Apr 202021
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – 4 Non-Executive Directors

4 Non-Executive Directors - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Body: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London/Various
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: The NEDs are remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per month
Closed for Applications: 10/05/2021 at midday

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make up to four appointments to the board of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK. It is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. Recognised globally as an authority in its field, the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health and supports innovation through scientific research and development.

Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) are appointed to provide independent and constructive challenge to enable the Board to achieve its responsibilities. All NEDs must be independent of management and must allocate sufficient time to the Agency Board to discharge their responsibilities effectively. This includes ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times and ensuring that the Agency operates in an open, accountable and responsive way.

As a NED, you will:

  • Contribute to the development of the Agency’s strategic direction and strategic objectives, taking into account your own understanding of the external environment that could impact on the achievement of these objectives
  • Contribute to the governance of the Agency by ensuring that independent oversight is maintained on the Agency’s operational effectiveness, patient engagement, risk management, financial efficiency and working relationship with key stakeholders
  • Monitor the overall performance of the Agency and hold the Executive Committee to account for the delivery of the agreed strategic imperatives and business plan objectives
  • Become an active and constructive member of at least one of the three MHRA Board Assurance Committees and take on at least one special interest role so that the board can benefit from independent, specialist expertise built outside the Agency
  • Act as an ambassador for the Agency at all times and help connect the Agency with stakeholders in other organisations when appropriate. Individual NEDs may be asked to represent the Agency in external meetings in some situations, but only with the prior agreement of both the Chair and the Chief Executive
  • Identify any matters that may adversely affect the reputation or public trust in the Agency’s work, through a broad understanding of the wider UK and international environment in which the Agency operates
  • Act as a “critical friend” by providing independent counsel, support and constructive challenge to members of the Executive Committee without straying into the day-to-day management of the organisation.

Person Specification

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.

  • A record of achievement and an ability to operate effectively on the board of a significant national organisation, with the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability and conduct.
  • Demonstrable interest in the work of the MHRA, and particularly in the development of new medical products and the role of regulation in enabling innovation.
  • Excellent communication skills, sound judgement and demonstrable experience of strategic thinking, with the ability to scrutinise and challenge complex proposals constructively.

In addition, candidates should bring specific skills and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Expertise on Innovative Medicines – 2 NED roles
    • Candidates will have a medical or healthcare qualification and be considered by their peers to have specialist knowledge on the development and/or clinical use of innovative biological medicines, cell and gene therapies and/or companion diagnostics to deliver meaningful patient benefits
  • Expertise on Digital Health and/or Medical Technologies – 2 NED roles
    • Candidates will have a track record of working on the development and clinical application of digital health, artificial intelligence, and/or innovative medical technologies to deliver meaningful patient benefits.

Other skills which would be highly desirable and valued by the Board include experience of innovative clinical trial design and delivery; patient safety, vigilance and risk management; patient involvement and engagement; and use of real-world data.

Additional Information

For full details of the role and for further additional background information, please see the Candidate Information Pack document.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and a completed Monitoring form to:

appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-1715 in the subject field.

Applications must be received by midday on 10 May 2021.


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

Apr 202021
East Coast Community Healthcare CIC – 3 Non-Executive Directors

3 Non-Executive Directors - East Coast Community Healthcare CIC

Location: East Coast Community Healthcare CIC
Vacancy Description: East Coast Community Healthcare CIC (ECCH)
Time commitment: 2-3 days per month (flexibility of days required)
Remuneration: £8339.40 per annum, plus expenses as required

Background and role focus

East Coast Community Healthcare CIC (ECCH) is a successful and growing social enterprise which delivers community healthcare across areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. We currently have a “Good” rating from the CQC and we have exciting plans for the future.

The Non-Executive Director (NED) role is a key leadership position for the strategic development of ECCH as a Social Enterprise. They will guide the evolution of our CIC, championing the strategic commitments and being a role model for a collaborative culture underpinned by our signature behaviours.

