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Mar 272020

Governors - Birmingham City University (BCU)

Recruiter: Birmingham City University (BCU)
Location: Birmingham
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
Closes: 13 Apr 2020
Job Function: Governor
Industry: Education

Birmingham City University (BCU) has been at the heart of Birmingham for over 175 years. With over 25,000 students from nearly 100 countries, the University has a deserved reputation as a vibrant, ambitious and successful institution. The investment of some £340 million into the estate has created a truly astonishing environment for students and staff, in the heart of the city. BCU has a clear sense of its identity, captured in the recent “I Am BCU” campaign and supported by the 2025 Strategy which champions its values of ambition, collegiality and community. With over 50 percent of our students from a BAME background, we are proud of how we represent and positively impact this wonderful city, and with Sir Lenny Henry as our Chancellor, we are truly the University for Birmingham.

BCU is now looking to make several appointments to its Board of Governors. The role of Governor provides an important opportunity to contribute to the shape and development of the University at an exciting time for BCU and higher education more generally. The Board of Governors will play an essential role in the delivery of the 2025 Strategy, and be fundamental in supporting our staff, challenging, of course, where necessary, and providing corporate governance that is effective and constructive.

We are keen to hear from candidates who offer strategic level experience in one or more of the following desirable areas: Finance, Digital technology, Audit and Risk, Estates and Education. Expressions of interest are welcome from those with strategic vision and an ambitious entrepreneurial outlook balanced with the ability to operate within a challenging and unpredictable sector. A strong personal commitment to higher education and the values, aims and objectives of the University is essential. Previous non-executive experience is desirable but not essential, however an analytical and constructively challenging approach is required. Knowledge of the city and diverse community in and around Birmingham would be an advantage.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Birmingham City University on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference WAJAG. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by noon on Monday 13 April 2020.

Mar 272020

Non-Executive Directors - Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

non-executive directorBody: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: Bristol with some travel to other DVSA locations in the UK required
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 36 days per annum

Vacancy Description

Driving supports every aspect of modern life for everybody, every day, whether it is getting to a destination or delivering goods for consumption. Safe and reliable driving and vehicles are essential for public wellbeing, and as a society we expect to drive motor vehicles that are safe and compliant and be on the roads with other safe drivers. In addition, we need to look after our environment to ensure we are playing out part in ensuring low emissions. We look to the DVSA as it plays a vital role in ensuring that the roads of Great Britain are kept safe. From carrying out driving practical and theory tests, to ensuring that MOTs are executed efficiently, the DVSA’s work affects a huge number of motorists’ everyday lives.

With rapid progress in the development of new technologies, we are seeing the DVSA start the process of modernising and transforming many of its core services. These range from ensuring that practical and theory tests remain effective and relevant, to ensuring that MOT and vehicle tests are carried out in a rigorous, customer-friendly way. The way people will travel will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 100 years. The DVSA will play a vital role in this revolution, ensuring that the changing needs of drivers, cyclists and vehicles are upheld, and that our road network remains one of the safest in the world.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of an organisation which keeps Britain moving. You would be joining the DVSA at an exciting time, with the opportunity to help shape the future of the agency and ensure its continued success. This will mean supporting the executive team in developing the organisation to be equipped for a future where technological transformation will significantly influence mobility.

The DVSA is now seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to the Board who will embrace technological disruption, possess an entrepreneurial spirit and have a passion for harnessing the possibilities that digital transformation plays in driving greater customer insight and intimacy. We seek a Non-Executive Director who will be expected to provide thought leadership in digital transformation and keep abreast of digital transformation trends and innovative approaches to operational excellence, as well as a Non-Executive Director who will have the necessary skills required to chair the audit and risk committee.

Person Specification

In prioritising the financial management and innovation and technology aspects of the brief, the board is open minded regarding the sector(s) from which the successful candidate is drawn, albeit those with some prior knowledge and understanding of DVSA’s activities, or tangentially relevant sectors including, for example, its customer base, gaming, technology, retail, manufacturing or broader industrial markets experience might be best placed to contribute. There is no requirement that candidates have to have a background in the automotive industry, or more broadly in the transport sector.

