Debbie Wright

Jun 182019

Non-Executive Directors - Trident Group

We are looking for experienced Non-Executive Directors to join our Group Board
As part of the Group’s ongoing succession planning for the challenging and exciting times we face, as economic pressures on our customers increase and the demand for our services continues to rise, we are looking for three experienced Non-Executive Directors (NED) to join the Group Board.

These are senior and prestigious appointments demanding not only a high level of commitment, but the expectation that you will contribute to developing and maintaining an effective Group Board including chairing committees and meetings.

Previous Board experience is essential and we particularly welcome applications from candidates with demonstrable experience of; finance; the charitable sector; property; or housing.

In addition, we are also looking for a Senior Independent Director (SID) to support the Chair. The SID will be a NED with all the general duties of a NED but with enhanced duties of the SID.

Our NED and SID roles are remunerated and the current rates are available within the recruitment pack available to download below.

Trident Group has over 50 years of delivering homes, services and innovation for up to 8,000 people in over 3,400 homes in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Midlands. It employs more than 750 staff and works with over 150 volunteers. The Group has an annual turnover of more than £32m and owns assets close to £170m.

The Group has a simplified structure consisting of one housing association (Trident Housing), one charity (Trident Reach) and one commercial vehicle (Trident Star) which is designed to deliver socially-minded business enterprises.

To apply, please download the recruitment pack HERE. After completing and submitting the recruitment pack please click HERE to complete a skills audit. Please be advised that only after completing both these steps, your application is then marked as complete.

For further information, contact Debbie Hanley, Governance and Executive Assistant at 12 Fairlie House, Trident Close, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 5TB.

Closing date for completed applications is 5.00pm, Tuesday, 2 July 2019.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 25 July 2019.

We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from everyone regardless of gender, age, religion, race, disability or sexual orientation.

Jun 182019

Trustee - Bliss

Organisation: Bliss
Reference: Scotland Trustees
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 8th July 2019
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details

Over 100,000 babies are born needing neonatal care in the UK each year. That's 1 in 7 babies, or over 300 babies every day. Would you like to make a difference to the lives of some of the UK's most vulnerable babies and their families?

About Us

Bliss Scotland is the leading charity for premature and sick babies: our vision is that every baby born premature or sick in Scotland has the best chance of survival and quality of life. Bliss Scotland is part of the Bliss UK group of charities, and provides particular oversight of and support for our work across Scotland.

The Role

We are recruiting 2 new dedicated Bliss Scotland Trustees, based in Scotland, to join our passionate and committed Board, to support the charity's governance and overall strategic direction.

About you

We need people who can help us achieve our ambitious plans, who are good at reviewing and challenging those plans to help us to improve them, and who have the time and skills to commit to this important role. In particular, we are keen to hear from applicants with background, skills and experience in either of the following areas:

Fundraising, in particular experience / knowledge of either institutional fundraising in Scotland (trusts / foundations / corporate), and/or of community and events fundraising
NHS Scotland / health experience, in particular from a management perspective.

We are also keen to hear from applicants with a diversity of experiences and backgrounds. Previous board/trustee experience is not necessary and we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.

Why apply?

As a trustee you will join the charity at a critical time as we have recently launched our first dedicated Bliss Scotland three-year strategy, in our 10th anniversary year as a registered Scottish charity. There is so much more to do for sick and tiny babies in Scotland and to provide much needed emotional and practical help for their families Bliss Scotland is passionately committed to ensuring that all babies and their families have the best possible care wherever they are born. Join us to help us make a difference!

We really value the diversity of ideas and skills that Trustees can bring, and welcome applications that can help us reflect this on our Board.

For further information go to for a full recruitment pack. Applications are by CV and covering letter, to be submitted by 9am on Monday 8th July 2019 to: with the subject ‘Trustee Recruitment Bliss Scotland'. Interviews will be held in early September.

Advert Start Date: 17th July 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 02073784754
Contact Name: Bilwa Iyer
Contact E-mail:

Jun 142019

Governor - City of Bristol College

Business / Organisation Name: City of Bristol College
Business / Organisation Sector: Public
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: School, College or University
Role Title: Governor
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

Are you interested in Further and Higher Education and Training?

