Applications sought for a Chairperson for the Board of the Education Authority

Date published: 11 August 2020

The Department of Education (DE) has launched a public appointments competition to appoint a Chairperson to the Board of the Education Authority (EA).

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The Education Authority (EA) is a non-departmental body sponsored by the Department of Education. The EA has wide-ranging statutory functions under education legislation. It is responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective pre-school, primary and secondary education and sufficient schools and educational services are delivered equitably across NI, are available to meet the needs of children and young persons and for ensuring the provision of efficient and effective youth services. The role involves ensuring that the EA’s policies and actions support the NI Executive’s Programme for Government targets and the strategic policies of the Minister of Education, and that the EA’s affairs are conducted with regularity and probity and deliver value for money.

Speaking today, Education Minister, Peter Weir said: “With an organisation of over 44,500 staff and an annual budget of almost £2 billion, the EA Chairperson has a pivotal role in ensuring the Authority's procedures and actions support my Department's wider strategic priorities, and that the Authority's affairs are managed and conducted effectively.

“The successful appointee should be highly experienced in holding executive teams to account for delivery of results, and in effecting transformational change to deliver improved performance, as well as being able to manage substantial financial resources, communicating strongly and maintaining co-operative working relationships across the Education sector.”

DE is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds regardless of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.  Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. 

Details on the selection criteria, the role responsibilities and time commitment are set out in the Information Booklet which is part of the application pack.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday 10 September 2020. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. The competition will reflect the principles and practices of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPANI) Code of Practice. The appointment will be made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
  2. Copies of the application pack can be obtained from the Department in the following ways:



Telephone:    (028) 9127 9461/7684 or

By writing to: Education Governance Team, Department of Education, 5th floor, Rathgael House, 43 Balloo Road, Rathgill, Bangor Co Down, BT19 7PR.       

  1. Application packs can be made in a different format e.g. large print please contact us. CVs and late applications will not be accepted.   
  2. Media enquiries to the Department of Education Press Office on: 028 9127 9207.  Out of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer on 02890 378110 and your call will be returned.


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