The Department of Health today announces the Appointment of a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS)

Date published: 26 February 2019

The appointment of Mr Jim Dennison as a Non-Executive Director will commence on 1 March 2019 and will run for a maximum period of 4 years.

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This appointment attracts a remuneration of £6,141 per annum and carries a time commitment of 3 days per month.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI.

The Board of NIAS is made up of five Executive and five Non-Executive Directors plus a Non-Executive Chair. 

The role of the NIAS Board is to:

  • Set the strategic direction of NIAS within the overall policies and priorities of the Health and Personal Social Services , define its annual and longer term objectives, and agree plans to achieve them;
  • Oversee the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against objectives and ensuring corrective action is taken where necessary;
  • Ensure effective financial stewardship through value for money , budgetary control, planning and strategy;
  • Ensure high standards of corporate governance and personal behaviour are maintained in the conduct of the business of the whole organisation;
  • Appoint, appraise and remunerate Senior Executives; and
  • Ensure that there is effective dialogue and communications between NIAS and the local community on its plans and performance, and that these are responsive to the community’s needs.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Jim Dennison is Chief Executive of Simon Community, Northern Ireland’s leading homeless charity, supporting over 3,000 people every year across 22 projects throughout the region. He has held this post since January 2014.

    Prior to this role, Jim held roles in both housing and community relations/development. Jim was Head of Operations at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) – a professional membership body supporting those who work in housing and homelessness. He was also the Director of European Programmes at the NI Community Relations Council for nine years where he oversaw the investment of EU Structural Funds into peacebuilding work across Northern Ireland.

    Jim holds an Honours Degree in Politics from the Queen’s University of Belfast and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Regional and Local Development from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
  2. 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 the political activity of appointees to be published. Mr Dennison declared he had not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.
  3. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office team on 028 9052 0579 or email  Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.
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