Appointment of Deputy Chair and up to 16 Board Members to the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair and up to 16 Members, with applications welcome from a wide range of backgrounds, to the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC). CNCC is a Non-Departmental Public Body and a Statutory Advisory Council to DAERA on nature conservation and the countryside. It was set up under the powers of the Nature and Amenity Lands (Amendment) (NI) Order 1989. Its statutory role is also covered by the provisions of The Environment (NI) Order 2002. The aim of CNCC is to provide independent advice to the Department (DAERA) on nature conservation and the countryside and, in consultation, on Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) with due regard to matters affecting agriculture, forestry and inland fisheries. Further information about the organisation, can be obtained from the CNCC website at:

Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (

The CNCC is represented on the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).  Further information about this organisation can be found at:

Time Commitment and Remuneration: The Deputy Chair role requires approximately 30 - 36 days per annum.  This position is remunerated at £6,827 per annum (under review). The Member role requires approximately 18 days per annum. This position is not remunerated.  Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred on official business will be reimbursed.

Terms of Appointment: All successful candidates will be appointed for a three year period from 1st August 2021.  An additional three 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: Knowledge, expertise and practical experience in a field relevant to CNCC; Analytical Ability and Decision Making Skills; and Communication and Teamwork.  Additional essential criteria for the Deputy Chair role are Strategic Leadership; and Corporate Governance.

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

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

An application form can also be downloaded from this website, here.

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 many public bodies in Northern Ireland.

An application pack and further information is available by contacting:

Dolores Kelly,
Ballykelly House,
111 Ballykelly Road,
BT49 9HP
Tel:      028 7744 2025

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 4:00 pm on Friday 26th March 2021.

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 young people, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities are currently under represented on the CNCC, applications from these groups would be particularly welcome.

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