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Welcome from the Commissioner

Welcome to the website of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.
I was appointed on 1st August 2011. My job is to be the guardian of the processes used to make Ministerial public appointments. I am independent of Government in that guardianship role.
With a small team of officers, I will work to ensure that all public appointments are made on merit, in a fair and open manner, and that opportunities to serve on the boards of public bodies are open to the widest possible field of candidates.
Public bodies, and their boards, play a vital role in the lives of the people of Northern Ireland; in health provision, in education, in policing and justice, in economic and social development matters and right across the spectrum of Government services.
It is important that every citizen who wishes to contribute to the working of those bodies, who has skills or experience to contribute and who has the motivation to serve, is given the opportunity to put his/herself  forward for appointment. My team and I are committed to ensuring that each Government Department has in place effective and efficient processes for recruitment and appointment and that those processes are fairly and openly applied to every public appointment.
This website provides information on the Commissioner, his role and his office.
  • It keeps you up to date with the news on public appointments and alerts you to relevant reports and publications.
  • It gives you the results of audits and investigations conducted by the Commissioner.
  • It lets you know how to seek information or make a complaint to the Commissioner.
  • It lets you know what you should do if you are interested in a public appointment.
I hope you find the website helpful.
If you have comments or suggestions on the website or on any matter relating to public appointments, please let us have them on We take your input seriously.
The Commissioner's 'Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments' is the code that all Government Departments must follow in making public appointments. It is updated from time to time to reflect the latest legislation and best practice.
You can access the current version of the code by clicking on the book below.
Download the CPA NI Code of Practice version 4.1 (May 2015) pdf document. File Size 214kb. This link opens in a new window.
John Keanie