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SIB Specialist Strategic Support for our Partners – Strategic Support Unit (SSU)

The Strategic Support Unit in SIB is a unique ‘demand-led’ service within the NI public sector, providing a team of specialist advisers who are available to provide expert assistance to both central and local government, and their bodies.

Our associate staff are accountants and economists, architects, civil engineers, transport specialists, and procurement and commercial experts. Their backgrounds include major accountancy, consultancy and design firms and they have many years of senior experience.

Our assignments tend to be short-term projects requiring specialist input and expertise, with clear agreed terms of reference and deliverable outcomes.

SIB’s work in supporting public sector partners through the use of specialist Associate staff has been ongoing since 2011, and the unit now comprises 25 team members. The projects vary both in nature and scale across the public sector with over 100 assignments being completed annually by the team.

The overarching aim of the SSU is to provide short-term specialist support within the public sector, promoting best value for money for the public purse and helping our partners to achieve their project outcomes. We do not bid for work, however, as a self-funding unit within SIB, all services are hard charged at full cost recovery, with budgets agreed at the commencement of each new engagement.

Further information:

For an initial discussion regarding your project requirements please contact

Kenny Knox: Kenny.knox@sibni.org

By sending through the following contact information:

Your name:

Your email:

Project title:

Brief description of project and support requirements:


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