The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has appointed Mr Chris Welch as a
Board Member of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). The appointment
will take effect from 1 August 2019 for a period of six months or until permanent
Board Member appointments are made, whichever is earlier.
In the absence of Northern Ireland Ministers, this appointment was made possible by
powers under the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions)
- The NIHE is a Non-Departmental Public Body, established by the Housing
Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Under this Act, the NIHE took over the
housing responsibilities of 65 separate authorities and became Northern Ireland’s
overall housing authority. It is currently landlord to approximately 86,500
dwellings and is one of Northern Ireland’s largest public sector organisations with
a budget of over £740m and a staff of approximately 2,700. The NIHE Board is
responsible for the efficient, effective and economic delivery of the Housing
Executive’s services. It determines policies within its overall aims and objectives
and makes decisions on operational and organisational strategies.
- The current remuneration for the position of a Board Member is £6,740 per
annum, with an expected time commitment of 1 day per month.
- This appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for
Public Appointments for Northern Ireland Code of Practice.
- All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the
selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for
Northern Ireland requires political activity of appointees to be published.
- Mr Welch has been a senior manager in six social housing providers,
including Acclaim Housing Group, through which he has experience of
contributing to planning and implementing strategy and operational responses.
He also has experience of leading strategic reviews, streamlining processes and
implementing improved management systems. He is a Trustee of Inspire North
and a former Trustee of York CVS. He holds no other public appointments and
has had no political activity during the last five years.