Our NEDs primarily work alongside the Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer, Staff Directors and Executive Directors as members of the ECCH Board and a primary focus is to advise on the development of strategy, oversee governance and ensure the performance of the organisation and its subsidiary companies. They also hold the organisation to its strategic commitments for quality (excelling), growing, people and partnerships, operating as a successful independent social enterprise with a reputation for integrity, strength and resilience.

As a staff-owned organisation, we are passionate about ensuring our employees and shareholders have a voice and involvement in setting the direction of the organisation. We have a strong commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and our Non-Executive Directors work closely with the Board to promote and facilitate the voice and inclusiveness of our staff, patients and the communities we serve.

What skills do we need?

We are particularly looking for candidates in any of the following fields and whose board level skills and experience will complement those of our team of Executive Directors.

  • Commercial
  • Transformational Change
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Audit*
  • Clinical
  • Human Resources
  • Organisational Development

*One of the appointed NEDs will fulfil the role of Chair of Audit.

What can you bring?

Because we are an employee- owned company, we particularly value the voice and contribution our employees and workforce give to the organisation. You must be able to demonstrate what this means in practice and how you live our values of Care, Compassion and Innovation.

We have a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and particularly welcome applications from people with a range of diverse backgrounds that can help us role model this approach.

What can we offer you?

In addition to the remuneration package, you will have great opportunities for personal growth and development by working with us.

Although the pandemic has meant a lot more of our colleagues are working mobile and remotely than before, as a community service organisation we have always advocated mobile working and our sites and services have remained open throughout, serving our communities.

Staff working in our services always welcome a personal visit from our board members and leadership team to share their insight, knowledge and experiences.

If you have a passion for transforming lives and a strong track record of delivery at board level in a complex and/or multi-site organisation, we would love to hear from you.

Thank you for your interest in East Coast Community Healthcare CIC

For further details about the role and how to apply, please see: https://neds.ecch.org

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rachel Theobald (Executive Assistant to Chair) on 01502 445287 or email rachel.theobald@nhs.net to arrange a chat with Tony Osmanski, ECCH’s Chair.

Closing date: 28 April 2021

Apr 202021
LUC – Chair

Chair - LUC

Business / Organisation Name: LUC
Business / Organisation Sector: Private
Business / Organisation Website: http://www.landuse.co.uk
Business / Organisation Type: Private Company
Role Title: Chair
Remuneration: Paid

About LUC

LUC is an independent environmental planning and assessment, landscape design, geospatial and ecology consultancy, working primarily across the UK but also internationally. The business is a fully employee-owned organisation, with all the shares held via an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Over the last few years, the company has grown its top and bottom lines, and generated good cash levels, contributing to a healthy balance sheet. LUC has high client satisfaction and has won numerous industry awards.


There is a key requirement to recruit an innovative NED to join the business as a Chair. The NED is the sole Non-Executive Director of the company and chairs the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. The NED is expected to bring an external, independent perspective to the Board, assist with strategy, help develop the business, including through facilitating new connections, and ensure that risks are suitably managed. The NED is expected to challenge and advise the executive directors, in line with the LUC company values, and help them to reach balanced judgements.

The Role

Core responsibilities will entail:

  • Chair the LUC Executive Board in a Non-Executive capacity and the Board of Trustees.
  • Bring an external facing, independent perspective and advise the Board accordingly.
  • Assist in setting and revising strategy and objectives.
  • Scrutinise the performance of management against the objectives and values of the company.
  • Advise on risk management and internal control frameworks.
  • Advise on systems which support the integrity and quality of management information.
  • Advise on governance arrangements and assist with succession planning, including chairing Appointments Panels.
  • Line management of the Managing Director.
  • Involvement in business development, (working closely with Board and senior team), including presentations at client events or conferences.
  • Facilitate new connections for the business, though providing introductions.