We are particularly interested in experience in one or more of the following areas to reinforce diversity of thought and perspective, whether as a first-time or experienced Non-Executive Director:

  • Expertise and ability to command credibility across stakeholder groups, having worked in a senior executive role at board level delivering transformative results through technology/digital transformation;
  • Ability to challenge the DVSA to ensure that it is a truly customer focused organisation, based on proven experience in delivering excellent customer service and satisfaction;
  • Operating at board level within a corporate environment with a background of advising, architecting and executing digital transformation strategies;
  • Board level experience with considerable, practical post-qualification experience of budgeting, financial control, financial and management accounting and risk management. The new Audit Committee Chair will have worked closely with a board and an audit committee;
  • Risk management and experience from a business of scale and complexity;
  • The ability to successfully deliver change: experience of transforming business processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness at significantly lower cost.
  • We positively welcome applicants from all backgrounds. All public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition.

How to Apply

The application deadline is 12:00 on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

For candidates with strong technology expertise – the preferred method of application is online at:


For candidates with strong financial management expertise – the preferred method of application is online at: www.odgers.com/76270

If you are unable to apply online please email:

76089@odgersberndtson.com OR 76270@odgersberndtson.com

Any postal applications should be sent direct to Anne Neill, Odgers Berndtson, 20 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6XD.

In order to apply, please submit the following:

  1. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) – this should explain how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the nine criteria highlighted in the Person Specification on p.8. Please note that the Statement of Suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  2. A CV.
  3. All candidates are required to complete an online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which you will receive an email prompt to complete during the application process. This will assist the department in monitoring selection decisions to assess whether equality of opportunity is being achieved. Any information collated from the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms will not be used as part of the selection process and will be treated as strictly confidential.
  4. All candidates are also requested to complete a Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity form.

Applications will not be considered complete until the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity form are submitted.


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

Mar 272020

Economist Member - NHS Pay Review Board (NHSPRB) (VAC-1685)

Recruiter: Department of Health & Social Care
Location: London
Salary: Remuneration: £300 per day
Posted: 13 Mar 2020
Closes: 14 Apr 2020
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Public, Central Government

NHS Pay Review Board (NHSPRB), Economist Member (VAC-1685)

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint an Economist Member to the NHSPRB. The NHSPRB advises the Government on pay issues for NHS staff employed on Agenda for Change pay, terms and conditions.

As a member, you will play a key part in assessing the evidence of the government, organisations representing the NHS and organisations representing NHS staff paid under the Agenda for Change pay system and assist in making annual recommendations to the Government on the remuneration of NHS staff.

Members will be able to gain the respect and keep the confidence of others, including Ministers and senior Government officials, through effective communication and influencing skills.

You will have proven senior level experience of economics in the academic and / or business world and you will be able to think strategically to exercise sound judgement. You will also have the ability to analyse and interpret detailed information and an ability to reflect the patient perspective and the role of reward in supporting excellent patient care.

Members are remunerated at a rate of £300 per day for preparation and attendance at meetings. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care determines the length of appointment, which may be for up to a maximum of 4 years.

For more information, please visit the Public Appointments website:

http://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ If you require an alternative format please call Ryan Lloyd on 0113 254 5929 quoting the reference VAC-1685.

The closing date for applications is midday on 14 April 2020. The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Mar 272020

Non-Executive Board Member - Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education
Location: London, Coventry and other locations as required.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: A fee of £15,000 a year is payable.
Time Requirements: Members spend 2 days a month carrying out board duties, including attending board meetings, and must be prepared to be flexible about how these 2 days are used. For example, board activities may amount to more than 2 days in one month and less in another.

Vacancy Description

The Government has set itself an ambitious agenda to improve the quality of apprenticeships and technical education, to drive an increase in productivity. To achieve these goals, we need employers to invest more in training their workforce and for people to be trained to fill skills gaps.

The Government’s apprenticeships reform programme is now established and has seen employers take ownership of determining the skills and competencies that they need their apprentices to achieve to best serve their business. The first T Levels will be delivered from September 2020 to provide a high-quality technical option for young people aged 16 to 19.

