Launch of recruitment competition for the Chair to the Board of Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC)

Date published: 01 September 2020

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Minister Nichola Mallon has announced a recruitment campaign to appoint a Chair to Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC).

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The Translink Group consists of a Public Corporation, the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC) which owns and controls seven private limited subsidiary companies (together referred to as the Group or Translink). They are Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider.

Minister Mallon said:

“Working in partnership with me and my Department, the role of the Chair will be to provide strategic leadership to the Board of Translink and its Executive Team, ensuring that the organisation is operating efficiently and effectively and that growth in public transport can be sustained and improved. This is now even more important as we emerge from recovery and build towards a low carbon and greener future for our public transport network.

“I would encourage anyone who considers that they meet the criteria for the post and has a genuine desire to make a contribution to the work of NITHC to apply. I will welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. I believe diversity strengthens boards and adds to the good governance of public bodies.”

The time commitment for the post will be approximately four business days per month. The Chair will be expected to attend all Board meetings and other ad hoc meetings as required. The Chair will receive remuneration of £36,061 per annum (under review) and reasonable travel and subsistence costs.

The appointment will be effective as soon as practical after the Minister for Infrastructure has made her selection of appointee and will run for a period of four years.

You can access the competition documents, including the Candidate Information Booklet which provides details of the role and competition criteria at: NI Direct or DfI Public Appointments.

Alternatively contact the DfI Public Appointments Unit:

Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community.

Women, younger people, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority communities are currently under-represented on DfI Boards. Applications from members of these groups would be particularly welcome. 



Notes to editors: 

  1. DfI is running the recruitment competition in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Northern Ireland (CPANI) Code of Practice.
  2. The appointment will be made on merit and political activity will play no part in the selection process.
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at:
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hour’s service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.


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