Person Specification

LUC are keen to see innovative NED Chair candidates that are client and people focused. Suitable people for the role will display the following:

  • Successful track records in chairing business committees or Boards.
  • Values driven with a strong environmental ethos.
  • Evidence of improving equality, diversity and inclusion within organisations.
  • Possibly strategic management or business development role experience in a consultancy organisation, perhaps engaged in environmental-related services.
  • Ability to engage constructively with senior management, scrutinise activity positively and successfully motivate people
  • Director of similar-sized company which has undergone sustained growth (Executive or NED).
  • Strategy development, governance, business development and operational experience.
  • Understanding of markets in which LUC operates or wishes to develop and connections.
  • Clear and enthusiastic communicator; verbal and written.
  • Understanding of systems and risk management.
  • Good understanding of management accounts and related management information.
  • Knowledge of reward and motivation mechanisms.

LUC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from under-represented groups. The business values the differences, needs and contributions a diverse workforce represents, and strives to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all of the company’s people related activities. It is important that this appointment supports this commitment.


LUC has office locations in London, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester. The NED could be based anywhere in the UK but must be able to travel to the office locations for Board meetings, and occasionally to other locations for special events.

Application Details

If this role is of interest and you have suitable experience, please email your CV to George Woodward george@novoexec.com from Novo Executive Search who is handling this assignment for us.

Thank You

Closing Date: 19/05/2021
Contact Name: George Woodward
Contact Telephone: 07715894058
Contact Email: george@novoexec.com

Apr 192021
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – 2 Non-Executive Directors

2 Non-Executive Directors - The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Location: London
Date Posted: 01/04/2021
Closing Date: 28/04/2021
£13,000 pa – 2 to 3 days/month

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

With 500 staff across a number of sites, we are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health.

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.

As a small specialist provider trust we have a number of roles in the health and care systems, these include:

  • Providing health services to our local population in Camden;
  • Delivering a number of specialist services which can be accessed by any individual across England;
  • Providing education and training in a range of health and care subject areas, some commissioned by Health Education England; and
  • Leading on research and innovation in both formally commissioned studies and locally driven innovation path finding.

We are seeking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors to join the board.

We are open on the sector and professional background of potential candidates. Across both roles it is likely successful candidates will bring a combination of expertise in commercial or corporate finance, strategy, clinical or education.

Candidates will bring a record of achievement at senior level, whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors; evidence of having influenced change with diverse groups of colleagues or stakeholders; and a track record of adding value at strategic level and contributing to the strategic development of an organisation. Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate commitment to the Trust’s values and the principles of the NHS with an awareness and appreciation and empathy of issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best Boards are those that are balanced and reflect the communities they serve. We want to increase the diversity of our board and particularly encourage applications from women, people from the local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, LGBT communities, younger candidates and from people with lived experience of disability, who we know are all under-represented in these important roles.

For more information about this opportunity, please see the candidate brief below containing application instructions, or contact us on 020 7529 6314 quoting the reference 82195.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th April 2021.

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Apr 192021
Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity – Corporate Partnerships Board Member

Corporate Partnerships Board Member - Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

Recruiter: Green Park
Location: London (Greater) (GB)
Salary: Unremunerated
Posted: 14 Apr 2021
Closes: 12 May 2021
Ref: JS10468
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Executive Management
Sector: Not for Profit / Charity
Contract Type: Voluntary / Trustee
Language: English

Trustee and Board Member, Corporate Partnerships Board

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, housing the widest range of specialists under one roof.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) became a separate legal entity from the hospital and registered Charity in 1998 and in 2014 was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee.

Today, GOSH Charity supports the Hospital and the seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated there by funding four key areas:

  • Research into pioneering new treatments for children
  • Essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital
  • Vital support services for children and their families
  • Life-saving medical equipment

We are at an exciting time as an organisation, about to launch our new five-year Organisation Strategy. Our key priorities are delivering impact, growing and diversifying our income, and working in partnership. A significant deliverable within this Strategy is to support the Hospital with one of the most significant and ambitious redevelopment projects in our history, the Children’s Cancer Centre.