The Institute was established as a Crown Non-Departmental Public Body, independent of Government and employer-led with a mandate set by Ministers. The Institute is playing a vital role in continuing the apprenticeship and technical education reform process and works on behalf of employers to support the delivery of high quality apprenticeships and T Levels in England. The Institute enables apprentices or learners to be confident that their apprenticeship or T Level is of high quality, respected and will help them to build a career with a clear market value.

The Institute:

  • Acts as the ultimate decision maker on approving apprenticeship standards and assessment plans to ensure they are of high quality, sufficiently stretching and kept occupationally relevant, with employer backing.
  • Advises on the maximum level of government funding available for those standards, so that they represent good value for money.
  • Is responsible for Technical Qualifications, which are the main, classroom-based element of the T Level.
  • Will play a role in the reform of Higher Technical Qualifications.

The Institute’s Board has a diverse range of experience and is primarily made up of employers, education and business leaders. The Institute currently has around 200 staff, based on two sites in London and Coventry.

The Institute’s Board ensures that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. In particular, the Board has collective responsibility for establishing and taking forward the strategic direction of the Institute, having regard to the Strategic Guidance issued to the Institute by the Government each year.

  • Board members must assure that the Institute develops high-quality apprenticeships and technical qualifications, so they are viewed and respected as highly as other education routes. In driving forward this ambition, Board members will develop and manage effective relationships with senior stakeholders, be a visible authoritative presence on the public stage when necessary, be a credible figure with employers and a champion for apprentices and technical education.
  • Board members must always observe the highest standards of probity, impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to management of the organisation and when making strategic decisions, ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are always observed.
  • Board members operate on the principles of collective responsibility, support and respect. Members are provided with all information necessary to ensure vigorous debate and effective decision-making. Members may request any additional information they deem necessary to ensure that the decision-making process is sufficiently well informed and robust.
  • Board members should speak with one voice in public on Institute matters. Board members should not make press or public statements in respect of the Institute’s affairs without the permission of the Chair (or, in the absence of the Chair, the Chief Executive). Briefing and assistance for Board members making public statements is provided.
  • Decisions of the Board are normally reached by consensus and only in exceptional circumstances should a formal vote be necessary. All decisions of the Board are recorded. Minority views are not normally be made public although, if a vote is necessary, the outcome of that vote is be recorded in the Board minutes.
  • If a Board member resigns because of a disagreement with a Board decision, they may state the basis for the disagreement but may not publicly disclose the views of other Board members.
  • There is an expectation that Board members will serve on at least one Board Committee.

Person Specification

Candidates will be proven strategic thinkers able to contribute across a range of governance, policy and financial matters relating to apprenticeships, skills and technical education. The role involves developing and managing effective relationships with senior stakeholders, seeking to bring them on board and win their commitment to the functions of the Institute.

Applications are sought from senior business or public sector figures whose organisations recruit through a range of entry routes, who employ a significant number of apprentices and who understand the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses following the technical education reforms. Members must have the time and skills to contribute across a range of the Institute’s strategic and governance issues.

Essential criteria

A successful candidate will have the following essential criteria:

  • Exceptional leadership skills, with experience of working at board level;
  • Proven ability to drive cultural change, with a track record of delivering outstanding results;
  • A proven track record of commanding respect from employers, both big and small, at a senior level;
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly, both privately and on the public stage;
  • An understanding of the government’s vision for apprenticeships, skills and technical education, and a passion and determination for it to succeed;
  • An understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by employers;
  • A commitment to maintaining the independence of the Institute whilst at the same time ensuring it delivers the government’s aims.

For one of the two posts, a successful candidate will have:

  • Proven financial skills that will support the Institute’s financial capability at board level and its work on securing value for money in the apprenticeships programme;
  • A strong background in regulatory work, with the ability to provide sufficient challenge on regulatory effectiveness and compliance.

Desirable criteria

For one of the two posts, we are particularly interested in appointing a candidate from the digital industries.

