Competition to appoint Chair and Vice-Chair to Board of Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Date published: 23 March 2017

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The Department for Communities is today launching a competition to appoint a new Chair and Vice-Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).

The NIHE’s goal is for everyone to have access to decent, affordable housing. The Chair and Vice-Chair will have key roles in working towards this goal and in setting the strategic direction for the organisation.

This is an open competition and applications are welcome from a wide range of people with an interest in public service, including individuals who have not previously held positions in this area. Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from an ethnic minority, people with a disability and young people.

The Chair position attracts remuneration of £32,512 per year, plus travel and subsistence allowances. This post will require a commitment of at least two days per week and is expected to begin on 1 July 2017. The Vice-Chair position attracts remuneration of £16,150 per year, plus travel and subsistence. This post will require a commitment of at least one day per week and is expected to begin on 5 November 2017. Both appointments will be for a term of up to five years.

All applications for appointment will be considered strictly on merit. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Further information, including an application pack, can be obtained at the nidirect website or by e-mailing publicappointments@communities-ni.gov.uk.

You can also contact the Department on the following:

Telephone: 028 90515269                                  

Text Relay Service: 18001 028 90515269                            

By writing to: Public Appointments Unit, Department for Communities, Level 8, Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG.                                                   

Notes to editors: 

  1. This is a competition to appoint a Chair and a Vice-Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).
  2. The NIHE is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established by the Housing Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Under this Act, the NIHE took over the housing responsibilities of 65 separate authorities and became Northern Ireland’s overall housing authority. It is currently landlord to approximately 86,500 dwellings and is one of Northern Ireland’s largest public sector organisations with a budget of over £740m and a staff of approximately 2,700. The NIHE Board is responsible for the efficient, effective and economic delivery of the Housing Executive's services.  It determines policies within its overall aims and objectives and makes decisions on operational and organisational strategies. More information on the role of the NIHE can be found at NIHE website 
  3. The appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI in accordance with the requirement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI. All appointments are based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.
  4. The Department for Communities is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependents. The Department particularly welcomes applications from women, people from an ethnic minority, people with a disability and young people for these positions as these groups are currently under-represented at Board level across NI.
  5. Media enquiries to DfC Press Office on 028 9082 3505 or email: press.office@communities-ni.gov.uk.  Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383.
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