At City of Bristol College we provide education and training to 12,000 learners in and around Bristol, offering 1,000 courses and teaching from sites across the City. We currently have vacancies on our Governing Body – would you like to join us?
Governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work as a team, alongside the Principal and Chief Executive, to set the College’s strategy and ensure there is a clear vision for the future. Governors play an important ambassadorial role with communities and employers, ensuring that we effectively meet the needs of our key stakeholders. They also play a critical role in ensuring and assuring the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as well as ensuring the College’s overall financial health is strong.

What skills do I need?

We’re looking for Governors who can bring a wide range of skills to the Board. An interest in Further and Higher Education and a commitment to improve the lives of people through education and training is essential.

What is the time commitment?

Governors are expected to attend the four Main Board meetings each year. There is one each term and they are held in the evening from 6.00 – 8.00pm. Governors receive the papers a week in advance and are expected to familiarise themselves with the items for discussion and to contribute at the meeting. In addition to the Board meetings, there are three additional meetings held each year for Governor development and training.

You may also be invited to join one of the Board Committees (Audit, Business Services, Curriculum & Quality, Remuneration or Search and Governance). Each Committee holds a meeting each term, usually in the evening.

Outside of the formal meetings you are encouraged to participate in the life of the College through planned visits including learning walks to see lessons taking place and to meet students and staff. You will be invited to College events to celebrate success including the annual Student Awards, Staff Awards and Higher Education Graduation Ceremony.

If you don’t feel you have the time to join as a full member but you have specific skills you would like to share, you may be able to join one of the committees as a Co-opted Member without the responsibility and time commitment required of full Board members.

Will I be paid?

College Board Members do not receive payment but can claim expenses incurred as part of their role expenses or childcare costs to enable you to attend evening meetings.
City of Bristol College encourages members to attend relevant training and pays for the cost of this.

Application Details

Where can I find more information?

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, or more information about the Board or application process, please contact Joanne Ward, Clerk to the Corporation on 0117 312 5006 or by email to

You can view more information about the City of Bristol College Corporation including a list of current governors on our website -

We believe that the best Boards are those that reflect the student population and wider local communities we serve. We particularly welcome applications to join our Board from groups that are under-represented on Governing Bodies. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and, when a vacancy arises, appointments are made on merit, also taking account of the need to fill any identified skills.

Closing Date: 30/09/2019
Contact Name: Joanne Ward
Contact Telephone: 01173125006
Contact Email:

Jun 142019

Non-Executive Director - Plymouth CAST

Business / Organisation Name: Plymouth CAST
Business / Organisation Sector: Public
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: School, College or University
Role Title: Non-Executive Director
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

Non-Executive Director with Finance Background needed to support a Multi Academy Trust Board.

We are looking for a Board member with experience in Finance, possibly as a CFO or similar. Educational Finance understanding would be an advantage. The Trust is in a time of change with critical areas being declining demographics, Government funding and an increasing cost base. We are looking for a strong individual to join a team of supportive, critical friends driving the Trust forward to deliver exceptional education to children from 0 to 18.

There will be 5 Board meetings a year and 5 Finance and Resources Committee meetings a year with other possible events ad hoc. Meetings presently take place in Ashburton but can be scheduled anywhere within the Penzance to Poole region as the Trust covers 36 schools across a large geographical area.

Application Details

Please contract the Clerk to the Trust Board, Helen Laird by email at to discuss application details.

Closing Date: 05/07/2019
Contact Name: Helen Laird
Contact Telephone: 01364 645 450
Contact Email:

Jun 122019

Non-Executive Director - Monarch Solicitors

Location: Manchester
Date Posted: 10/06/2019
Closing Date: 01/07/2019

Would you like to be part of a hugely exciting organisation and help to drive its strategic agenda?

Monarch Solicitors have a fantastic opportunity in Manchester city centre for a Non-Executive Director with a legal background to their Board.

The position of Non-Executive Director is one of key importance to the business. You will help to provide strategic direction for the company as part of a strong Board and ensure that all appropriate financial, legal and governance checks and balances are in place in accordance with the Articles of Association providing advice in specialist areas. Board Trustees are expected to attend the company’s quarterly general meetings, in April, July, October, January at the Head Office in Manchester City Centre.

The Company

Monarch Solicitors are an award winning and growing legal services provider based in Manchester City centre.