Applicants will be assessed against these criteria in their application form and at any subsequent interview. In the event that we receive a large number of applications, those which do not clearly demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by employers, and exceptional leadership skills with experience of working at board level, will be rejected at the first sift stage.

Additional Information

For details of the board and the work they do please visit https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/about/

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:


  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12).
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • Applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • Feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Mar 272020

Chair - Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills)

Body: Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills)
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Bi-monthly board meetings usually take place in London; other events throughout the year across the country.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £46,800 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 days per week

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Education is seeking a new Chair for Ofsted’s non-executive Board of Directors, to support and appropriately challenge the organisation as it continues its drive to improve educational outcomes for children and young people and the quality of children’s social care services.

The Chair leads the Board in discharging its statutory responsibilities, which are to:

  • set strategic priorities for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) in connection with the performance of her functions;
  • set strategic objectives and targets relating to such priorities; and
  • ensure that HMCI’s functions are performed efficiently and effectively.

The Chair has particular responsibility for providing effective leadership, in partnership with Ofsted’s senior executive team, on matters such as:

  • formulating the Board’s strategy for discharging its statutory duties in line with Government policy;
  • monitoring the strategic performance of the organisation, ensuring that it delivers services in line with relevant Government policy, and the targets and standards set by the Board and HMCI;
  • encouraging high standards of propriety;
  • representing the views of the Board internally within Ofsted;
  • making recommendations to the Secretary of State for the appointment of new Board members/reappointments where needed and providing for the induction, training, objective setting and assessment of individual Board members; and
  • advice to the Secretary of State for Education on the performance of HMCI’s functions, on behalf of the Board.

Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. If applicant numbers are excessive, preliminary sifting will be done using only the first criteria.

In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post (max 300 words per criteria – if this is exceeded only the first 300 words will be considered).

Essential criteria

  • The ability to think strategically and to lead strategic development in different contexts.
  • Experience of working at the most senior levels and evidence of the ability to work with and in the public, voluntary or private sectors.
  • A good communicator with the ability to build relationships, provide appropriate challenge and gain respect and keep confidence of key stakeholders, including ministers and senior government officials.
  • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of at least one of the sectors in which Ofsted acts as an inspectorate and regulator, and/or experience of inspection and/or regulatory activity.
  • A sound understanding of, and commitment to, equal opportunities for all and the principles of public life.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 6th April 11.00am.

Please submit the following documents by email to:


  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form – you will need to demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the essential criteria (max 300 words per criteria – if this is exceeded only the first 300 words will be considered). Please note that if applicant numbers are excessive, preliminary sifting will be done using only the first criteria.
  • Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at: PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Mar 272020

Board members - Ayrshire College

Reference: 2759
Remuneration: No remuneration but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed
Location: Ayrshire
Closing date: 10 April 2020 at midnight

Recruitment to Membership of the Board of Management Board Members Reference: REQ00429

Ayrshire College is recruiting two new members to its Board of Management. You may never have considered a Board position before however, your experience may be invaluable! Many of us don't realise how much we have to offer, so even if you are really not sure that the Boardroom is for you, please contact us to discuss the role of the Board and its Members and the contribution you could make.

Ayrshire College is a vibrant, student-centered place of learning and our motto ‘Start Here, Go Anywhere', we believe, sets the scene for our approach to encouraging and engaging our students at this important stage in their lives. You will be committed to a public service role where you can use your experience to influence the strategic direction of the College to serve the communities and address business needs.

Board Members will also be expected to act as public ambassadors and advocates for the College in the wider community of Ayrshire and beyond. As an ambassador you will value and respect diversity and promote an ethos of inclusion, equality and positive well-being.

The Board encourages applications from individuals representing all aspects of the communities of Ayrshire and would therefore welcome applications from small businesses and under-represented groups such as people with disabilities and ethnic minorities. The essential criterion is for you to have an appropriate level of commitment, knowledge and experience to add value to the deliberations and work of the Board of Management.

Applications are also particularly invited from individuals with experience of key local economy sectors including STEM, Commerce, Hospitality, Tourism and the Third Sector. In addition, applications from individuals with specific skills in Health & Social Care, Human Resource Management/Strategy, Academia, Accounting, Audit, Financial Management and Construction are also welcomed.

