The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched a competition to appoint five Members to the Historic Buildings Council and seven Members to the Historic Monuments Council.
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.
Both Council’s are Advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies sponsored by the Department for Communities. Each consists of a chair and around 15 Members who possess a range of interest and expertise on relevant matters.
The Historic Buildings Council (HBC) was established in 1974 and is currently constituted under Section 198 of the Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011. The aim of HBC is to provide independent advice to the Department on the listing of buildings, the general state of listed buildings and other matters relating to their preservation.
The Historic Monuments Council (HMC) was established in 1971 with the responsibilities of the Council principally laid out in Article 22 of the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (NI) Order 1995. The purpose of HMC is to advise the Department on the exercise of its powers under this Order,
All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 1 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 at Historic Buildings Council and Historic Monuments Council NI 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:
- This is a joint competition to appoint five new Members to the Historic Buildings Council (HBC) and seven new Members to the Historic Monuments Council (HMC). The HBC appointments are for a term of up to 3 years from 1 July 2022 and the HMC appointments are for a term of up to 5 years from 1 July 2022 with the final decisions resting with the Minister for Communities.
- These Member positions are unpaid. However travel and subsistence allowances are payable.in line with NI Civil Service rates. HBC Members currently contribute on average 2 days per month of their time, with HMC Members contributing on average 1 day per month.
- The appointments are 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.
- 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.
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