The aim of the Community Relations Council (CRC) is:

  • Promoting a peaceful and shared society based on reconciliation and mutual trust.

The Community Relations Council was established in 1990 to lead and support change towards reconciliation, tolerance and mutual trust. The Community Relations Council is an Arms’ Length Body of The Executive Office (TEO), a Department of the Northern Ireland Executive, and a catalyst for good inter-community and inter-cultural community relations work in the region.

CRC is funded by TEO and the organisation assists in the implementation of the Executives Good Relations Strategy – Together: Building a United Community.

The organisation works to identify and develop effective approaches to peace-building and reconciliation in partnership with local people and organisations, and with central and local government.

The Community Relations Council has developed its governance structures in line with Managing Public Money Northern Ireland (MPMNI) and The Good Governance Standard for Public Services.

Martin McDonald Chair

Jacqueline Irwin Chief Executive

Why NI Community Relations Council is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

NICRC would like to provide the opportunity for an individual to gain practical experience of the workings of a Board.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Currently via Zoom.  When pandemic restrictions allow:

Community Relations Council
7-9 Shaftesbury Square
Belfast BT2 7DP
Northern Ireland

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

NICRC’s Board meetings take place every 6 weeks, starting 10:30am and running until approximately 3pm.

NICRC’s Audit and Risk Committee take place every 6 weeks, starting at 11am and running until approximately 12:30pm

NICRC’s Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings quarterly.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

23/09/2022, 20/10/2022, 15/12/2022, 26/01/2023, 9/03/2023, 20/04/2023, 1/06/2023

Dates are subject to change

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

Please note that these dates may be subject to change:

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

  • 25 October 2022
  • 31 January 2023

Organisational Development and Human Resources Committee

  • 08 September 2022
  • 14 December 2022
  • 01 March 2023

Finance and Business Strategy Committee

  • 01 November 2022
  • 28 February 2023

Science Strategy Committee

  • 04 October 2022
  • 09 December 2022
  • 20 February 2022

Oversight and Governance Committee

  • 14 September 2022
  • 30 November 2022
  • 15 March 2023

Dates for April 2023 – August 2023 are yet to be set