The time commitment is approximately 15 days or 105 hours per year, mainly in the afternoons/early evenings although this also includes the time for reading papers. There is no remuneration for the posts; however, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. The appointment term will be up to four years.

It is currently envisaged that interviews will be held during the week beginning 11 May 2020. The interview and candidate assessment process may include a social event at which applicants would meet with other Board members, students and staff of the College, together with members of the College Senior Leadership Team, in an informal setting.

If you wish to discuss further the role of the Board Member, please contact Willie Mackie, Chair of the Board of Management, at willie@williemackieconsulting.co.uk or Brendan Ferguson, Board Secretary, on 01292 293543, email brendan.ferguson@ayrshire.ac.uk

Application Procedure

To apply for the post, please visit https://careers.ayrshire.ac.uk/. If you require the application pack documentation in an alternative format or require any assistance, please contact the HR Team on 01292 293005 or email ayrshirecollegecareers@ayrshire.ac.uk Thank you for your interest in pursuing a role with Ayrshire College.

Mar 272020

Board Member - The Office of Tax Simplification

Body: HM Treasury
Appointing Department: HM Treasury
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This appointment is not remunerated although reasonable expenses for attending board meetings will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The time commitment is approximately 10 days per annum, including six Board meetings and one or two other specific engagements per year.

Vacancy Description

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides the government with independent advice on simplifying the tax system, to make things easier for taxpayers.

The OTS Board is led by an independent Chair (Kathryn Cearns OBE) and Tax Director (Bill Dodwell) and has representatives from HM Treasury and HMRC and up to four independent members, supported by a diverse staff team drawn from the civil service and the private sector, led by the OTS Head of Office David Halsey.

The four independent members of the OTS Board are currently Dame Teresa Graham, John Cullinane, Kathleen Russ and – until his recent resignation – Paul Johnson.

To support its work and further development, the OTS would like to identify an exceptional individual with relevant experience to join its Board as one of its independent members.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will:

  • bring relevant tax expertise and skills and experience in a related field (such as tax policy, academia, economics, or as a practitioner)
  • bring experience of, or an interest in, the taxation of smaller businesses, individuals or unadvised taxpayers
  • bring an informed, realistic and independent personal mindset to bear
  • be able to draw on their expertise, skills and experience without simply acting as a representative of a particular profession or interest group
  • be able to work collaboratively with, and appropriately challenge, other Board members, and others with diverse backgrounds, expertise or experience
  • be willing and credibly able to fulfil the role and its responsibilities

As a holder of a public office Board members are expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Additional Information

This is a Chancellor Appointment. The Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) nominates an appointable candidate to the Chancellor.

The OTS was set up on 20 July 2010 and made a permanent independent Office of HM Treasury on 21 July 2015. It was then placed on a statutory basis in sections 184 to 189 of, and Schedule 25 to, Finance Act 2016, which came into effect as from 28 November 2016.

Board members are appointed for a term of office of up to 5 years and are eligible for reappointment. Board meetings take place in Central London.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and transgender.

We are committed to actively encouraging applications from people with disabilities. Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the appointment, as outlined in the relevant role description. Declaring a disability for the purposes of a guaranteed interview is your decision and is entirely voluntary. If you wish to apply under the Interview Access Scheme, please complete the form at Annex B. Whether you choose to apply under the Interview Access Scheme or not you can still ask us to make particular arrangements for you when attending an interview. You can also contact us if you want to discuss the criteria for the role or have questions regarding your application.

Reasonable expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will be reimbursed.

Due Diligence: as part of the recruitment process, due diligence, including social media checks, will be undertaken on short-listed candidates.

You will be required to exercise care in the use of official information acquired in the course of your duties, and not to disclose information which is held in confidence.

