Chairperson appointed to Civil Service Pension Board

Date published: 20 October 2020

The Department of Finance has announced the appointment of Mr Bumper Graham as the new Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Pension Board.

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The Board was established on 1st April 2015 in accordance with the Public Service Pension Act (NI) 2014. It assists the Department in achieving compliance with the pension scheme regulations and other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the scheme and requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator.

Mr Bumper Graham took up the position on 29 September 2020 for a period of three years. 

Further information on the Pension Board including its terms of reference and a full list of its members are available on the Civil Service Pensions website.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Graham retired as Deputy General Secretary of NIPSA in 2018 after 35 years as a full-time NIPSA official. Prior to his appointment as Chairperson he was an employee representative of the NICS Pensions Board and member of the NICS Pension Scheme Advisory Board.  Until late 2018 he served as Deputy Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee; likewise is a member of the LGPS (NI) Pension Scheme Advisory Board. He has declared that he has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years and that he is a member of the Local Government Staff Commission.
  1. The constitution of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Pension Board is set out in the Act and The Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014.  The Board comprises of 9 members made up of one third employee representatives, one third employer representatives and one third to cover Chairperson and non-executive representatives.
  1. The Chairperson appointment commenced on 29 September 2020 for a three-year term (unless terminated before that time).  The appointment can be extended for a further two years on the approval of the Scheme Manager. 
  1. The daily rate of remuneration for the position will be £404 plus travel and subsistence allowances.
  1. 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 (while this is not a “Public Appointment” the selection and appointment process for this position has closely adhered to the principles and practices of Departmental guidance on Public Appointments).
  1. For more information on public appointments, including latest vacancies, advice on applying and what to expect when you become a public appointee, visit nidirect.
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