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Sport NI seeks new Vice-Chair and Board members

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is seeking to appoint a new Vice-Chair and four Members to the Board of Sport NI.

Expressions of interest are welcome from applicants with an interest in serving the sports sector, including individuals who have not previously held positions in this area.

The Minister said: “Sport NI plays a key role in delivering the Department’s 10-year sports strategy, Sport Matters and my Department’s top priority to promote equality and tackle poverty and social exclusion. It is essential therefore to have an organisation and board that is outcome focused and led by persons of the highest calibre. Therefore, I hope that there is a high level of interest from members of the public with a variety of backgrounds, experience and skills.”

Minister Ní Chuilín is encouraging women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to apply. She said: "Females are currently under represented on the Board and I would therefore particularly welcome applications from women. I would also encourage members of ethnic minorities and people with a disability to apply for this position, so that we have a board which is more representative of our diverse society.”

The competition will be used to fill the vacancies for the positions of Vice-Chair and Member of the Sport NI Board. All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The final decision on appointments will rest with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27 September 2013.

Further information, including detailed criteria for appointment, can be obtained from Personnel & Facilities Management Branch, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Causeway Exchange, Level 10, 1- 7 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG; by telephoning 028 9051 5149; by textphone on 028 9052 7668; or by e-mailing: Details can also be found at:

Notes to editors:

1. This is a competition to appoint a Vice-Chair and four Members to the Board of Sport NI. The appointment is for a term of up to four years.

2. The criteria for the positions of Vice-Chair and Member is as follows:

Essential Criteria – Vice-Chair and Member

· Experience of equality, social inclusion and anti-discrimination: Demonstrable experience of, and commitment to, the positive promotion of equality and social inclusion, as well as the principles of anti-discrimination, through either professional or voluntary activity;

· Experience of strategic planning: Experience of strategic planning and effective organisation to deliver strategic plans;

· Informed interest in sport: An informed interest in sport and the development of sport in NI, and an appreciation of the contribution sport makes to NI society;

· Experience of corporate governance: Experience of effective corporate governance, including recognising and resolving issues that present challenges to governance; and

· Experience of working in partnership: Experience of working in partnership with different stakeholders such as business partners, government or third sector organisations.

Essential Criteria – Vice-Chair only

· Leadership experience: Experience of making an effective contribution to leading an organisation in an executive or non-executive capacity, delivering or overseeing improved organisational performance on behalf of citizens, investors and key stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria – Vice-Chair and Member

· An informed knowledge of women’s sport and associated issues.

3. The Vice-Chair will receive an honorarium of £3,500 per annum. Member posts are unpaid. Both posts received reasonable travel and subsistence allowances. The Vice-Chair and Members posts will require a commitment of approximately two days per month.

4. The appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in NI in accordance with the requirement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI. All appointments are based on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published.

5. The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependants. We would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, and people from minority ethnic groups for these positions.

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