At this critical time we are seeking a new Trustee to join the Board and help us to achieve our ambitions. We are particularly keen to attract an individual who have senior or expert level experience in their field, ideally with significant operational or organisational development experience gained in a complex setting. The new Trustee will also join the Finance and Resources Committee bringing a focus on resources, whether that’s gained from a background in operations, technology or people.

We are also seeking an individual to become a part of The Corporate Partnership Board. This is a volunteer body that plays a vital role helping GOSH Charity achieve its ambitious budgets through securing support from the corporate sector. Members are volunteers whose role is to open their own business networks and make introductions to the Charity, supporting efforts to develop and secure partnerships and activity. Members act individually on specific prospects and collectively under the leadership of the Chair to provide advice and insight.

These are exciting opportunities to be part of a fantastic organisation and are hugely rewarding.

If you have an interest in exploring either role further, please visit our microsite and get in touch with Green Park for further details:


Closing date: Monday 17 May 2021 at 08:00

Apr 192021
MORhomes PLC – Non-Executive Director and 2 Credit Committee Members

Non-Executive Director and 2 Credit Committee Members - MORhomes PLC

Recruiter: MORhomes PLC
Location: Home Based
Salary: Remunerated
Posted: 14 Apr 2021
Closes: 11 May 2021
Job Function: Non-Executive Director
Industry: Not-For-Profit, Housing / Regeneration
Position Type: Permanent

Today, one in ten households in the UK live in a housing association property and – now more than ever – housing associations are the front line of some of the country’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Many housing associations are now major developers, providing high quality and affordable homes where they are most needed, whilst also building resilient communities, tackling building safety concerns, and decarbonising homes in response to the climate crisis.

The social housing sector is therefore a critical part of the UK’s physical and social infrastructure. Set up and owned by UK housing associations, MORhomes is proud to have established itself as a unique and innovative borrowing vehicle, facilitating access for housing associations to the capital markets, and thereby supporting their work and especially their ability to build new, urgently needed affordable homes across the UK.

MORhomes is constituted as a PLC, but it is wholly owned by UK housing associations and mirrors their not for profit ethos and social purpose. It stands out for its flexible and efficient model, and outstanding profile around social value and sustainability. It raises finance on the bond markets and lends it on to its housing association shareholders, and its public debt is traded on the London Stock Exchange. In less than two years from launch it has built up its loan book to approaching £0.5billion and it has established a particular profile around ESG; in February 2021 MORhomes launched its Sustainable Bond Framework, which will support borrowers to deliver and evidence positive social and environmental impact.

At this exciting time in MORhomes’ evolution, it is looking to recruit a new Independent Non-Executive Director to serve on its main board, and two new Credit Committee Members. MORhomes is committed to diversifying its governance, and would warmly encourage people from under-represented groups – including people who would be new to non-executive roles – to express an interest in these opportunities. Credit Committee Members would also have the opportunity to be considered for future openings on the main board.

  • The Independent Non-Executive Board Director should be someone who brings strong corporate finance and specifically debt capital markets expertise, as well as the ability to make a significant contribution to the Audit & Risk Committee.
  • Two new Members are sought for the MORhomes Credit Committee, which plays a vital role in considering and approving credit levels for borrowers. One of the new appointees should bring strong experience of credit analysis from the financial services sector, and the other should have a broad and strategic level understanding of social housing finance (this second Credit Committee Member is likely to bring a track record in senior finance roles within the social housing sector).

These are remunerated roles with the Independent Non-Executive Director being remunerated at £12,000 a year with a time commitment of around 1-1.5 days a month. Credit Committee Members are paid £4,000 a year and there is a lighter commitment of around 0.5-1 day a month. MORhomes is a 100% digital/paperless organisation, and most Board and Committee meetings are conducted virtually.

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

Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 11 May 2021.


