Secretariat

The Northern Ireland Assembly employs staff (the Secretariat) to support its work. The Secretariat is divided into six strands; the Chief Executive’s Office, Information and Outreach, Resources, Properties, Legal and Governance Service and Clerking. There is more information available on the configuration of the Secretariat in the Organisation Chart.

Secretariat Management Group

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.

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Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee

The Assembly Commission established the Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee (SARC) to support the Chief Executive (in his role as Accounting Officer) and the Assembly Commission and Secretariat Management Group in monitoring their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance by reviewing the comprehensiveness of assurances in meeting the organisation’s assurance needs and reviewing the reliability and integrity of these assurances.

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