View more information about the Assembly Secretariat (the staff of the Assembly).
The Northern Ireland Assembly employs staff (the Secretariat) to support its work. The Secretariat is divided into five strands; the Corporate Support Office and the Corporate Services, Facilities, Legal and Governance Services And Parliamentary Services Directorates. 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.
Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee
The Assembly Commission established the Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee (SARC) to support the Clerk /Chief Executive (in her 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.