The Labour Relations Agency exists to improve employment relations, promote best employment practice and resolve workplace disputes through the delivery of quality, impartial and independent services

We are a publicly funded body established by the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, and continued by the Industrial Relations Order (Northern Ireland) 1992.  We are independent of, but accountable to, the Department for the Economy.

The Agency is overseen by an independent Board, comprising members with business, trade union, employment law, and academic backgrounds.  Board members are public appointments, appointed by the Minister for the Economy.

We employ over 70 people who operate from two locations – our Head Office in Belfast and a Regional Office in Derry/Londonderry.  

Our vision and values

VISION: To be widely recognised as Northern Ireland’s leading authority in promoting productive working relationships for the benefit of individuals and organisations and to support the creation of a thriving and inclusive economy. 


Progressive: Forward thinking, outward looking, and creative in seeking better ways to support the economy;

Ethical: Always acting with integrity, impartiality and utmost professionalism, and demonstrating openness and accountability;

Exemplary: Challenging ourselves to be the best we can be and a role model in employment relations; and,

Responsive: Listening to our staff and customers and adapting to ensure services meet our customers’ needs.

Gordon Milligan Chair

Don Leeson Chief Executive

Why the Labour Relations Agency is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

We are committed to diversity and see this as an opportunity to provide valuable experience to those who may not otherwise have felt confident in seeking a seat on a board.

We hosted successful apprenticeships in 2017-18, 2019-20, 2021-21 and 2021-22, and are keen to repeat the experience.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Head Office, Belfast (in-person subject to public health restrictions).  We are due to relocate to James House on the ‘Gasworks’ in Belfast in April 2022.

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Head Office, Belfast (in-person subject to public health restrictions).  We are due to relocate to James House on the ‘Gasworks’ in Belfast in April 2022.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

29/09; 27/10; 24/11; 15/12; 26/01; 23/02; and, 30/03.

Dates after March 2023 not yet scheduled.

Time: 10.00 to 12.30

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee: 19/09; 05/12; and,06/03

Finance and Personnel Committee: 01/11; and, 07/02.

Dates after March 2022 not yet scheduled.

Times: 10.00 to 12.00