Competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of National Museums NI

Date published: 10 November 2022

The Department for Communities has launched a competition to appoint a Chair to the Board of National Museums NI.

An infographic with the following white text on a blue background "Appointment of the Chair to the Board of National Museums NI - Completed applications must be returned to DfC Public Appointments no later than 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 28 November 2022"

National Museums NI is an arms-length body of the Department for Communities and plays a significant role within society by increasing awareness of art, history, science and culture. Through visitor programmes and exhibitions, museums capture the public’s imagination and help us to make sense of the past and thereby better shape our future. In addition, the four museums which make up National Museums NI serve as major tourist attractions and drivers for the local economy.

The Board ensures that the work of the organisation is fully advanced in line with its key policies and strategies, whilst accounting for good governance and effective use of resources in the organisation. The Chair has a particular leadership role, in a challenging operating environment, to champion and transform the work of the Board and National Museums NI, whilst embedding positive values and behaviours.

This important role provides a unique opportunity to make a positive difference within a distinctive public sector organisation. An individual with the relevant experience, enthusiasm, vision, leadership and judgement is now sought to join the Board as Chair.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 28 November 2022.

Further information, including an application pack, can be obtained here, by e-mailing public appointments or telephoning 028 9081 9417.

Notes to editors: 

  1. This is a competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of the National Museums NI for a term of up to four years from 1 May 2023. It is planned for the appointment decision be made by early February 2023. This is to facilitate the involvement of the incoming Chair in the public appointment competition for new Trustees to the National Museums NI Board.
  2. This Chair position attracts remuneration of £10,000 per annum plus reasonable expenses (including travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses in line with NICS rates) with a time commitment of at least 36 days per year.
  3. This appointment will be 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 all public 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, young people, people from an ethnic minority and people with a disability 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 3516 or email: Press Office.
  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hour’s service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The Duty Press Officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  7. Follow the Department on Twitter @CommunitiesNI

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