Apr 182021
Skills Reform Board – Independent Chair

Independent Chair - Skills Reform Board

Body: Skills Reform Board
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Board meetings are currently taking place virtually however this will be reviewed and travel to London may be required to attend future Board meetings.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Board Chair will receive ‘per meeting’ expenses payment of £400 which should cover all costs in relation to both preparation for and attendance of meetings. No other expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: The normal expectation of commitment for a DfE independent Chair will be up to 12 days per year. The DfE Skills Reform Boards will take place up to 12 times per year, this Board lasts approximately 90 minutes and preparatory work and actions arising will be required. Where possible members are expected to attend each meeting in person. The position of independent Chair will be appointed for a period of three years. The appointment may be reviewed at any time.
Closed for Applications: 10/05/2021

Vacancy Description

Skills Reform is a top delivery priority within the DfE following the publication of the Skills for Jobs White Paper in January 2021. The Skills Reform Board has been recently formed and will provide oversight over the delivery of the commitments within the White Paper.

The DfE is offering the exciting opportunity to Chair the newly formed Skills Reform Board. This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the Skills Reform delivery portfolio. We are seeking someone who is confident and constructive in their approach, and who can think both broadly and independently. It is essential that they are able to consider issues from a strategic perspective, in order to support and challenge the Board in its planning and risk management.

We welcome diversity at this newly formed Board and therefore we warmly invite applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

The Chair will be expected to participate fully in the DfE Skills Reform Board, by:

  • Leading the Board so that it plays a full role in the governance arrangements for Skills Reform.
  • Running the Skills Reform Board meetings efficiently and effectively.
  • Managing relationships and communications with Board members.
  • Ensuring as Chair, they have the sufficient understanding of the strategy and objectives of Skills Reform to be able to assist in effective and efficient decision making.
  • Considering reports from across the portfolio from senior DfE officials to provide the Board with assurance on top risks and progress across the portfolio.
  • Managing relations with external stakeholders within and outside government as necessary.

They will ensure they comply with the code of practice for Board members, and the Cabinet Office Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies

Please refer to applicant pack for further information.

Person Specification

Candidates will be asked to present evidence of the following essential criteria throughout the selection process:

  • Experience operating at a senior level in a business or other organisation (at scale including high-level management and/or board experience in the public, voluntary or private sectors).
  • Extensive expertise in both change and risk management.
  • An understanding of delivering complex and board programmes/ portfolios and the ability to think strategically, contributing to strategic development in different contexts.
  • Impartiality and the ability to assist effective and efficient decision-making using effective communication and relationship building skills, including the ability to negotiate, influence, challenge and listen sensitively to the views of others.
  • An ability to identify critical issues, question intelligently, challenging senior leaders and bringing them together to solve problems collaboratively.
  • A commitment to the seven principles of public life (Annex A), together with the willingness and availability to devote the necessary time to understand the business dynamics and context for the DfE’s work.

Prior experience of the education and skills sector is not essential, but the successful candidate will have a commitment to promoting education and skills for young people and adults.

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Knowledge/awareness of the DfE and post-16 skills.
  • A general understanding and appreciation of the values and role of the public sector.

How to Apply

Suitably qualified candidates are asked to submit:

  • A competed personal details form including a completed Diversity Monitoring form, contact details (including email address) for two professional referees available, details of any conflict of interest and political activity.
  • A comprehensive CV and a separate statement of suitability, of not more than two sides of A4, which outlines how you meet the requirements of the role.

Applications should be sent to: SkillsReformDelivery.PMO@education.gov.uk


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

Apr 182021
Digital Advisory Board – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Digital Advisory Board

Body: Digital Advisory Board
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Science & Technology
Location: London / Remote Working
Skills required: Change Management, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: N/A
Time Requirements: The time commitment for Non Executive Directors are: Attend 6 Digital Advisory Board (DAB) meetings per year, each 2-3 hours, usually face-to-face Engage ‘on the ground’ with selected focus Department, approximately 10 days per year Provide challenge and advice to CDDO Executive, Cabinet Office ministers and officials on an ad-hoc basis approximately 6 days per year.
Closed for Applications: 24/04/2021

Vacancy Description

Following the appointment of Paul Willmott as chair of the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), we are seeking to establish a new ‘Digital Advisory Board’ to provide independent expert advice to the CDDO and the wider leadership of the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) function across government.

