoint new Board Members for the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Date published: 24 November 2020

The Department for the Economy recently launched a competition to appoint up to six new members to the Board of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

Competition to appoint up to six new members to the Board of HSENI.
Competition to appoint up to six new members to the Board of HSENI.

HSENI plays an important role in educating, informing, communicating with and supporting business to comply with, and improve, standards of health and safety at work in Northern Ireland.

The Department wishes to appeal to people of all ages from a wide range of backgrounds and experience and would particularly welcome applications from women, young people, people with a disability and those from ethnic minority communities, as they are currently under-represented on the Board. Applicants with a disability who meet or exceed the pass-mark set for the criteria will be offered an interview. Their application will not be subjected to short-listing.

No academic qualifications are required for the post. Individuals who have the essential skills of communication, corporate governance and risk management, finance, and strategic thinking are encouraged to apply. Applicants will also have a choice of one further criterion.

The new members will be appointed with effect from 1 May 2021. The term of appointments will be for three years. The time commitment normally amounts to 1.5 days per month or equivalent and remuneration amounts to £3,980 per annum from 1 May 2021.

All reasonable travel and subsistence costs, and any dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking board duties will be reimbursed where applicable.

Further information and application packs can be obtained on the Department’s website.

The closing date for applications is 12 midday on Friday 11 December 2020.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with Crown Status, funded by the Department for the Economy.  It was established on 1 April 1999 by an Order in Council amending the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.  HSENI’s role is to see that the risks to people’s health and safety arising from work activities are effectively controlled and thereby contribute to the overall economic and social well-being of Northern Ireland. Current membership stands at eight (Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and six members).
  2. The Department for the Economy is running the competition in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice.
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