||<p>The appointment of a new Director General to support the Secretary of State for
Northern Ireland and Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office was a Northern
Ireland Office initiative, made in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines and with
established protocols for Senior Civil Service appointments at this grade. This appointment
was approved by the Civil Service Senior Leadership Committee and Cabinet Secretary.
Roles, responsibilities and salaries of the senior management team are published in
the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>