The Department for the Economy (DfE) was established in May 2016. Its responsibilities include:

  • wider economic policy, including specific areas like Energy, Tourism and Telecoms
  • the operation of a range of employment and skills programmes
  • oversight and funding of the further and higher education sectors
  • various aspects of employment law
  • the management and operation of various EU funding programmes

The Departmental Board is chaired by the Permanent Secretary and manages the Department within the strategic policy and resources framework set by the Minister for the Economy. It supports the Permanent Secretary by providing collective leadership and taking ownership of the Department’s performance.

The Department’s Deputy Secretaries are members of the Board and are responsible for the following groups:

  • EU Exit – Preparation and Transition
  • ​Economic Strategy
  • Management Services and Regulation
  • Skills and Education
  • Energy

Mike Brennan Chair

Why the DfE Departmental Board is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“To provide experience to someone who would not otherwise be afforded that opportunity and to assist in ensuring that there is a diverse and sustainable pool of capable board-ready candidates for public appointment which is more reflective of our society.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Currently virtual.  Usually in Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast. 

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

The fourth Thursday every month, except December, from 10.30 to 12.30 

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

Not yet set but likely to be: 

24 September 2021

28 October 2021

25 November 2021

27 January 2022

24 February 2022

24 March 2022

28 April 2022

26 May 2022

23 June 2022

28 July 2022

25 August 2022

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

Not Applicable