Apr 092019
 

Chair of Advisory Committee - British Council - Cardiff

Region: UK
Country / Territory: Wales
Location: Cardiff
Department: Board of Trustees
Job Category: Trustee
Pay Band: Trustee

Vacancy Description

UK Wales UK Region Corporate Affairs Attachment Pay band: Unremunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses reimbursed Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date: Tuesday 30 April 2019 Interview date: 17 May 2019

About us

The British Council exists to promote a ‘friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence.

We believe that international connections and opportunities can and do make a huge difference for people, communities, institutions and the country as a whole.

We are seeking a Chair for our Wales Advisory Committee who is deeply knowledgeable about Wales and committed to maintaining and growing its international connections and contribution. The Wales Advisory Committee plays a key role in shaping and championing our work in Wales so that it adds real value across the areas of education, culture, society and to the country’s success more broadly. Our current Committee members bring valuable expertise and insight from these sectors. We would particularly welcome interest from candidates for the role of Chair who bring a cross-sector perspective, who have senior-level board or governance experience and who have worked at a UK and/or international level. British Council Wales is an integral part of the British Council global network and we work with our offices around the world to build international profile and partnerships for Wales and to achieve greater global engagement with Welsh cultural and educational assets.

In Wales, we focus primarily on education and arts. Working closely with Welsh partners and across the British Council network and we aim to:

  • Ensure key stakeholders and potential beneficiaries in Wales are aware of and supported to fully engage with the British Council’s education and arts offers.
  • Support the Welsh education and arts sectors’ international ambitions
  • Contribute positively and visibly to the national debate on internationalizing education and the arts in Wales
  • Ensure that the British Council’s global work is informed by a distinctive Welsh voice.

The British Council draws on strategic advice from three Country Advisory Committees - for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These committees report to the Board of Trustees.

The opportunity

The Wales Advisory Committee provides advice and fresh insights to the Country Director Wales and advocates on the behalf of the British Council in Wales. The role of the Chair is to advise the Country Director in a non-executive capacity to maximise the impact that British Council can make in and for the relevant UK country. As Chair, you will lead the Wales Advisory Committee to fulfil its purpose and objectives as set out in the Terms of Reference.

The Chair of the Committee is appointed for a three-year term, renewable for a further three years. For two years, each Chair of a Country Advisory Committee takes their turn in representing all three Country Advisory Committees on the British Council’s Board of Trustees. The Wales Chair is next due to take up a place on the Board of Trustees from May 2019 for two years

Terms and Conditions

Roles on the Wales Advisory Committee are not remunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Key focus areas of the post include

  • Leading the Committee to fulfil its purpose and objectives outlined in the Terms of Reference
  • Chairing Committee meetings, normally three a year (and possibly an away day)
  • Remaining 2019 meeting dates: 14 June and 10 October 2019
  • Acting as advocate for the British Council’s work in Wales and in the UK as a whole
  • Hosting and speaking from time to time at events organised by British Council Wales
  • Attending other relevant British Council meetings and functions
  • Reviewing the papers for six Board of Trustees meetings a year and providing comments to the Chair of one of the three Country Advisory Committees currently serving on the British Council’s Board of Trustees
  • Attending the annual meeting of the Chairs of the three Country Advisory Committees with the Chair of the British Council

When on the Board of Trustees:

  • For two years, each Chair of a Country Advisory Committee takes their turn in representing all three Country Advisory Committees on the British Council’s Board of Trustees. The Wales Chair is next due to take up a place on the Board of Trustees from May 2019 for two years
  • Preparing for, and full participation, in six Board of Trustees meetings a year in London and an away day
  • Acting in a representative role by consulting the Chairs of the other two Country Advisory Committees in advance of Board of Trustees meetings (by videoconference or otherwise)
  • Making a brief report during Board of Trustees meetings and feeding back to the Chairs of the other two Country Advisory Committees

What we require of the successful candidate

  • Experience of a senior role within a major private, public or voluntary sector organisation in a management and/or Board capacity. Experience of chairing a board ideal.
  • Significant recent experience in one or more of the three Strategic Business Units (core business areas) of British Council activity - Arts, Education and Society, and English and Exams
  • Varied range of contacts in Wales across relevant sectors; arts, culture, education, civil society and government.
  • Strong international background and/or interests
  • Belief in, understanding and knowledge of, what Wales can contribute on the world stage
  • Capacity to act as a ‘critical friend’ to Country Director Wales
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Highly effective communication skills (oral and written)

Our equality commitment

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

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Further details

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by sending a copy of your CV and a covering letter to Jenny Scott, Country Director Wales: jenny.scott@britishcouncil.org.

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