Chairperson to the Board of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Date published: 08 September 2016

DfE is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson to the Board of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), an executive Non-Departmental Public Body with Crown status. This is a rewarding and important role.

Application Process

HSENI’s 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. HSENI's headquarters is in Ladas Drive, Belfast.

The appointment is effective from 1 April 2017 although there will be the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the outgoing Chair with effect from 1 January 2017.  The term of appointment will be for three years.

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

DfE is also operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability.

The time commitment normally amounts to 1.5 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 receipted dependant carer expenses will also be reimbursed where applicable.

No academic qualifications are required for the post. Appointment will be made on merit from those individuals who best satisfy four essential criteria. Please note that skills and experience in Health and Safety management, whilst valuable, are not essential and will not be a criterion for appointment.

How to Apply

The Application Pack will give you more details on the criteria and can be downloaded from the DfE website at the following link:

The Application Pack can also be obtained from:

DfE Public Appointments Unit
Massey Avenue
BT4 2JP 

Contact details are:

  • Yvonne Green on 028 9052 9282
    Textrelay: 18001 028 9052 9282                
  • Jon Anderson on 028 9052 9918           
    Textrelay: 18001 028 9052 9918
  • Email:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 September 2016.  Late applications will not be accepted.

The application material will also be made available, on request, in other formats such as braille, large print, audio, etc.  All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants/candidates with a disability.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 15, 16 and 17 November 2016 in Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast.

Applicants invited for interview are eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses incurred within the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Equality of Opportunity

The Department is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.  

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