Public Appointments Annual Report for Northern Ireland, 2017/18

Date published: 30 September 2020

The Public Appointments Annual Report published by The Executive Office today presents data on public appointments in Northern Ireland between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. It includes information on applications received and appointments made in this period; and public appointments held on 31 March 2018.

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Key findings of the report include:


  • There were 942 applications for public appointments in 2017/18.
  • Gender was not known for 18% of applications received. 43% of all applications, where gender is known, were from females.
  • In terms of Board Positions, 42% of Member applications, 45% of Chair applications and 47% of Board of Governor applications were from females.

Appointments Made

  • Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, Departments made a total of 183 public appointments.
  • Gender is known for 96% of appointments made. Of these appointments, 47% were to females.

Appointments held

  • At 31 March 2018, 929 public appointments were held (858 Board Members and Vice-Chairs; and 71 Chairs).
  • Gender is known for 55% of Appointments Held; of these appointments, 38% were held by females.

The report is available on the Statistics and Research Branch section of The Executive Office website.

Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

Christine Fairfield – Assistant Statistician
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Block 2 | Knockview Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SJ

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