To drive expansion, Monarch Solicitors are seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director to help in driving forward and achieving the firm’s strategy. Our vision is to be the one and only choice in the hearts and minds of our clients for unique, differentiating, insightful and valuable legal services for their business.

The Role

The role will work closely with the founder with focus on supporting the Business Growth Strategy of the firm.

The ideal candidate will need to have ambition and an entrepreneurial flair and a broad network of contacts to foster business relationships.

Additionally, ideal candidates will be strategic thinkers who can analyse complex information, formulate and provide assistance on strategies and plans of action.

They also need to be a team player being both a good listener and able to speak up on issues that are important.

Personal Specification

We are seeking an individual who possesses:

  • A clean SRA practising certificate is necessary
  • A deep understanding of a number of legal sectors
  • Desire to have a positive impact on Business Growth Strategy
  • With a broad network of contacts ideally across multiple industries
  • A vision for business growth and expansion
  • Highly credible with experience of operating at senior level within an organisation with performance based budgets/complexity gained in the private, voluntary or public sector
  • High level organisational and governance skills e.g. strategic planning, financial management, risk management, organisational performance management and service delivery development
  • Politically astute – able to grasp relevant issues underpinned by an understanding of developing partnerships and building relationships with other organisations
  • Knowledge of change management and transformation in a service based organisation

Time Commitment

The Board meets 4 times a year and you will have opportunities to get involved in other activities according to your own interests and availability.


As part of your role as Director, you will receive a fixed expenses allowance for support for Non-Executive Services to their organisation.


Manchester City Centre

Contact Us

If this sounds like an opportunity that you could be passionate about, please email your CV and covering letter to

In your covering letter please explain why you are suitable for the role by addressing the criteria as outline.

Jun 122019

Chair of the Royal Armouries - Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Recruiter: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 10 Jun 2019
Closes: 19 Jun 2019
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. The collection of c.70,000 items – apart from the c.2700 loans to other bodies – is now displayed and housed not only at the Tower of London but also at its purpose-built flagship museum in Leeds and at Fort Nelson, Fareham, near Portsmouth. It currently employs 160 staff and receives approximately two million visitors a year across the three sites.

This is a very exciting time for the Royal Armouries, which, having substantially increased its commercial operations, is in the process of devising a masterplan to transform the museum brand and its offer at the main museum site in Leeds. The Royal Armouries vision is to inspire people to discover how many of the most compelling narratives of human endeavour and experience have been, and continue to be, shaped by arms and armour.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as the next chair of the Royal Armouries, to take the Museum forward at this new and critical period in its history. The ideal candidate will have a passion for cultural heritage, a commitment to public service, strong commercial acumen and a successful track record in public service, heritage management, or business. The successful candidate will be central to taking the Royal Armouries forward and putting it on a long-term sustainable footing, including through playing a key part in raising funds for the museum’s ambitious plans and programme.

For further information and to apply please visit

Alternatively, for an informal and confidential discussion, then Joanna Thornton or Mark Bate (0113 205 6288) of GatenbySanderson will be pleased to take your call. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

Closing date: 10.00am - Wednesday 19th June 2019

Jun 112019

Non-Executive Director - Brunel Pension Partnership

Recruiter: Brunel Pension Partnership
Location: Head office is in Bristol.
Salary: Director’s remuneration
Posted: 05 Jun 2019
Closes: 21 Jun 2019
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Accounting, Analyst, Executive Management, Risk / Compliance
Sector: Business Services, Financial Services
Contract Type: Permanent
Language: English

Brunel Pension Partnership Limited (Brunel) is seeking an independent Non-Executive Director (NED) with recent accountancy/audit experience to chair the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARC). The successful candidate will join our independent Chair and two existing independent NEDs.

Brunel is committed to celebrating and promoting diversity. By taking an inclusive approach we aim to attract a pool of candidates with a breadth of talents and experiences.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with an innovative investment company.

The drive for closer collaboration and partnership between UK public sector pension funds led to the creation of Brunel in July 2017, which amalgamates the investment management activities of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Funds of the administering authorities of Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

The FCA-authorised company manages the investments of the ten Brunel LGPS funds, which total approximately £30 billion.