You are expected not to occupy a paid party-political post or to hold a sensitive or high-profile role in a political party during your appointment as OTS Board member. Subject to this, you are free to engage in political activities provided you are conscious of your general public responsibilities and exercise a proper discretion, particularly with regard to the work of the OTS.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00hrs on 6 April 2020.
Apply by email: david.halsey@ots.gov.uk or, if you cannot apply online by post: Office of Tax Simplification, Room G41, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

  • The role title and reference
  • A CV, which provides details of your qualifications, employment history, skills and experience
  • A covering letter in which you succinctly address how your skills meet the requirements of the role
  • Names of at least two referees who may be contacted at short list stage, i.e. before interview
  • The forms regarding contact details, diversity and political activity. This information is required for monitoring purposes only and will not be seen by any selection panel.


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

Mar 272020

Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators - Department of International Trade

Recruiter: Department for International Trade
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Not Specified
Posted: 19 Mar 2020
Closes: 19 Apr 2020
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Public

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking to appoint, pursuant to Article 13(1) of the ICSID Convention, up to four individuals to the Panel of Arbitrators and up to four individuals to the Panel of Conciliators.

Convened by the ICSID Secretariat, the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators are rosters of Member States’ appointees from which individual arbitrators or conciliators can be drawn. The designees serve for a renewable term of six years (Article 15(1) of the ICSID Convention) and may be of any nationality (Article 13(1) of the ICSID Convention). Through their appointment, Panellists are made available for selection to ICSID Tribunals, Commissions or ad hoc Committees.

Further information about ICSID, the Panel of Arbitrators and of Conciliators can be found online at https://icsid.worldbank.org/en/.

Expressions of interest in the form of a CV (max. 2 pages) and cover letter (max. 1 page) should be sent to icsidappointments@trade.gov.uk. Applicants should specify whether they wish to be considered only for the Panel of Arbitrators or Panel of Conciliators or for both. Expressions of interest should clearly set out the applicant’s motivation and detail how they satisfy the core ICSID criteria set out in Article 14(1) of the ICSID Convention:

That they are persons:

  • of high moral character;
  • of recognised competence in the fields of law, commerce, industry or finance;
  • able to exercise independent judgement.

Additionally, applicants should also evidence that they have:

  • Not less than 8-10 years’ professional experience of public international law and/or private international law; knowledge and experience of international investment law and international arbitration or conciliation;
  • Excellent organisational skills; prioritising, coordinating and delivering work in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Experience as a judge, tribunal member, arbitrator, mediator or similar role in a process of formal dispute settlement would be desirable, as well as an ability to operate professionally in either French or Spanish, in addition to English.

Applicants should provide two professional reference contacts, to be contacted in due course for written statement, as well as formally declare any potential conflicts of interest. Persons currently taking instruction from the United Kingdom or devolved governments, or any government of a Contracting Party to the ICSID Convention must declare this in their application. Potential conflicts of interest will be considered in assessing an applicants’ suitability for appointment.

Through their designation to either Panel, designees are made available for selection to Tribunals, Commissions and ad hoc Committees and applicants should confirm their understanding of the requirements on their availability, as well as willingness to travel if selected.

The closing date for applications is 19 April 2020. Applications are particularly welcome from under-represented groups. Enquiries may be directed to icsidappointments@trade.gov.uk.

Mar 262020

Non Executive Director (Scotland Based) - Real Life Options (RLO)

Location: Central Belt, Scotland
Salary: Unremunerated
Reference: SM / NED/RLOS
Job Type: Permanent
Sector: Other Business Support
Closing date: 18/04/2020

The company

Brewster Partners Recruitment Group are delighted to be working with Real Life Options (RLO) to recruit up to four Non-Executive Directors to join their team. RLO are a registered charity, employing 2000 individuals across England and Scotland, supporting more than 2000 people with learning disabilities and autism, some with complex or age-related needs, to have a strong voice and a real choice in the way they live their lives.

Established over 25 years ago RLO is one of the leading care support providers in the UK and they are now looking forward the next exciting stage of this journey which will see their services expand to more people than ever before. Using leading care methodologies and the increasing the use of innovative/assistive technology to further improve the lives of those they support.

The job

Key responsibilities for the role of Non-Executive Director will be:

  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees, giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance
  • To safeguard the good name of values of the organisation
  • To help guide Real Life Options in a formal governance position and play a key 'challenge and support' role for Real Life Options' executive, staff and volunteers.

