NIPEC was established in 2002 under the Health and Personal Social Services Act (2002) as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Department of Health NI. NIPEC’s statutory responsibilities are:

To promote:

  • high standards of practice among nurses and midwives;
  • high standards of education and learning for nurses and midwives;
  • professional development of nurses and midwives;

and provide:

    • guidance on best practice for nurses and midwives;
    • advice and information on matters relating to nursing and midwifery;


NIPEC aims to further promote the highest standards of practice, education and professional development of nurses and midwives to facilitate the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate, person-centred care and services.


Our vision, co-produced with stakeholders and the public, is leading and inspiring nurses and midwives to achieve and uphold excellence in professional practice.

Bronagh Scott Chair

Linda Kelly Chief Executive

Why NIPEC is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

NIPEC have previously experienced difficulties in attracting members to apply to sit on the Council and additionally, the Council has not held a diverse membership with regards to background.

A current member who had previously undertaken the Boardroom Apprentice Programme has spoken of the positive experience it offered and how it allowed her to learn about life on a board.  By actively engaging in board meetings, she gained insight and developed the necessary experience and skills which enabled her to apply and be successful in joining NIPEC’s Council.  Therefore, NIPEC would be keen to afford the same opportunity to another apprentice which we believe would also help to further develop the skills of current members. The individual would be mentored by a Board ‘Buddy’  who would be able to guide them around the robust governance structures NIPEC has in place as a HSC Arms’ Length Body.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

NIPEC Council and Committees meet in the organisation’s Headquarters located at:

4th Floor

James House

2-4 Cromac Avenue



Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

NIPEC Council meets 4 times per annum, normally in March, June, September and December.  Meetings take place on a Wednesday afternoon between 2.00 and 5.00pm.

The Audit & Risk Committee also meets 4 times per annum, normally in February, May, June and October. Meetings take place on a Tuesday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

The Remuneration Committee normally meets on the same day as a Council meeting, either directly before or after.  Frequency of the meetings is not normally more than 2 per annum.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2023 – August 2024)

  • 20th September 2023 @ 2.00pm
  • 6th December 2023 @ 2.00pm
  • March 2024 – date tbc
  • June 2024 – date tbc

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2023 – August 2024)

  • 10th October 2023 @ 10.30am
  • February 2024 – date tbc
  • May 2024 – date tbc
  • June 2024 – date tbc