This is a challenging role that will suit a self-starter with the leadership skills to shape our developing strategy alongside implementing a best practice governance and control framework.

In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for holding the executive directors to account in the interest of the company stakeholders, including Brunel’s LGPS Clients and employees.

Applicants will need to demonstrate robust financial literacy and an understanding of the wider pension and investment space. The successful applicant will require significant recent accountancy/audit and investment knowledge, along with a good risk awareness and a sound knowledge of the FCA principles.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be intellectually engaged by the complexity of the investment industry
  • Demonstrate a strong empathy for and deep knowledge of the FCA approach towards good conduct and culture
  • Be able to operate in a complex stakeholder environment
  • Recognise the benefits of long-term thinking, responsible investments, evidenced and research-based decisions, responsible stewardship and diversity
  • Have recent accountancy/audit experience preferably in the financial services sector

Specific duties will include:

  • Chairing the ARC in an effective and efficient manner and in line with the Committee’s Terms of Reference
  • Safeguarding the independence and oversight of the performance of the compliance and risk function
  • Ensuring the independence, autonomy and effectiveness of the firm’s policies and procedures on whistleblowing, including the procedures for protection of staff who raise concerns from detrimental treatment, including acting as the Whistleblowing Champion
  • Supervising and managing the performance of outsourced internal auditors; managing potential conflicts of interest between the provision of external audit and internal audit services

To apply for the Non-Executive Director position, please request an application pack from with the subject line as ‘Brunel NED’. You will be provided with further information about the role, about Brunel and how to apply This is also the email address for any queries regarding this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st June 2019 at 12 noon.

Jun 102019

Non-Executive Director - Incana Sales and Durata Development

Application closing date: 21 Jun 2019 12:00

Job Description

Incana Sales and Durata Development were established in 2018 to help deliver the strategic aims of the parent organisation to deliver new housing tenures across the areas in which it operates. These two new organisations will support the delivery of market sale properties. We are now looking for a Non-Executive Director to serve on the two boards, which meet 4 times a year in back to back meetings.

The parent organisation is Aspire Housing, a leading housing provider and PlaceShaper in North Staffordshire and Cheshire. Aspire Housing is a financially strong business, with a turnover of over £49m, around 9,000 homes in management and ambitious growth targets. We express our social purpose by reinvesting our profits in new homes, in revitalising communities and in a comprehensive range of innovative support services.

This is an exceptional non-executive opportunity for candidates who bring the highest levels of strategic thinking and a profound commitment to our organisational mission and values. You will have achieved significant success in housing development, potentially gained via a senior role at a private developer of housing. You will also bring an all-rounder’s repertoire of senior skills. Able to show that you understand how to work through others and how organisations make sound decisions, you’ll also be highly numerate and have the intellectual capacity to understand complex written briefings. Finally, we’re looking for that particular type of reflective confidence which allows you to contribute a distinctive perspective to the board’s business, as well as listening to and valuing the views of colleagues.

For an informal conversation contact Paul Medford, Company Secretary on 01782–854882, or Jade Williams on 01782-854762. Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 21st June 2019

Interview date: Friday 12th July 2019

Candidate Requirements

Employment Details

  • Employment Type: Permanent
  • Pay: £3,000 Annually

How to Apply

Jun 102019

Chair - Rural Payments Agency Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

Body: Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Reading or London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £500 per day + reimbursement of travel and subsistence
Time Requirements: 30 days per year
This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 07/06/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 10/07/2019 at 12:00
  • Panel Sift: 16/07/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 21/08/2019
  • Announcement: 28/09/2019 at 14:00

Assessment Panel

  • Anne Marie Millar - Panel Chair - Finance Director, RPA • Senior Independent Panel Member
  • Alison Webster - Strategy and Policy Director • Representative of Organisation
  • TBC

Vacancy Description

About the Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Established in October 2001 as an accredited European Union (EU) Paying Agency, the RPA is responsible for making direct aid and rural development payments to farmers in England. It is also the paying agency for market support measures across the United Kingdom under the authority of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and as appropriate in agreement with the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland. The RPA also has responsibility for livestock identification and traceability services within Great Britain.

