Debbie Wright

Oct 312020

Chair - The Electoral Commission

Recruiter: The Electoral Commission
Location: UK-wide
Salary: £71,805 for two days per week, plus reasonable expenses
Posted: 29 Oct 2020
Closes: 20 Nov 2020
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

This role is a uniquely fascinating opportunity to have a direct and personal impact on the future of our democracy as the Electoral Commission’s next Chair. The Electoral Commission is a body independent of government which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity, reporting direct to parliament.

A small yet high-impact organisation, the Commission’s work is wide-reaching and of significant public interest. Its role has risen in importance - for politics, for those administering elections, and for voters. From social media’s impact on political debate to increasing devolution of election powers, its work is at the heart of some of the most passionately discussed topics of the day.

The Commission’s new Chair will play a critical role in leading the regulator through the challenges and opportunities ahead, while building and maintaining trust. In this environment, issues are complex, and views are strongly held. The Chair will shape the organisation’s strategy, bringing their experience, understanding, wisdom, and independence to bear to ensure the Commission acts consistently and fairly, promoting the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. They will be an advocate for the Commission and its work, ensuring that its decisions are understood and respected by the public, by politicians, by parties, and by the media.

You are an inspiring senior leader with experience working independently and commanding confidence at the highest levels. Credible and authoritative, your communication skills are excellent. You can demonstrate an ability to lead and shape the strategic direction of a complex and changing organisation, communicating issues and decisions accessibly and transparently to diverse audiences. You will impress us with your capacity to exercise sound judgement and to provide impartial, objective, and pragmatic advice, and with your commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, your understanding of the political context, and your integrity.

If this sounds like you, click here to apply or contact Jemima Dalgliesh or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092 to find out more.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 20 November 2020.

Oct 312020

Governor (Research Experience) - The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF)

Recruiter: The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF)
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 29 Oct 2020
Closes: 23 Nov 2020
Job Function: Governor
Industry: Education

The vision of The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) is of a society that fosters the principles of justice and fairness, where people understand and use law to bring about positive change and to prevent harm, and where public systems and structures uphold the rule of law.

Collecting and learning from robust evidence is key to understanding the context in which we work and to designing effective interventions and structures. In the light of this, the Governors of the Foundation have identified the value of adding to the board a Governor with senior research experience.

The successful candidate would serve on the Board of the Foundation and would also act as the Foundation’s representative on an advisory board in the development of a new strategic initiative, The Justice Lab UK. This will seek to address the urgent and important need to support a culture of commitment to the use of evidence in the design and operation of the justice system.

TLEF are keen to hear from individuals with demonstrable experience of successfully translating evidence into policy and practice. They will be creative, tenacious and have a positive approach to making things happen. Experience in legal and justice system research is desirable, as is a first-hand understanding of the not-for-profit or grant making sectors. Importantly, candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the Foundation’s vision, mission and values, founded on an interest in law and the purpose of law for social good.

For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see quoting reference 4821. All telephone enquiries, in the first instance, should be directed to Cara Hirst +44 (0) 20 7340 6253 or The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd November at noon (GMT).

Applications should include:

  1. A full curriculum vitae;
  2. A covering note of c.500 words, setting out relevant experience and interest;
  3. Names and contact details of two referees.

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Oct 302020

Find out how you can obtain a Non-Executive Director position by booking a place on this interactive 1-day video course.

"This course is a must for any aspiring NED and even established NED's as a refresher. The content and its delivery were well paced, informative and challenging in equal measures, led by a seasoned expert who's capabilities provide a wealth of knowledge to be drawn upon. Incredible value for money and should be part of a suite of courses leading to a more formal qualification for aspiring NED's. 100% recommended, you will not be disappointed."

Jon Cross, Managing Director at Essenjay Associates Ltd

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

non-executive director

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Who should attend?
Individuals who are currently a non-executive director; those seeking appointment as a non-executive director and those looking to appoint a non-executive director.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies how and why non-executive directors can strengthen a board
  • Provides practical guidance on how best to secure an appointment as a non-executive director

Course objectives
Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board's role, purpose and key tasks
  • Appreciate the contributions that non-executive directors can make to the board in different types of company and situations
  • Recognise the qualities and experience needed to fulfil a non-executive director appointment
  • Appreciate appropriate methods for finding, selecting, appointing and rewarding non-executive directors
  • Understand the preparation required to interview for or be interviewed for the post of non-executive director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (

Key Details
Duration: 1 day

Video Conference


£350.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price
£320.00 (ex VAT)

NEDworks Tier1 Member Price
£295.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration
The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning

Oct 302020

directors duties roles responsibilitiesThe Director’s duties, roles and responsibilities course provides an essential overview of what is required of a company director together with practical steps that can be taken to ensure that the demands are complied with.

