Sir Malcolm McKibbin

Part of: About the Executive Office

Sir McKibbin took up his post as Head of the Civil Service on 17 October 2011.

Role and responsibilities of the Head of the Civil Service

Sir Malcolm McKibbin is Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) and leads more than 27,000 civil servants. He is also Permanent Secretary of the Executive Office and Secretary to the Northern Ireland Executive. In these roles, he is the most senior adviser to the First Minister and the deputy First Minister.

As Head of the Civil Service Sir McKibbin has primary leadership responsibility for creating, developing and sustaining the NICS as an organisation which serves the devolved administration, the institutions of government and the people of Northern Ireland through the provision of high quality, cost effective services.

Head of the Civil Service Dr Malcolm McKibbin

Sir McKibbin’s main duties and responsibilities are:

  • Guiding the strategic direction of the NICS as an organisation
  • Overseeing delivery of the Executive’s Programme for Government
  • Representing NI at the highest level across the UK and abroad
  • Chair of the Permanent Secretary Group
  • Secretary to the Executive
  • Principal policy adviser to the First Minister and deputy First Minister across the full range of government issues
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