Following the EU referendum and until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union. During this time RPA and Defra will continue to negotiate, implement and apply EU legislation. It will be for the Government to begin negotiations to exit the EU. The outcome of these negotiations will determine what arrangements apply in relation to EU legislation and funding in future once the UK has left the EU. RPA will work with Defra to provide expertise, advice and guidance relevant to the work of the agencies in these future negotiations.

The role and structure of the RPA’s Management Board & Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The post will see you become chair of RPA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and a Non-Executive member of RPA’s Management Board, and Defra Group’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Non-Executive Directors advise, challenge and provide independent advice to RPA’s Management Board to ensure that the most appropriate strategy and development plan is being designed by the organisation. You will provide a high level of insight into the issues facing the rural economy and will offer a balanced view based on their leadership position within the agricultural sector.

RPA Management Board

The role of the RPA Management Board is to ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal controls. It has no executive responsibility and acts to provide independent, expert advice and challenge to the Chief Executive Officer. The Board will provide advice on strategy and the deliverability of policies and key objectives (agreed annually with the Ministers) achieving value for money, scrutinise performance and provide support and challenge in the delivery of RPA responsibilities and the exercise of the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) responsibilities as Accounting Officer. The Board takes into account guidance issued by the Department and will receive and review regular financial information concerning the management of the RPA; and provides positive assurance to the department that appropriate action has been taken on such concerns.

The RPA Management Board is chaired by a lead Non-Executive Director. It comprises of three other Non-Executive Members, four Executive Directors (including the CEO) and Defra’s Corporate Customer. The Board meets a minimum of 6 times a year

RPA Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC)

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) is a committee of the RPA Management Board. It has no executive responsibility and acts solely as an advisory committee to the Management Board and to the Accounting Officer.

Its aim is to support and advise on issues of risk, control and governance within the agency. The role of Non-Executive Directors is to largely provide an effective challenge function to the executive. They have a responsibility to ensure the audit programme is focused on Agency priorities so that they can assure the Accounting Officer that appropriate controls are in place and operating effectively. Non-Executive Directors also play a key role in ensuring high standards of financial probity and corporate governance.

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee will meet at least four times a year and will be scheduled at key points along the accounts timetable. The Chair of the ARAC may convene additional meetings when they consider it necessary, or at the request of other members.

Membership comprises of 3 Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) and is normally attended by the Finance Director, Head of Internal Audit, Defra Internal Audit and the National Audit Office. Committee members can also meet without others present should the occasion arise.

Defra Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The Defra Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is a sub-committee of the Defra Board and advises the Defra Board and the Principal Accounting Officer (the Permanent Secretary) on issues of risk, control and governance.

The Committee comprises of 2 Defra Non-Executive Board members plus 4 ex-officio members.

The role of the Chair of RPA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and a Non-Executive member of RPA’s Management Board, and Defra Group’s Audit and Risk Committee

The role of the Chair is to:

  • Support the RPA Management Board Chair to provide expert advice, support and constructive challenge, bringing external experience and expertise to the Board’s decisions on strategic and operational issues.
  • Support the RPA Management Board Chair by providing advice on finance, risks and governance issues.
  • Attend Board meetings and maintain a high standard of discussion and debate, helping to steer the Agency by collective working.
  • Chair RPA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and attend Defra Group’s Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the Annual Report and Accounts and Business Plans.
  • Communicate regularly with the other Non-Executive Directors and senior officials

The role of a Non-Executive Director is to:

  • Provide scrutiny and constructive challenge on performance, operational issues including operational and delivery implications of policy.
  • Attend Board and / or Committee meetings and maintain a high standard of discussion and debate, helping to steer the agency by collective working.
  • Ensure compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies and rules relating to the use of public funds and conflicts of interest. Any deviations from the Codes are adequately explained.
  • Ensure that the Board obtains and considers all appropriate information through close collaboration with the Chair.
  • To meet regularly with the other Non-Executive Directors to ensure their views are understood and that the Chair is made aware of any concerns.

Expected behaviours of individual Board members

In addition to the Seven Principles of Public Life, Board members are expected to:

  • Comply at all times with the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies and with the rules relating to the use of public funds and to conflicts of interest;
  • Not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal gain or for political profit, nor seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons or organisations;
  • Comply with the board’s rules on the acceptance of gifts and hospitality, and of business appointments; and
  • Act in good faith and in the best interests of the RPA.