This half-day course is aimed at aspiring or newly appointed directors and covers key knowledge about legal duties, roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for an effective board appointment. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

Who should attend?

Aspiring, newly appointed or current directors of companies including owner-managed companies or family businesses in the private, public and voluntary sector.

What to expect?

  • An in-depth view of the key duties, roles and legal responsibilities of directors, corporate governance and the role of the board
  • An appreciation of the crucial differences between management, direction and ownership
  • Practical guidance on avoiding or dealing with conflicts of interest

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board’s role, purpose and key tasks
  • Understand the legal status of a company
  • Understand the roles directors play and key director relationships in different types of company and context
  • Examine the board's corporate governance role
  • Define the legal duties and liabilities of individual directors and the board

Course Leader:
David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here:

Key Details

Duration: 1/2 day
10:00am to 3:00pm
Zoom Video Conference

£250.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price £220.00 (ex
Partner Discount Price £195.00 (ex VAT)*

Book Now

To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 3 verifiable CPD hours of structured learning

*Discounts on Excellencia course fees are available for:

Oct 302020

Member - Welsh Government Independent Remuneration Panel

Body: Independent Remuneration Panel
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Meetings held in Cardiff and across Wales - currently these are being undertaken through video-conferencing
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £282 per day
Time Requirements: 1 day per month
Closed for Applications: 25/11/2020 at 16:00

Function of the Body

The Panel is independent of Welsh Government and local government. It was established on a permanent basis initially to determine the range and levels of allowances payable by county and county borough councils to their councillors and co-opted members with voting rights.

The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 extended the remit and gave the Panel its current statutory status,. Its remit now also includes town and community councils, National Park Authorities and fire and rescue authorities. The Panel’s remit was then further extended in 2014, and the Panel may now also make recommendations in respect of any proposal to change the salary of the Head of Paid Service (HoPS) as and when required.

Role Description

  • Attendance at Panel Meetings to discuss and determine levels of remuneration
  • To engage effectively with a wide range of individuals and organisations about remuneration issues.
  • To actively contribute to panel discussions, providing constructive challenge where appropriate
  • To undertake analysis of information and effective use of evidence to support decisions taken by the Panel
  • Contribution to policy development through experience / knowledge of local government or other branches of public service – including the preparation of discussion papers/ report writing
  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices in undertaking the role of Member.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

All Candidates should show evidence of:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to individuals ranging from members of the public to elected representatives and senior leaders.
  • Ability to consider and analyse evidence from a wide range of sources and reach decisions based upon that evidence which are both fair and reasonable.
  • Ability to work confidently as both a member of the team and independently as required.
  • An understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of public life (Nolan Principles).
  • Ability to work in a politically neutral way.
  • An understanding of the importance of local democracy and public service.

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to understand and speak Welsh
  • Awareness of the role of Councillors and / or the work of local authorities, National Park Authorities and Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

For further information regarding the role of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales and the role of Member please contact Leighton Jones, Local Government Democracy Division:

Tel: 0300 025 3038

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Public Appointments Team on

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

How to Apply

For more information or to apply go to or for queries contact the Shared Service Helpdesk at the Welsh Government by e-mail: or telephone: 029 2082 5454.


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Oct 302020

Non-Executive Director - Network Rail

Recruiter: Network Rail
Location: Flexible
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 28 Oct 2020
Closes: 10 Nov 2020
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Industry: Public

Network Rail is at the heart of Britain’s railway, serving the needs of millions of passengers every day and plays a vital role in the in the movement of freight across the nation, contributing significantly to the economic prosperity of the UK as a whole. With our compelling vision of Putting Passengers First we are creating a more customer focused, service driven organisation that puts passengers front and centre and with significant ongoing investment we are building the greenest and most reliable form of public transport in Britain. There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of shaping this thriving organisation’s future.

