Search begins for new Deputy Chair for the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland

DETI is seeking to appoint a new Deputy Chair to the Board of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland. The Consumer Council is a public body, independent from government, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland consumers. Its aim is to make the consumer voice heard and make it count. It has specific functions in relation to energy, water, transport, postal services and food.

We wish to appeal to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to help maximise the relevance of the Consumer Council to all of our citizens and bring some fresh perspectives on consumer issues from their own practical experience. Those with a community or voluntary sector background and/or those from the rural communities are especially encouraged to apply.

This is an open competition which involves an application form and interview. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 8 April 2016.

The new Deputy Chair will be appointed with effect from 1 July 2016 for a term of up to three years. The time commitment is expected to amount to approximately one and a half days per month. Remuneration of £139.35 per day and £69.68 for a half day is payable. All reasonable travel and subsistence costs, and any dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking board duties will also be reimbursed where applicable.

No specific academic qualifications are required for the posts. Applicants are required to demonstrate experience in five criteria – thinking strategically, governance in an organisation, leadership, communication and either working in partnership or practical experience of consumer issues and representation. The appointment will be made on merit.

People under 40 years of age are currently under-represented on the Board and applications from members of this group would be particularly welcome. The Department is currently operating the Guaranteed Interview Scheme in this competition for applicants with a disability.

If you would like to receive an application pack (with full details of the selection criteria and guidance on the application process), contact DETI, Public Appointments Unit, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP, Tel: (028) 9052 9214 or (028) 9052 9282, textrelay: 18001 028 9052 9214 or 18001 028 9052 9282. You can also email or download an application pack from