Membership of CEF brings with it access to your peers across Northern Ireland’s public service. Our members span central government, local government and the Arm’s Length Bodies that deliver services on their behalf.

The Forum offers a network that facilitates opportunities to learn about the latest best practice; updates on policy developments and an understanding of what is influencing public policy development. Our events and networking opportunities enable members to broaden their networks, learn from each other and from outside experts and to help create solutions to the issues common to all public sector leaders. We bring national and international speakers relevant to the challenges facing local public sector leaders, as well as providing a platform to showcase local best practice, enabling us to learn from each other.

We work to provide access to thought leadership in issues ranging from personal and organisational resilience to technological and digital development; tackling workplace issues; driving and delivering transformation and keeping up to date on the latest guidance on governance and accountability.

In addition to our briefings which are free of charge and exclusive to members, the Forum offers a range of programmes bespoke to our members in the Northern Ireland public sector. These include Public Accountability and Governance seminars; the Building Inclusive Leaders programme for women at senior levels in their organisation and ‘Making the Soundbite Count’ a media training programmes bespoke for senior public sector leaders in Northern Ireland. We have recently added a suite of NLP-based leadership programmes, firmly based in the outcomes-based approach of the Programme for Government. Each of these programmes are available to book at discounted rates for CEF members. Additional programmes designed for individual organisations are available on request.

Criteria for Membership

Membership is open to all organisations within the Northern Ireland public sector. To find out more contact: (opens in new tab).

Members Directory

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  • Authority


    Barry Neilson
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
    David Jackson
  • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
    Frances McCandless
  • Children's Court Guardian Agency for NI
    Dawn Shaw
  • Civil Service Commissioners
    Deirdre Toner
  • Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta
    Maria Thomasson
  • Commission for Victims & Survivors
    Andrew Sloan
  • Commission for Victims of Crime
    Geraldine Hanna
  • Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland
    Evelyn Hoy
  • Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse
    Fiona Ryan
  • Community Relations Council
    Jacqueline Irwin
  • Consumer Council for Northern Ireland
    Noyona Chundur
  • Council for Catholic Maintained Schools
    Eve Bremner
  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
    Gerry Campbell
  • Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland
    James Corrigan
  • Crown Solicitor's Office
    Jenny Bell