There is now an exciting opportunity to join the board as a Non-Executive Director. Your role will to be to provide support, challenge and an external perspective to the Board as it rises to and meets the many challenges and opportunities that exist in our ever-changing world. You will be working in a fast paced and demanding environment, alongside an open and collegiate non-executive team.

You will have experience of operating at Board level in a large organisation and have the skills, insight and diversity of thought required to help the company drive forward through the next stage of its journey. Network Rail has an open and diverse culture and more than welcomes applications from individuals with backgrounds and experiences outside the sector.

About the role (External)

Essential Criteria:

  • Be/have recently been a senior executive in an organisation of significant scale, complexity and sophistication.
  • Have experience of delivering significant change programmes and be able to offer informed challenge on Network Rail’s major initiatives.
  • Have experience of balancing the needs of a variety of stakeholders.
  • Be motivated to act in the public interest and make a meaningful contribution to the governance of an organisation of national importance.
  • Have strength of character and resilience with experience of operating in a high-profile organisation, which is tasked with delivering against demanding objectives.
  • Have strong communication skills and the ability to articulate complex issues confidently and clearly.
  • Apply common sense, pragmatism and good business judgement to key issues.
  • Have the ability to commit the necessary time to the role.
  • Not have a conflict of interest with other roles in their portfolio.
  • Please note this role will be subject to the Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board Members

How to apply (External)

Remuneration: Competitive
Location: Flexible
Closing date: Tuesday 10th November. Late applications will not be accepted.

Click here to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Click here for more information

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks. Click here for more information

Oct 292020

Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee - Office of the Public Guardian

Body: Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: OPG offices in Birmingham
Skills required: Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £1,400 per annum paid in respect of a minimum time commitment of 4 days per year.
Time Requirements: Four days per year
Closed for Applications: 12/11/2020 at 00:00

Vacancy Description

The OPG is looking for an exceptional person to join the OPG as an Independent Member (IM), for a renewable term of three years, with knowledge, skills or experience of good governance at senior levels in a large organisation in either the private or public sector, and/or an understanding of working with government.

Knowledge of the justice sector would also be beneficial as well as: experience of working with Audit Committees (either as a member or as an attendee) and; experience of change and risk management.

Additionally, it will be expected that applicants – for this role – demonstrate: experience of management or governance at a senior level; experience of working effectively in partnership with multiple stakeholders; and strong communication and interpersonal skills.

As an IM you will contribute to – and participate in – the effective running of the audit and risk committee. Using your external knowledge and expertise you will provide constructive and effective challenge in committee discussions and to inform decision making.

You will be given regular opportunity to meet with the Chief Executive to reflect on your role, review performance and evaluate the arrangement between you and the OPG. Any review of performance will have no bearing on your fee.

You will not be an employee of OPG.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge, skills or experience in management or governance at a senior level; experience of working effectively in partnership with multiple stakeholders;
  • Exceptional communication skills, high level of personal impact and the ability to provide constructive and independent challenge and support to the committee;
  • Independence of judgment, the capacity to bring a fresh, external view to decision- making, and an outstanding track record of board level career achievement;
  • Broad business management experience – at board level – in a major delivery organisation in the private, public or third sector, and of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders including the ability to respond to and reconcile the differing needs of those stakeholders;
  • Ability to analyse complex information, reach practical decisions and to think strategically;

Desirable criteria

  • Holds a recognised CCAB qualification, or equivalent.
  • Experience at senior levels in a large organisation in either private or public sector, and/or an understanding of working with government and of the justice sector.

Additional Information


  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.
  • You should not be employed by the UK civil service.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following documents to: by 23:59 on 12 November 2020:

  • A copy of your CV, in no more than two sides of A4
  • A supporting statement that evidences how you meet all the criteria, in no more than two sides of A4
  • Declaration of interests form;
  • Previous or current public appointments;
  • Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • Political activity declaration form;
  • Diversity Monitoring Form.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Please quote reference PAT160009 on all correspondence


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Oct 292020

3 Board Members - Careers Wales

Body: CAREER CHOICES DEWIS GYRFA (CCDG) Trading as Careers Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: CCDG meetings, which are held quarterly, will predominantly take place at venues throughout Wales and the expectation is that Board members will engage with their duties on a Pan Wales basis. As part of a reasonable adjustment, consideration will be given to requests for members wishing to contribute remotely.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: You will be expected to commit a minimum of eight days per year, plus two development days.
Closed for Applications: 07/12/2020 at 16:00

