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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  • NI Fire & Rescue Service
    Aiden Jennings
  • NI Medical and Dental Training Agency
    Mark McCarey
  • NI Public Services Ombudsman
    Margaret Kelly
  • NI Screen
    Richard Williams
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
    Kathryn Thomson
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
    Marie Ward
  • North West Regional College
    Leo Murphy
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust
    Jennifer Welsh
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
    Michael Bloomfield
  • Northern Ireland Assembly
    Lesley Hogg
  • Northern Ireland Audit Office
    Dorinnia Carville
  • Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
    Karin Jackson
  • Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association Ltd
    Mark Graham
  • Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
    Mairead McCafferty
  • Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
    Peter Luney
  • Northern Ireland Environment Agency
    Paul Donnelly
  • Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority
    Kevin Quigley
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
    Grainia Long
  • Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission
    Tonya McCormac
  • Northern Ireland Local Government Association
    Alison Allen
  • Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee
    David Murphy
  • Northern Ireland Museums Council
    Johnathan Dalzell
  • Northern Ireland Office
    Julie Harrison
  • Northern Ireland Police Fund
    Kelly Robinson
  • Northern Ireland Policing Board
    Sinead Simpson
  • Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery
    Linda Kelly
  • Northern Ireland Prison Service
    Beverley Wall
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council
    Patricia Higgins
  • Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
    Philip Wales