The person

We are looking for candidates with a proven record of working at a senior management / Director level, who demonstrate one of the following areas of knowledge and expertise:

  • Finance and Accountancy
  • Assistive Technologies or the use of technology to improve service provision
  • Experience of working within the national government framework and care related public policy

In line with RLO’s national coverage we are looking to identify individuals anywhere in the UK and we are particularly keen to hear from those with the requisite skills and experience that are based in or have a commitment to the delivery of RLO’s services in Scotland

The benefits

The role of Non-Executive Director is a voluntary position and as such is unremunerated, however reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed. Time commitment is approximately 8 days a year with meetings to be held at our offices in Knottingley, West Yorkshire.

For a full information pack and further details on how to apply please visit




Sarah Metcalfe
Head of Research
Brewster Partners Recruitment Group

T: 01302 308 040
M: 07971 673 152
E: smetcalfe@brewsterpartners.co.uk


To apply for this job, please send your CV to the email above or to info@brewsterpartners.co.uk quoting "Vacancy: Non Executive Director (Scotland Based), Reference: SM / NED/RLOS". Thank you for your interest.

Mar 262020

Non-Executive Chair - Harwich Haven Authority

Location: Harwich
Date Posted: 16/03/2020
Closing Date: 17/04/2020
£37,000 pa

Vacancy Description

Having celebrated our 156 year anniversary last year, we are looking forward to the challenge of strengthening our role in safeguarding the best natural haven on the east coast of England. We cover an area across the River Stour, the lower part of the River Orwell, Harwich Harbour and an area seaward extending 12 nautical miles from the harbour entrance. We provide services for shipping using the commercial ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Harwich International, Harwich Navyard and Mistley and also pilot boarding and landing services for the rivers Thames, Medway, Blackwater, Colne and Crouch. Our vision is to be an exemplary Trust Port offering world class services, working with all stakeholders for a flourishing Haven.

We are a statutory harbour authority governed by an independent Board charged with acting in the interests of its stakeholders. We receive no public funding and do not issue, nor are we required to pay a dividend or any form of equity. Any surplus from operations is reinvested for the provision or improvement of facilities. Following a successful term of office, our Chair is stepping down, and we are looking for a strong replacement to enable our organisation to be in the best possible position to face the challenges ahead where we are likely to see fewer but larger, more efficient vessels, increasing levels of automation and an ever more competitive environment.

You will be an experienced Non-Executive Director with a track record in providing effective leadership within a complex commercial organisation. With experience of working at a comparable scale, stakeholder engagement will be a natural strength as will your ability to lead a highly credible team of people. With a clear commitment to diversity and a demonstrable understanding and experience of business and commercial imperatives, you will bring a breadth of experience to the organisation and the role.

These are exciting times of the organisation, and this opportunity provides a great chance to make a positive impact and contribution.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to display key personal qualities:

  • A strategic perspective, with the ability to see the bigger picture and long term opportunities and impacts
  • Good leadership skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and partners in a diverse range of organisations at multiple levels
  • A collaborative style, with strong interpersonal skills

Candidates must have substantial experience at non-executive level on comparable Boards (not necessarily in the ports sector).

Candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • A track record in providing effective leadership in a complex commercial organisation with a group of diverse stakeholders (local, regional, national and international), within an organisation of comparable scale
  • A sound understanding and experience of good governance
  • Commitment to the Nolan Principles in public life
  • An appreciation and commitment to diversity
  • An understanding and experience of business and commercial imperatives

Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in some of the following areas:

  • Working with central government
  • Building and structuring commercial partnerships and projects
  • The Ports or maritime sector
  • Industry regulation
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Organisation development
  • Strategy development
  • Executive experience at Board level
  • Major infrastructure

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups.

How to Apply

Please contact Michael Dobson on 020 7426 3968, Julie Myers on 07595 779915 or Matt Malone on 0113 205 6063 at our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson for an informal discussion.

To apply and for further information, visit www.hhaappointments.com.

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