Search begins for new Chairperson for the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

The HSENI vision is to achieve world-class performance in workplace health and safety and therefore improve the overall economic and social well being of our community.

Individuals who have the essential skills of Leadership, Governance in an Organisation, Thinking Strategically and Working in Partnership are encouraged to apply. Whilst skills and experience in Health and Safety management are valuable, they are not essential and will not be a criterion for appointment. 

The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability and those from ethnic minorities as they are currently under-represented on the Board.

The Department will operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.

This is an open competition which involves an application form and interview. Appointment will be based on merit against the essential criteria. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Friday 30 September 2016.

The new Chairperson will be appointed with effect from 1 April 2017 although there will be the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the outgoing Chairperson with effect from 1 January 2017. The term of appointment will be for three years. The time commitment normally amounts to one and a half days per week or equivalent and remuneration amounts to £19,245 per annum from 1 April 2017. (Remuneration during any shadow period will reflect the actual time commitment made).

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

If you would like to receive an Application Pack (with full details of the selection criteria and guidance on the application process), contact DfE Public Appointments Unit,  Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP, Telephone: (028) 9052 9282 or (028) 9052 9918 . Textrelay: 18001 028 9052 9282 or 18001 028 9052 9918. You can also email or download an application pack from Department for Economy website.

Further information on HSENI is available at HSENI website.

Notes to editors

1. The Health and Safety Executive is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body with Crown Status. 
2. The Department for the Economy (DfE) is running the competition in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice.
3. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with Crown Status, funded by DfE. 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 9 (Chairperson, a deputy Chairperson and 7 members).
4. For media enquiries please contact the DfE Press Office, telephone 028 9052 9604. Outside office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 714 540 and your call will be returned.
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