Person Specification

The vacancy is for a Non-Executive Chair of the RPA Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (meets 4 times a year) and member of the RPA Management Board (meets 6 times a year), and the Defra Group’s Audit Risk Committee (meets 4 times a year).

Essential criteria

We are particularly interested in individuals who can offer the following skills and experiences:

  • A formal accounting qualification and relevant accounting, auditing or risk experience to complement the existing range of skills on the Committee
  • A good understanding of government and experience of serving on an Audit Committee and / or Board meetings
  • Be familiar with current approaches to risk management, internal control and corporate governance
  • Experience of dealing with internal and external audit

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of the farming industry and rural community.

Personal Attributes

  • Integrity, probity and high ethical standards, with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of governance and systems of control, and how to apply them appropriately
  • An ability to maintain a sense of perspective and to pick out critical issues, and to question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately
  • Independence of mind and sound judgement, together with the ability to provide impartial, objective and pragmatic advice
  • Sufficient strength of character to seek and obtain full and satisfactory answers within the environment of the Committee, and to influence effectively outside of RPA
  • A good communicator, able to represent the RPA and articulate its purpose clearly, with well-developed influencing skills and personal credibility
  • A commitment to the 7 principles of public life, together with the willingness and availability to devote the necessary time to understand the business dynamics and context

Additional Information

Appointments follow civil service protocol and are for a fixed term of between one to three years. Thereafter, whilst not automatic, an extension period of up to three years may be granted. Appointments beyond six years will only be considered exceptionally.

You will be expected to devote approximately thirty days per year to your duties. This allows for attendance at Board and Committee meetings, involvement in Board sub-committees, associated preparation time and other ad hoc Management Board events/advisory support to executives. Meetings generally take place in Reading or London.

During your appointment as a Non-Executive Director, you must not put yourself in a position of conflict with your duties to the Agency. You are also expected to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life

Remuneration will be £500 per day along with reimbursement of travel and subsistence. This appointment is not pensionable with any fees and expenses subject to tax and National Insurance

How to Apply

All candidates are required to submit the following below:

  1. A copy of your CV, including your current postal and email address and contact telephone (mobile and home) number(s).
  2. A covering letter outlining how your experience matches the requirements for this post. Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 July 2019.
  3. Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)
  4. Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

These should be returned to Alec Harris by:-

  • email (preferable) to
  • or by post to Alec Harris, RPA, Eden Bridge House, Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DX

Short-listing will determine which candidates best demonstrate the specified qualities and experience, who will then be invited for interview to be held on 21st August. Please could you let Alec know if your availability on this date will be an issue.


Any enquiries can be directed to Alec on 020 776 43569 or at the above email address


References may be taken up prior to appointment.

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.


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

Jun 102019

General Visitor x4 regions - Court of Protection

Body: Office of the Public Guardian
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: East Midlands (NG, LN, PE, LE, DE)
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2-3
Remuneration: Fees range from £128 - £184 per visit and subsequent visit report.
Time Requirements: Flexible

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 03/06/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 24/06/2019 at 12:00
  • Panel Sift: 24/06/2019
  • Final Interview Date: TBC
  • Announcement: 01/09/2019

Assessment Panel

  • Adam Short
  • OPG permanent visitor
  • Independent panel member

Vacancy Description

You will visit our clients and those acting for them, and report to the Public Guardian or Court of Protection on the clients’ needs, wishes and best interests and on how the deputy or attorney is managing their affairs. You will assess the client’s capacity to make certain decisions and be expected to consult with agencies like Social Services, residential or nursing care home managers, to provide accurate written reports to deadline and in line with agreed targets and standards. You will be self-employed and responsible for paying your own tax, national insurance and having professional and public liability insurance. This position may be combined with other work commitments, paid or unpaid.

Person Specification

We are seeking self-motivated individuals who can demonstrate their professional knowledge, experience or qualifications in areas related to social care, health, finance or law, to work as a general visitor. You will have an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and be willing to travel extensively within your region. This is a statutory appointment under Section 61 of the Act.

How to Apply

Further details and an application form are available below. Your completed application form should be sent by 24th June 2019 to or by post to Visits Office, Office of the Public Guardian, P.O. Box 16185, Birmingham, B2 2WH

Reference number: OPGGENERAL19 EM


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments