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Anthony Harbinson - FSA Board member for Northern Ireland and Chair of the NI Food Advisory Committee

Outlines the professional history of our Board Members and gives details of any business interests they may have in order to ensure transparency.

Last updated: 31 August 2022
Anthony Harbinson

Anthony Harbinson retired from the Northern Ireland Civil Service as Permanent Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in July 2022 following 37 years in public service. A Chartered Certified Accountant by qualification he began his career in the Northern Ireland Electricity Service before moving into the Northern Ireland Health and Personal Social Services for 15 years in a range Director Post’s covering areas such as Finance, Planning, HR, ICT, Estates and Contracting, in a range of various health bodies, including the Ambulance Service, Primary Care and Acute Hospital Trusts.

In 2001 he joined the Civil Service and spent the next five years as Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions designing and implementing the new Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland before moving to the Northern Ireland Office where he spent three years as Director of Resources.  In 2010 he joined the newly formed Northern Ireland Department of Justice where he initially served as Director of Justice Delivery, then Director of Safer Communities and finally as Director of Access to Justice and Chief Executive of the NI Courts and Tribunal Service.

He is also a former Global President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the world’s largest Global Accountancy Body and the Chair of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB), the umbrella groups of chartered professional bodies of British qualified chartered accountants.

Personal Interests

  • Walking
  • Cooking
  • Charity Work

Consultancies and/or direct employment


Fee-paid work

None at moment.


None at moment but I will be placing the bulk of my retirement lump sum with an invest management company once received but I will have no direct shareholdings other than thought the invest funds.

Clubs and other organisations

Treasurer and Member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Irish Lieutenancy.


Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Indirect support

Member of the Irish Episcopal Conference Finance and General Purposes Committee.


Trustee of the ACCA Staff Pension Scheme.

Land and property

I have a main home and a holiday home both in Northern Ireland.

Other public appointments


Other non-personal interests

  • Non Executive Board Member of Nazareth Care Ireland – a nursing home charity run by a religious order.
  • Non Executive Director of Richmond Fellowship Ireland (trading as Threshold) – A mental health charity.