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Orange Order on the lookout for new chief executive

By David Young

Published 26/03/2016

David Hume: role redundant
David Hume: role redundant

The Orange Order is seeking a chief executive to lead the institution's development.

The move follows a review of the overall staffing needs of the institution in light of the opening of the £3.8m Museum of Orange Heritage at Schomberg House in east Belfast.

Historian David Hume previously served as director of services with the Order for 12 years, but his post was made redundant in late 2015.

The organisation's activities have grown following the opening of the Schomberg House museum.

The chief executive's role includes oversight of approximately 10 staff at Schomberg House, the Order's Belfast headquarters, the management of the institution's administration, and also the co-ordination of international events with Orange organisations across the globe.

The successful applicant will also become a high-profile public spokesperson for the 200-year-old institution, which is no stranger to controversy.

According to the post's job description on the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland website, the chief executive will lead "the development and execution of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland's long-term strategy". The person appointed must be a member of the Orange Institution, a requirement which radically reduces the pool of potential applicants.

The necessity that the chief executive is a member of the Orange institution has been deemed a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with the Fair Employment and Treatment Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.

No salary range has been specified, but the qualifications and experience demanded are unlikely to be found for less than £50-£70,000 a year - roughly the salary of an MLA.

The ad for a chief executive comes just days after the Orange Order issued a controversial report claiming that the percentage of Protestants employed in the NI Civil Service was in rapid decline, and called for urgent action to reverse the trend.

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