Launch of recruitment competition for Nine Non-Executive Members for the Board of Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Date published: 04 August 2020


The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Minister Nichola Mallon has announced a recruitment campaign to appoint nine Non-Executive Members to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Board

Belfast Harbour Commissioners recruitment launch 2020

Belfast Harbour is a leading Trust Port and Northern Ireland's principal maritime gateway and key economic hub for logistics, trade and tourism, serving the Northern Ireland economy and increasingly that of the Republic of Ireland.

Minister Mallon said:

“These are important strategic posts for BHC. The Belfast Port handles around 70% of Northern Ireland's seaborne imports and exports and around a quarter of the entire island's seaborne trade, moving more than 24 million tonnes of cargo per annum and receiving circa 5,800 vessels each year.

“I am firmly of the belief that boards work best when their membership is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and skills.  The evidence points to diversity in both board composition and in decision-making being a key element of good governance. I would therefore encourage anyone who considers that they meet the criteria for the posts and have a genuine desire to make a contribution to the work of the Port to apply.”

The time commitment for the post will be approximately 2 business days per month. The Members will be expected to attend all Board meetings and other ad hoc meetings as required. The remuneration is £14,716 and includes reasonable travel and subsistence costs.

The appointment will be effective from 1 April 2021 and will run for a period of up to four years.

You can access the competition documents, including the Candidate Information Booklet which provides details of the role and competition criteria at: or at:

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 appointments will be made on merit and political activity will play no part in the selection process.
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