Press release

Appointment of new Civil Service Commissioner for Northern Ireland

Secretary of State announces appointment of a new member of the Civil Service Commission for NI


The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP today announced the appointment of Sinead Burns as a new member of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland.

The appointment will take effect on 8 March 2016.

Mrs Villiers said:

I am confident that Mrs Burns will make a valuable contribution to the work of the Civil Service Commissioners and I wish her well in this new role.

The Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland are independent of Government and the Northern Ireland Civil Service, and have a statutory responsibility to uphold selection on merit for appointments to the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). The Commissioners also hear appeals under the NICS Code of Ethics.

Biography of Appointee:

Sinead Burns is an Occupational Psychologist and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Sinead has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management gained within the public, private and charitable sectors. Sinead served as Commissioner for Judicial Appointments in Northern Ireland from 2005 until 2013. She is currently an Independent Assessor for the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPANI); Lay Magistrate and a Lay Representative within the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. Sinead is also Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland which regulates the pharmacy profession.

Terms of Appointment

Sinead Burns will take up appointment from 8 March 2016. Her appointment is for a five year term. The position attracts a remuneration of £300 per day.

This is a Crown Appointment.

Political Activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity in defined categories within the last five years to be made public.

The appointee has declared no such political activity in the past five years.

Published 12 February 2016