Vacancy Description

A CCDG Board Member will:

  • Play an active role in delivering the CCDG’s remit and ensuring CCDG will achieve maximum impact. This will include sharing their expertise and lived experience in what works, challenging the status quo and suggesting solutions;
  • Ensure compliance with relevant procurement rules, both in relation to the Welsh Government funding of CCDG (as wholly owned Welsh Government subsidiary and Teckal company) and CCDG expenditure as a contracting authority subject to the procurement rules.
  • Attend Board meetings regularly and prepare thoroughly for those meetings;
  • Be prepared to serve on sub committees;
  • To provide leadership to CCDG management and staff in producing and implementing a new five year Strategic Vision for Careers Wales;
  • Actively provide, and balance, both challenge and support to CCDG management and staff in their work;
  • Represent CCDG at public functions; (if formal interview or statement they would need to liaise with our marketing department first)
  • Promote the profile of CCDG; and
  • Facilitate contact with CCDG’s stakeholders and actively promote equality and diversity with communities and respective stakeholders
  • Understand and subscribe to the commitments of a public role, as defined in Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life

Person Specification

CCDG is seeking three new board members (Welsh desirable) with a range of expertise, across a broad range of economic sectors, professions and social groups.

We would also welcome applications from individuals with skills in the following areas;

  • Accountant/Finance background
  • Risk Management
  • Education
  • Legal Services
  • Business (Private Industry)
  • Law
  • Estates Management

Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

  • An ability to constructively challenge
  • A proven track record in building relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge and understanding of learning and work issues at community, local and regional or national levels
  • A commitment to promoting equality and diversity
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to clearly and succinctly explain complex issues, while demonstrating respect for the views of others
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be required to expand on how they meet the criteria above using examples and evidence.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments, Public Bodies Unit
Tel: 03000 255454

For further information regarding the role of the CCDG Board and the role of Members please contact: Tylee Perry, Careers Policy Manager, Careers policy:

Tel: 0300 062 5260

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system. You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates. This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit. The second document is a full, up to date CV. The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities. We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence. You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go. You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on:

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments


Oct 282020

Non-Executive Director - NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT)

non-executive directorBody: NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT)
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The NHSBT NEDs are remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum
Time Requirements: There is a time commitment of two to three days per month
Closed for Applications: 13/11/2020 at 12:00

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make two appointments to the board of NHSBT.

Role and Responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director

As a Non-Executive Director, you will work with the Chair (Millie Banerjee); six other non-executives; and the Chief Executive and her Executive team to govern the activities of NHSBT. With them you will share the corporate responsibility for the decisions of the Board and the performance of the organisation. In particular you will:

  • contribute to the development of strategy, agreeing the goals, business plans and objectives of the organisation, taking into account the policies of the various UK health departments as necessary
  • monitor and review performance; ensuring that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and effective
  • help shape a positive and powerful culture in NHSBT through engaging with and providing ideas and guidance to the NHSBT team
  • demonstrate a commitment to patient safety and to patients and staff being able to properly raise concerns
  • represent the Board, as required, at official occasions and visits to NHSBT sites.

Qualities required for the role

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

To be considered for appointment, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria.

Person Specification

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • experience of supporting effective delivery of substantial transformation in a private or public sector organisation
  • ability to operate effectively on the board of a large and complex national organisation, contributing to challenging debate and working with others to reach decisions based on evidence and consensus
  • ability to develop and deliver robust governance arrangements, including performance, financial and risk management
  • an understanding of the broad role of NHSBT with an ability to articulate some of its key challenges
  • have a significant senior career record of achievement in one or more of the following areas:
  • People/Human Resources: bringing experience in areas such as organisational development, talent development, and diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Communications/Marketing/Public affairs: bringing experience of working collaboratively with others to deliver large programmes

Additional Information

NHS Blood & Transplant role and responsibilities

NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority dedicated to saving and improving lives. We are an essential part of the NHS providing a wide range of services making the most of absolutely every donation – from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells.

We were formed in 2005 by bringing together the National Blood Service and UK Transplant. We are now one of the largest and most effective organisations of its type in the world.