There is a significant drive to take this work forward from both Minister Julia Lopez (Parliamentary Secretary) and Alex Chisholm (Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office) as well as the CDDO team itself.

The objectives of the Digital Advisory Board (DAB) are:

  • Set and sustain a high aspiration for the application of digital, data and technology (DDaT) across Government, drawing on external best practice
  • Provide active sponsorship to the CDDO Executive as they shape and deliver DDaT-enabled transformation of government
  • Provide challenge and advice to ministers and officials across Government as they deliver DDaT programmes
  • Provide input to other governance bodies, including decision-making bodies (e.g., Civil Service Digital & Data Sub-board), ministerial sponsorship groups (e.g., Government Digital Support Group) and Departmental boards

Responsibilities of DAB Non Executive Directors (NEDs):

  • Raise the aspiration for DDaT across Government by bringing external experience/expertise to bear
  • Collaborate with other DAB members and the CDDO Executive to align around DDaT priorities, strategies and plans
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders within government
  • Actively sponsor the CDDO Executive, providing support to resolve issues requiring additional expertise or stakeholder alignment
  • Engage with ministers and officials across Government in a variety of settings to provide challenge, advice and coaching
  • Work closely with one or more Departments (to be jointly agreed), engaging with minister and officials and Departmental NEDs to align agendas between the department and CDDO

Key Success Factors:

  • Build trust-based relationships with stakeholders including other NEDs, ministers and officials
  • Establish credibility as a DDaT-related expert with relevant experience
  • Maintain a high bar for outcomes (vs. external reference points) and surface issues clearly
  • Build alignment and desire for action around critical agenda points
  • Communicate clearly and consistently

Person Specification

  • Required Characteristics:
    • Credible at Board level
    • Thought-leader, used to shaping creative solutions to complex challenges
    • Comfortable operating with high ambiguity, taking decisions without full information
    • Effective communicator with strong influencing skills, able to use ‘soft power’ to influence
    • Collaborator, able to work with peers, NEDs and executives to jointly develop perspectives and solutions
    • Solution orientated, able to ‘bridge’ different views and bring stakeholders to a common position
    • Able to act with the highest integrity and discretion
  • Required Experience:

    • Experience operating at the highest levels, including:
      • Influencing at Board level
      • Managing large executive teams
      • Working in functional roles, with matrix oversight of multiple businesses and/or markets
    • Experience leading multi-year DDaT transformation programmes in complex environments, including all or some of:
      • Shaping ambitious strategies and plans for DDaT-enabled business transformation
      • Improving business understanding and accountability for DDaT/business model transformation, including the introduction of product-owner structures
      • End-to-end digitisation of customer-facing services including service redesign, automation, omnichannel and personalisation
      • Migration of legacy systems from on-prem to cloud and hybrid environments
      • Scaling data engineering, data science and AI capabilities, including API-based data architectures
      • Evolution of ways of working from waterfall to agile and DevOps, including product-aligned organisational models
      • Reshaping approaches to talent including rebuilding core technical skills, reskilling, introduction of technical career paths and certifications
      • Updating sourcing models, including insourcing and contracting for agile projects and programmes
  • Desirable experience:
    Experience of one or more of the following is desirable:

    • Machine Learning and AI
    • IOT and digital twins
    • Cyber security
    • Quantum computing
    • Low/no code tooling
    • Distributed ledger technologies
    • Open source technologies

Additional Information

Practical Expectations:

  • Attend 6 DAB meetings per year, each 2-3 hours, usually face-to-face
  • Engage ‘on the ground’ with selected focus Department, approximately 10 days per year
  • Provide challenge and advice to CDDO Executive, Cabinet Office ministers and officials on an ad-hoc basis, approximately 6 days per year
  • Travel to in person meetings, likely held in London, will be required in the future post COVID-19.

