Press release

Applications invited for appointment to the Parades Commission

The government is seeking to recruit a Chair and 4 new members to the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The Parades Commission for Northern Ireland is an executive non-departmental public body, accountable through the Chair to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

The Commission was set up in 1997. Its powers and duties are found in the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

Personal Specification

We are now looking for a Chair and 4 members of the Commission. These are demanding roles and outstanding individuals are sought. People who can:

  • command the confidence of all sides of the community in Northern Ireland
  • act in controversial situations and determine courses of action
  • assess the probability of future events
  • make clear and well informed judgements

Further details of the responsibilities and skills required are contained in the appointments information pack. This information is available on request in other formats.

Terms of appointment

The Chair and member positions are part-time and will commence on 1 January 2014 for a term of up to 3 years. However, this term of office may be brought to an early end if alternative parading arrangements are forthcoming.

The position of Chair attracts a fixed annual remuneration of £50k. Members will receive £22k.

How to apply

Those interested in applying should download the application pack from the Cabinet Office’s public appointments website.

Application packs can also be obtained by telephoning 028 9076 5497 or by emailing

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 8 November 2013.

The selection panel will be chaired by a Public Appointments Assessor and will include an independent member. The appointments process will be conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.

This competition may be used to fill further vacancies should they arise.

Equality of Opportunity

Appointments will be made on merit and with regard to the equality provisions set out in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Applications are strongly encouraged from all sections of the community.

Published 21 October 2013