We employ over 5,400 people across the UK, with total revenue of over £427 million, delivering blood, and blood-based therapies across England; Diagnostic and Therapeutic services globally; and organ donation and supply services for the whole of the UK.

We stand for helping ordinary people do something extraordinary, saving and improving the lives of others with their valuable donations.

To achieve this, we:

  • collect and process over 1.57 million units of blood and platelets annually to ensure a constant supply of blood to hospitals from 5,500 donors giving blood every day;
  • make possible some 9,300 organ and cornea transplants every year;
  • retrieve and store other tissues like skin and bone ready for patient use;
  • manufacture a range of specialist therapeutic blood products;
  • provide a number of related services such as solid organ tissue typing and cord blood banking;
  • provide apheresis services directly to patients;
  • manage the NHS Organ Donor Register (which currently has nearly 25 million names) and the British Bone Marrow Registry;
  • support a significant research and development programme operated in partnership with a number of the UK’s leading universities; and
  • provide expert advice to other NHS organisations, the Department of Health, Ministers and devolved administrations.

In performing this essential activity, we engage with millions of people throughout the country and connect directly with more people on a daily basis than any other single part of the NHS. In addition to supplying the lifesaving products that are needed by NHS patients we are immensely proud that our activities support the incredible altruism and generosity of donors and bring communities together across the country.

To find out more, please click here to go to our website to view videos which explore the journey of donors.

You can view our full annual reports and accounts here at:–weare/transparency/accounts/

You can view our full Strategic Plan 2017-2022 on our public website at:–assets–corp/4481/nhsbt–strategic–plan–2017–2022.pdf

Diversity & Inclusion

There is real commitment from NHSBT’s Board to ensure we are delivering on our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) objectives towards making NHSBT an organisation where all colleagues feel they belong and that they can progress, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and/or other differences. Testament to this is that one of the five personal objectives for our CEO, agreed with our Board is to improve the diversity of our workforce.

More recently, our CEO appointed a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO), demonstrating our commitment to shape our organisation’s approach to D&I. The CDIO is working closely with the CEO as part of the Executive Team to devise and execute a transformative strategy that makes D&I a priority across our workforce, donor base and core business of healthcare.

A key area of focus this year includes how we support the further development of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues into senior leadership roles to improve representation across all pay bands and making the workforce representation of our centres more reflective of their geographical regions. With an overall BAME representation of 15% across the organisation, this needs to be better reflected across our senior leadership and front-line facing roles, including operational areas of Blood Donation and Organ Donation and Transplantation.

Regular Board updates and conversations ensure all interventions are monitored and progressed, providing an opportunity to highlight areas that need more focus. We have also established an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Council, with membership from our Executive Team, Staff Networks and Unions to help shape strategy and hold the organisation to account.

The Future

As part of the backbone of the NHS, we reach the public at the most critical stages of their lives. Few organisations have the ability to reach so many, delivering the best possible service to patients, donors and the NHS. The range of our work providing diagnostic and therapeutic services, organ donation & transplantation, and blood supply, demands that our operations are world class, providing a safe, reliable and efficient supply across the UK by working seamlessly with an unparalleled range of stakeholders including government, volunteers, the health sector and academia.

The NHS faces substantial demands which puts further pressure on us to ensure that our service is as efficient as possible while working closely with partner organisations experiencing substantial strain on their staff numbers, facilities and finances. As pressure on these services continues, we must ensure our services maintain efficiency while always focusing on future innovation. We must work at the forefront of volunteer engagement and keeping pace with digital advancements will be critical us as we seek to remain close to and diversify our donor base, without whom we would not exist. More work remains to ensure that we find innovative ways to work with the public and providers to continuously improve services.

Working with our chair Millie Banerjee, our Chief Executive Betsy Bassis and a highly experienced executive team to implement our expansive vision, you will have the opportunity to take us forward beyond our Strategic Plan 2017-2022 to make sure that we are here when people need us most. You will be excited to make your mark on such a critical organisation and will seize the opportunity to push forward our reputation for quality, ensuring existing operations remain fit for the future alongside effective collaboration with our partners.

This role represents a significant opportunity to work in one of the most complex, dispersed, logistics delivery organisations in the world, making a life changing impact to many thousands of patients every year.

