Closing date extended: Appointment of a Chairperson to the Board of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

Date published: 29 May 2024

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is seeking to appoint a Chairperson to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Board.


The deadline for this competition has been extended to noon on Thursday 6 June 2024.

AFBI is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by DAERA. It undertakes scientific work (research and development, testing, advice and information on scientific matters and dissemination of the results of scientific research) in the fields of agriculture, animal health and welfare, food, fisheries, forestry, the natural environment and rural development and enterprise.

This work helps to enable the NI agri-food industry to market products nationally and internationally, helps protect animal and plant health, helps to ensure the safety of the food that we eat, contributes to the protection of our terrestrial and marine environments and is important to NI’s long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

The total time commitment for the Chair of the AFBI Board is 40 days per annum and is remunerated at £28,049 per annum.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be appointed for a three-year period from 1 September 2024.

Download more information about this competition and public appointments in general from the DAERA website or by contacting DAERA Public Appointments Unit at 028 7744 2025 or:

Download more information about AFBI

Notes to editors: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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 these appointments.
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  4. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI). 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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