Conflicts of Interest:

Candidates must note the requirement to declare any interests they may have that might cause questions to be raised about their approach to the business of the Digital Advisory Board. They are required to declare any relevant business interests, shareholdings, positions of authority, retainers, consultancy arrangements or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies, both for themselves and for their spouses/partners.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV to cddo@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk demonstrating your relevant experience for this vacancy.

If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please advise us when you receive confirmation of an interview request.

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

Apr 182021
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board – Members

Members - Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Body: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: £11,808
Time Requirements: 36 days per annum
Closed for Applications: 30/04/2021 at 12:00

Vacancy Description

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a UK-wide non-departmental public body which was established on 1 April 2008 under the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008.

AHDB collects a statutory levy from all farmers and growers across six sectors to enable development work that individual businesses might struggle to do on their own. Levies are used to deliver tools and services that support the sectors to become more competitive and sustainable. We do this through knowledge transfer, research and development, market intelligence and market development.

AHDB currently serves the six sectors of:

  • Pig meat in England
  • Beef and lamb in England
  • Horticulture in Great Britain
  • Milk in Great Britain
  • Potatoes in Great Britain
  • Cereals and oilseeds in the United Kingdom

Person Specification

In line with the new skills-based main board, AHDB is seeking to recruit six new board members who are enthusiastic about the future and keen to help us shape AHDB so it is fit to deliver for industry.

We are specifically looking for individuals interested in, and capable of, driving strategy and having
oversight of the whole organisation. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a good
overview of the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture and horticulture, recognise the value of cross-sector working, as well as have sector-specific insight.

Three of the roles are to attract current levy payers from Beef & Lamb, Cereals & Oilseeds, Dairy and Potatoes, together with other essential skill sets. The remaining three roles are required to have a specific area of skill and experience but ideally in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data/IT/Digital transformation
  • The environment/Sustainability
  • Communication and engagement
  • Transformational change
  • Knowledge of international markets
  • Business management
  • Corporate finance

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

  • Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)
  • Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be emailed to publicappts@defra.gov.uk quoting reference APPT01-21 by the closing date of 12.00 (midday) on 30 April 2021.

If you have any questions about the appointments process, please contact Public Appointments Team at publicappts@defra.gov.uk

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared with a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes where possible. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, please contact publicappts@defra.gov.uk

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jackie Kay, HR Director, at: jackie.kay@ahdb.org.uk


  1. AHDB Member candidate pack
  2. Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Conduct)
  3. Monitoring form 2 (Diversity and political activity form)
  4. Public Appointments Guidance Notes (1)
  5. Public Appointments Privacy Notice

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Apr 172021
Tate – 3 Trustees

3 Trustees - Tate

Location: London
Date Posted: 08/04/2021
Closing Date: 09/05/2021

The Tate is looking to appoint an Artist Trustee, Public Affairs Trustee and International Business Trustee to the board.

Tate is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and an Exempt Charity. It is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with the Museums and Galleries Act 1992. Its aim is to increase the public’s understanding and enjoyment of British art and of international modern and contemporary art by:

  • Making the Collection available to the public
  • Adding to the Collection
  • Extending the public knowledge and understanding of British, modern and contemporary art
  • Caring for the Collection
  • Researching the Collection

Tate receives Grant-in-Aid funding from Parliament, provided through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It raises the majority of its revenue through self-generated income from:

  • Admission to temporary exhibitions;
  • Tate’s relationship with sponsors and corporate members, donors, patrons and members;
  • Tate Enterprises Limited which is Tate’s trading arm comprising catering, retail, publishing, product development, picture library and licensing; and
  • National and international partnerships.

In the last reporting year of 2019-20, total income was £155,000,000. Of this amount, £130,700,000 was applied to ongoing operations, £4,900,000 to the ongoing capital programmes, and £19,400,000 to Collection acquisitions. However, since that point, Tate has like all museums and galleries been heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently adapting to circumstances of reduced income and visitors.

Further information on the 2019-20 activities can be found in Tate’s annual accounts and the annual report covering this period.