The Role of the Board

The Board provides governance for the organisation. Its key duties are to:

  • Collectively promote the success of NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Provide strategic direction and set operational objectives
  • Monitor the achievement of objectives through a framework of effective financial and quality management

Set and maintain the values for the organisation and ensure that its obligation to all stakeholders, including patients, donors, the Secretary of State and Ministers in the Devolved Administrations, are understood and met.

1.3 Letter from the present chair of NHSBT, Millie Banerjee

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the role of Non-Executive Director for NHS Blood and Transplant. At NHSBT we stand for hope. We stand for life. We stand for helping people do something extraordinary, saving and improving the lives of others. As an essential part of the NHS we take pride in playing our part to make the most of absolutely every donation – from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells. Every day we bring our values of caring, expert and quality to our roles. When we break new scientific ground, when we connect with donors and families, when we help to save a life – it’s because of each and every one of us. The donors who make our work possible do so selflessly, giving life and changing lives for the better. It is because of them, and the people who need their life-saving and life-enhancing donations, that we strive to be the best in all we do.

You will be joining us at an exciting and challenging time. Our Chief Executive, Betsy Bassis, has recently led a review of our Operating Model ensuring that we are set for future success. This builds on NHSBT’s strong record of continuous improvement, quality and efficiency which is essential as the NHS is facing increasing pressure as we respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing fantastic work in developing and delivering at scale and pace a service to provide Convalescent Plasma to hospitals and patients in need of this product.

NHSBT also has a strong past and a bright future.

To achieve in this role, you will be able to develop influential relationships with stakeholders and partners across organisations and sectors. You will be a leader who can engage, motivate and inspire people and who is able to promote a culture of excellence, openness and achievement.

This really is a fantastic role. If you are successful, I can promise you will enjoy your time at NHSBT as much as I enjoy my role as Chair of NHSBT.

Please visit our website at for more information.

How to Apply

Making an application

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of a NED to the NHS BT.

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: VAC-1719 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email, please contact the Appointments Team via the above email address to discuss alternative options.

Applications must be received by midday on 13 November 2020.

In making an application please note the following:

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which specific evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of the NHS BT, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered on a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence
Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or NHS BT or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Advisory Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Disqualification from Appointment

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts, please see the contacts section.


Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact

Ryan Lloyd
Appointments Team
Tel: 0113 2545929

For further information regarding the role of the NHS BT and the role of a NED please contact Patricia Grealish, Interim Chief People Officer

Tel: 07990 625362

Please quote reference VAC-1719 on all correspondence.

If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Oct 282020

Member (Collective Bargaining Experience) - Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body

Body: Armed Forces' Pay Review Body
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Defence
Location: Predominantly London. The AFPRB also visit Service units in the UK and overseas.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, HR, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: Up to 35 days per year
Closed for Applications: 20/11/2020

Vacancy Description

Member with Board level experience of Collective Bargaining from an employee perspective.

The AFPRB provides independent, evidence-based advice on Armed Forces’ pay to the Prime Minister and SofS for Defence. In making recommendations, it takes into account the need to recruit, retain and motivate suitable people in the context of Service life, Government policies for improving services, funding, the inflation target and the need for Armed Forces’ pay to be broadly comparable with pay levels in civilian life.

Person Specification

We are seeking an individual with experience at a senior level of collective bargaining from an employee perspective. This could come from operating at Board level within a Trade Union, Human Resources or other environment. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Proven knowledge and experience at Board level of collective bargaining from an employee perspective.
  • The ability to methodically evaluate large amounts of detailed written and oral information, and to use it for developing recommendations.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and effectively on a Board, providing evidence-based arguments and listening to the views of other members.
  • Strong influencing and communication skills; in particular, the ability to relate to a diverse range of stakeholders, and gain their confidence, including Ministers, Review Body colleagues,
  • Senior Government officials and those within the remit group.
  • Understanding of the broader context of changes in public sector management and pay, and the ability to assess how these might affect Service personnel.
  • Sharp and clear thinking, with the ability to debate and put forward considered argument.

Additional Information

British or Commonwealth citizens or Republic of Ireland nationals may apply.

How to Apply

Please complete and return the attached expression of interest and diversity monitoring form along with a copy of your most recent CV and send as email attachments, quoting the ref number, to;

If you have any questions or require further information please contact us via the above email address.


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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