About the Department

The Department of Finance (DoF) aims to help the Northern Ireland Executive secure the most appropriate and effective use of resources and services for the benefit of the community. In pursuing this aim, the key objective of the Department is to deliver quality, cost effective and efficient public services and administration in the department’s areas of executive responsibility.

Organisation structure

The Permanent Secretary for the Department is David Sterling.

The Department is comprised of:

A copy of the DoF organisational chart is available to download.

Departmental Board

DoF is managed by the Departmental Board, which is chaired by the Permanent Secretary. The Board comprises twelve executive members and two Independent Board Members. 

Minutes of DoF's Departmental Board meetings are available at the following links: 

More details about the Department’s objectives, targets and organisational structure, including senior officials and Chief Executives, can be found in the DoF business plan

Financial management

DoF's Resource Accounts are prepared annually and present the financial results for the relevant financial year. The documents contain:

  • reports on corporate governance
  • statements of internal control
  • certificates of the Comptroller and Auditor General
  • annual remuneration reports
  • staff numbers and related costs
  • total travel and subsistence and hospitality costs

Gifts and hospitality 

The Department publishes a register of gifts and hospitality offered to DFP staff.

Business planning and reporting 

DoF's corporate and business plans set out the Department's commitments and strategic objectives.  The Department also publishes its performance against targets set out in the Departmental business plan.

Departmental policies and guidance

The Department publishes information on policies and procedures for delivering our services and conducting our business, including:

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