Competition launched for Chair and Board Members for Probation Board for Northern Ireland

Date published: 21 October 2021

The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a Chair and 12 Board Members for the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI).

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The Probation Board was established under the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982 and is a Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department of Justice.

The role of the Probation Board is to help make communities safer by challenging and changing the behavior of people who have offended. PBNI carries out a wide range of functions, from the provision of assessments and reports to the courts to working directly with prisoners preparing them for their subsequent resettlement in the community.

The Chair of the Board will be expected to provide strategic leadership and direction and will work closely with the Chief Executive. Board Members will support the Chair and their responsibilities will also include ensuring that PBNI complies with all statutory requirements for the use of public resources.

The Chair and Board members are appointed for a term of three years.

We encourage people from all sections of the community to apply and would particularly welcome applicants from an ethnic minority background, those who have a disability and women, as they are currently under represented on the Board.

Remuneration for the Board Chair is £33,010 per annum and a minimum of 2 days per week

Remuneration for the Board Member £5,050 per annum and a minimum of 25 days per annum.

Applications close at noon on Friday 12th November 2021.

Watch: Judith Gillespie speaks of her experience being a Board Member


Notes to editors: 

  1.  The statutory role of the Probation Board is set out at the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.
  2.  A candidate information pack and application form are available at the publication section of this website
  3.  Copies are also available as follows:
    By emailing or
    By telephoning 02890 520114.
  4.  It is anticipated that the Chair and Board members will be appointed from March 2022.
  5.  Further details on these roles are contained in the Candidate Information Pack, which should be read in conjunction with the press advertisement. The Candidate Information Pack and Application Form can be provided in alternative formats and applicants requiring assistance will be facilitated on request.
  6.  The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit, with openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.
  7.  Media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office via email at:
  8.  The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours’ service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted out of hours on 028 9037 8110.


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