Exceptional leader sought for PSNI Chief Constable position

09 April 2019

Anne Connolly

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has moved forward on the appointment of a new Chief Constable with the advertisement of the post.

Speaking about the role, Board Chair Anne Connolly said:

“This position carries significant leadership, operational and representative responsibilities and the Board is looking for an exceptional leader with an ability to drive and deliver organisational change to meet existing and future challenges.

Policing is one of Northern Ireland’s most important public services with the community rightly expecting the highest standards from its officers and staff. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and further developing the PSNI as a highly professional organisation.

We are looking for a Chief Constable who will bring a strong vision for service delivery to the community, have a proven track record in leading change in a complex environment, have an ability to build strong relationships and be able to demonstrate delivering results through the development of operational policing plans which support building trust and confidence within the service and across the community.

The PSNI is a multi-million pound organisation with just under 10,000 police officers and staff. The Chief Constable position requires sound business skills and acumen and the successful candidate will have a record of delivering integrated organisational strategies and plans that inspire confidence and make best use of officers and staff, technology, transport and estates. 

The job will be challenging but rewarding. It offers the opportunity to lead a service that is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for its high policing standards. This is an exciting opportunity to build on the achievements of the PSNI and shape the service for future years.

As a Board we want our policing service to be representative of the community it serves. We welcome applications from all chief officers who believe they possess the range of skills, abilities and capabilities for this key post. Applications are particularly welcome from the Roman Catholic community, women and members of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups, as they are currently under-represented at senior levels in the PSNI.”

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 7 May 2019.


For further information, please contact the Policing Board's Communications Branch on 07801 738795

 Notes to Editors

  1. All information regarding the Chief Constable appointment can be found at https://www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/chief-constable-recruitment
  2. The appointment of a new Chief Constable is made by the Policing Board in accordance with Section 35 of the Police (NI) Act 2000. As a result of an NI Executive not being formed and a Justice Minister appointed, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland introduced the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 in November 2018 which provides for senior officer appointments to be made to the PSNI.  
  3. The salary for this position is in accordance with nationally agreed Chief Officers pay. This is currently £207,489 per annum plus benefits.
  4. The appointment panel will comprise: Board Chair Anne Connolly, John Blair MLA, Alan Chambers MLA, Linda Dillon MLA, Dolores Kelly MLA, Colm McKenna, Wendy Osborne and Mervyn Storey MLA.

Notes to Editors ends