The Assembly Commission is the corporate body of the Northern Ireland Assembly. It consists of an MLA from each of the five main parties, plus the Speaker of the House who acts as Chairperson, and its role is to oversee the organisation and to provide services, structures and property in order for the Assembly to function.
The Northern Ireland Assembly employs staff (the Secretariat) to support its work. The Secretariat is divided into six strands; the Director-General’s Office, Clerking & Reporting, Corporate Services, Facilities, Information & Outreach and Legal & Governance Services. There is more information available on the configuration of the Secretariat in the Organisation Chart.
The Secretariat Management Group (SMG) is the top-level leadership and management forum in the Assembly Secretariat. Its primary role is to ensure the effective delivery of the Assembly Commission’s Corporate Plan.
SMG also has responsibility for advising and supporting the Clerk/ Director General in the exercise of his duties. This includes advice and support on the strategic direction and overall management of the Assembly Secretariat. In addition to this advisory and support role, SMG also fulfils a leadership role across each of the Directorates which includes the co-ordination and delivery of cross-Directorate activities. SMG has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategy, management of risk, and oversight of performance including financial performance and service delivery. Find out more...
Minutes of SMG meetings, which are held monthly, can be accessed here.