The Chief Executives’ Forum is an umbrella body for the Chief Executives and senior staff of public sector bodies in Northern Ireland, covering the civil service and its executive agencies, local government and non-departmental public bodies. In total it has some 100 organisations in membership and more than 500 individual and associate members.

The Forum’s key purpose is to facilitate interaction, cooperation and shared learning between senior staff across the public sector.  The Forum delivers a diverse programme of events, training, research projects and networking initiatives involving its members in the public sector and key stakeholders from across the private sector, the third sector, academia and professional bodies.

The Forum was established in 1991, and over time, it has evolved and refined its business model to enable it to respond to the changing needs and challenges of its members.

'CEF's Strategic Purpose'

To support Northern Ireland's public sector leadership to achieve improved outcomes by building trust, understanding, learning and collaboration across the public sector.

CEF's Strategic Priorities:

To support CEF's members in developing highly effective leadership teams, reflective of society and fit for the challenges facing the public sector.

To promote and facilitate collaboration and innovation between public sector bodies and with private sector, community and voluntary sectors and academia.

To provide access to topical and timely briefings on local, national and international developments and good practice relevant to the management and delivery of public services.

To provide opportunities for public sector leaders to build networks; to share knowledge and experience and to debate common challenges.

To achieve value for money for membership contributions, in line with public sector best practice.

We do this by:

  1. Encouraging, facilitating and promoting good practice with respect to the management and delivery of public services;
  2. Providing for the ongoing association of the Chief Executive Officers of government departments, local authorities, statutory agencies and other public authorities and statutory officials based in and or operating in Northern Ireland;
  3. Being constituted as an interagency forum within which Chief Executive Officers, other key officials and decision-makers can explore, develop and support new ideas and ways of delivering public services;
  4. Facilitating and providing for the discussion of public policy issues and encouraging fresh thinking and innovation in the management and delivery of public service;
  5. Commissioning research into and study of matters relating to the funding, organization, management, operation and delivery of public services;
  6. Encouraging, facilitating and supporting effective communication, collaboration and joint working between public bodies to improve and develop public service delivery mechanisms;
  7. Encouraging, promoting, supporting and otherwise provide for the development of those in senior executive and non-executive positions who lead and direct the work of public authorities;
  8. Bringing together and co-ordinating the efforts of groups, organizations, companies and individuals concerned or interested in the attainment of the Chief Executives’ Forum



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David Sterling


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Board Members

Gina mcintyre

Gina McIntyre

Chief Executive, SEUPB

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Mairead mccafferty

Mairead McCafferty

Chief Executive, NICCY

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Jacqueline Irwin

Chief Executive, NI Community Relations Council

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Richard pengelly

Richard Pengelly

Chief Executive, Education Authority

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Roger wilson

Roger Wilson

Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

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John kelpie

John Kelpie

Chief Executive, Derry City and Strabane District Council

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Grainia long

Grainia Long

Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Housing Executive

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M bloomfield

Michael Bloomfield

Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

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Pamela mccreedy

Pamela McCreedy

Chief Operating Officer, Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Ian Snowden

Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy

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Anne dickson

Anne Dickson

Executive Director

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Catherine o'hanlon

Catherine O'Hanlon

Administrative Officer

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Jane McDowell

Business Manager

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