Appointment of Chair of the Board of Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA)


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Chair of the Board of the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA). NIFHA is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DAERA. It has a statutory responsibility for the improvement, management and maintenance of the three fishery harbours at Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie. Further information about the organisation, can be obtained from the NIFHA website at

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The total time commitment for the Chair of the NIFHA Board is 30-32 days per annum.

The Chair position is remunerated at £10,680 per annum.

Reasonable travel expenses will also be reimbursed along with reasonable costs relating to care of dependants, including childcare.

Terms of Appointment

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed for a four-year period by 2nd October 2023.

An additional four-year term may be offered, subject to satisfactory performance and attendance.

Application Process

A merit-based process will be applied alongside the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for applicants with a disability. Applicants will be expected to complete an application form demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for appointment.

The essential criteria are:

1        Corporate Governance and Accountability

2.       Financial Planning and Management

3.       Strategic Thinking and Direction

4.       Communication and Teamwork

5        Leadership

A sift of applications will be carried out and a panel interview will follow.   

More information about this competition and about public appointments in general is available from the NIDirect website:

An application form can also be downloaded from this website.

Appointment of Chair of the Board of Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA) Candidate Information Booklet and Application Form

An application pack and further information is also available by contacting Public Appointments Unit, Jubilee House, 111 Ballykelly Road, Ballykelly, Limavady BT49 9HP Tel: 028 77 442025 or e-mail

This 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.

Closing date

Completed applications must be returned to the Department by Noon on Friday 19 May 2023.

Equality of Opportunity

DAERA is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. DAERA is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  Since women, young people, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities are currently under-represented on the NIFHA Board, applications from these groups are particularly welcome.

This is a Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI) Regulated appointment.  The Commissioner’s role is to regulate, monitor, report and advise on the way in which Ministers make appointments to the Boards of regulated bodies in Northern Ireland.

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