Welcome from the Commissioner


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, staff within the Commissioner for Public Appointments will, generally, be working from home. Whilst this might have some impact on the timescale of response to correspondence, the usual communication lines will remain open and the Office can be contacted on 028 905 24820 or info@publicappointmentsni.org

Welcome to the website of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The Commissioner is the guardian of the processes used by Northern Ireland Executive Ministers to make public appointments on merit.

Public bodies, and their boards, play an important role in the lives of the people of Northern Ireland. All of us living here benefit from the essential services they provide: in health provision, in education, in policing and justice, in economic and social development matters and right across the spectrum of Government services. My role as a regulator is to ensure that the best people get appointed to public bodies free of personal and political patronage.

It is important that every citizen who wishes to serve on the Boards of Northern Ireland's public bodies and has skills or experience to contribute is given the opportunity to put her/himself forward for appointment. My office is committed to ensuring that each Northern Ireland Executive Department has in place excellent processes for attracting and assessing a wide range of candidates; that those processes are fairly and openly applied to every public appointment and that each appointment is truly made on merit.

My Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments (PDF 320KB) is the code that all Northern Ireland Departments must follow in making public appointments. It is designed to provide Ministers with a choice of high quality candidates from a strong and diverse field.

This website provides information on my role and the role of the Commissioner's office. It keeps you up to date with the news on public appointments and alerts you to relevant reports and publications. You will also find results of audits and investigations conducted by my office and information on how to make a complaint about a public appointment.

I hope you find the website helpful.

Judena Leslie

If you have comments or suggestions on the website or on any matter relating to public appointments, please let us have them on info@publicappointmentsni.org. We take your input seriously.