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.
The Permanent Secretary for the Department is Neil Gibson.
The Department is comprised of:
- Public Spending Directorate
- Construction and Procurement Delivery
- Land & Property Services
- Enterprise Shared Services
- Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
- Strategic Policy and Reform Directorate
- Departmental Solicitor’s Office
- NICS HR
- People and Organisational Development
- Communications and Engagement Division
- Finance and Corporate Services Division
- NICS Internal Audit
The Departmental Board is chaired by the Permanent Secretary and manages the Department within the strategic policies and resources framework set by the Minister. It supports the Permanent Secretary by providing collective leadership and taking ownership of the Department’s performance. The Board comprises twelve executive members and three Non Executive Board Members.
Minutes of DoF's Departmental Board meetings are available at the following links:
- DoF Departmental Board minutes 2022
- DoF Departmental Board minutes 2021
- DoF Departmental Board minutes 2020
More details about the Department’s objectives, targets and organisational structure, including senior officials and Chief Executives, can be found in the DoF Departmental business plan.
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 DoF staff.
Business planning and reporting
DoF's Departmental business plan sets out the Department's commitments and strategic objectives.
Departmental policies and guidance
The Department publishes information on policies and procedures for delivering our services and conducting our business, including:
- DoF Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) policy
- DoF policy and framework for risk management
- DoF data protection policy