Competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Date published: 07 April 2022


The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a competition to appoint a Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive

This is an open competition and applications are welcome from a wide range of people with an interest in public service. Applications from women, ethnic minorities, young people and people with disabilities are particularly welcome.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an important public body at a time of significant challenge and change. The Housing Executive delivers some critically important public services. It is one of the largest social housing landlords in the UK, managing just under 85,000 homes across Northern Ireland. It is also the regional strategic housing authority, responsible for a broad range of functions, duties and powers.  

Its objectives are to deliver better homes, support independent living and build stronger communities, whilst delivering a quality service. Its work reaches across Northern Ireland, working with local communities and dealing with a vast range of complex and challenging issues. The Chair has a key role in using the available resources to meet these objectives and delivery of its many critical services, whilst also leading the organisation through a period of significant change through the Housing Executive Revitalisation Programme.

All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 April 2022. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) will be used. The aim of the GIS is to provide applicants with a disability the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities beyond the initial application stage.

Further information, including an application pack, can be obtained here or by e-mailing Public Appointments


You can also contact the Department on the following:

Telephone:       028 9081 9417                              

Text Relay Service:      18001 028 9081 9417                            

Notes to editors: 

  1. This is a competition to appoint the Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive for a term of up to 5 years from 5 November 2022.
  2. This Chair position attracts remuneration of £34,594 per annum plus reasonable expenses (including travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses including caring responsibilities in line with NIHE rates) with a time commitment of at least 2 days per week.
  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 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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