Parades Commission for Northern Ireland: Chair and 6 Members

Body: Northern Ireland Office
Appointing Department: Northern Ireland Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Belfast
Number of Vacancies: 1 Chair and 6 Members (Chair and 4 members to take up post on 1 January 2021 and 2 members to take up remaining posts on 1 April 2021.
Remuneration: The position of Chair attracts a fixed annual remuneration of £50,000 and the member position receives a fixed annual remuneration of £22,000
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment for the Chair position is approximately 1-2 days per week and for members the commitment is 1 day per week, but this is likely to increase to 2 or more days in the April to August period.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Secretary of State announces appointments to the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

Date: 24/12/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    24/12/2020 at 14:00

Interviews were conducted over 4 days, 3 - 6 November.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland invites applications for appointments to the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland.

The competition seeks outstanding individuals who can make a real contribution to the Commission’s ongoing work, and bring expertise and fresh thinking in the coming months and years.

The Parades Commission for Northern Ireland is a public body operating as an executive non-departmental public body accountable through the Chair to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

The powers and duties of the Commission are to be found in the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

Person Specification

Outstanding individuals are sought to become a member of the Parades Commission; people who can command the confidence of all sides of the community in Northern Ireland, act in controversial situations and determine courses of action, and assess the probability of future events and make clear and well informed judgements.

Essential Skills

Candidates for this challenging role will need to demonstrate:

The ability to take difficult but fair decisions in high profile and controversial circumstances;

The ability to build relationships and broker consensus between senior stakeholders and opposing views; and

The ability to demonstrate personal integrity, professional conduct and credibility, with an exceptional sense of propriety.

In addition, candidates for the Chair role need to be able to show a strong track record of leadership, and the ability to broker consensus between senior stakeholders and opposing views.

Additional Information

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the principle of appointment on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all. All application summary forms, CVs and personal statements received by the closing date will be acknowledged and put before a duly constituted Advisory Assessment Panel.

The Panel will short list candidates to be invited to interview and then make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who in turn may wish to meet those candidates recommended for appointment to each position before deciding whom to appoint.

How to Apply

In the current circumstances, we are unable to accept hard copy applications by post for this competition. Applications must therefore be sent by email to:

The closing date for applications is Friday 2 October 2020.

For your application to be properly considered by the Selection Panel you must return:
● The completed application summary form, including your personal statement;
● A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities); and
● Monitoring Questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the campaign, please email the campaign coordinator at

Parades Commission for Northern Ireland Candidate Information Booklet 2020
Parades Commission for Northern Ireland Application Summary Form
Parades Commission for Northern Ireland Diversity Monitoring Form
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