Person Specification

Artist Trustee

Tate is looking for its next Artist Trustee. The role is to replace John Akomfrah who retired in June 2020. Tate has a policy on Trustee and Committee Member Conflict of Interest Management. Section 8 of this policy refers to how the Tate works with Artist Trustees.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Essential Criteria:
    • A practicing artist, maker or designer from across the cultural and creative industries including but not limited to art, architecture, performing arts, production, fashion, design or music, based in the United Kingdom;
    • A significant national or international standing supported by a successful track record and extensive experience of artistic processes;
    • An ability to contribute to the acquisitions process, based on knowledge and enthusiasm for Tate’s work in developing and sharing the Collection;
    • A willingness both to represent and act as an advocate for Tate in the public arena;
    • Strong communication skills and the ability to contribute to Board-level discussion and wider policy and strategy development;
    • A commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and improving education and understanding of British and World history.
  • Desirable Criteria:
    The ideal applicant will also fulfil one or both of the following criteria:

    • Strong networks and a presence in the British cultural world, preferably also with networks abroad, with a willingness to speak for the interests of the community of artists and makers whose work is presented to the public by Tate; and
    • Experience of art or design school teaching, public commissions, exchange or residencies.

International Business Trustee

Tate is looking for its next International Business Trustee. The role is to replace Dame Moya Greene DBE who retired in November 2020.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they possess the following skills and attributes:

  • A high level of credibility acquired through senior leadership roles in, ideally, multinational corporations or major international companies or institutions;
  • International connections at senior levels and excellent networking skills in the business sector;
  • Strong commitment to fundraising, ideally for not-for-profit organisations;
  • A willingness to represent and advocate for Tate in the public realm;
  • A strong interest in the field of visual culture;
  • The ability to contribute at Board level to future policy and strategy developments with freshness of approach and independence of thought;
  • A commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and improving education and understanding of British and World history.

Public Affairs Trustee

Tate is looking for its next Public Affairs Trustee. The role is to succeed Lionel Barber’s public affairs remit, who retired as Chair in January 2021. Roland Rudd, an existing Trustee, has succeeded Lionel in the Chair role.

Tate is looking for an individual with a prominent and respected reputation in the field of public affairs, gained through experience in broadcast, print or digital media, or through service in public institutions or the public sector. The ideal candidate should be keenly aware of current issues and topics in the public realm and will ideally have a broad international perspective. Applicants for the role should also have a strong interest in the visual arts and be willing to advocate on Tate’s behalf.

Candidates should therefore be able to demonstrate that they possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience in high-level leadership roles, credibility and networks in their sector gained through their expertise in:
    • Broadcast, print or digital media;
    • Public Affairs; or
    • Public Institutions and/or the Public Sector
  • An ability to advise Tate on issues related to current affairs and public opinion or public policy and relationships with government;
  • Experience in an organisation of comparable complexity to Tate;
  • Experience of operating on a national and international scale;
  • A strong interest in the field of visual culture;
  • A willingness both to represent and act as an advocate for Tate in the public realm;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to contribute to Board-level discussion and wider policy and strategy development;
  • A commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and improving education and understanding of British and World history.

Additional Information

Eligibility Criteria

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with a creditor
  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors;
  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the conviction not being spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53);
  • you become subject to a debt relief order or a bankruptcy restrictions order;
  • you fail to declare any conflict of interest.

Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence

If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of the Tate, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further please contact the Public Appointments Team.

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, 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 application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Advisory Assessment Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview. The information may also be shared with ministers and Cabinet Office.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following four documents:

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria (NB: make sure you refer to the contents of this document);
  • the Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity;
  • the Declaration of Interests Form.

Completed applications should be emailed to: publicappointments@dcms.gov.uk. Please put the name of the specific Trustee role you would like to apply for in the subject title.

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is Sunday 9th May at midday. Please note that applications received after this time will not be considered.

DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. More detail, including the regulations that appointing bodies are required to follow, is available at the OCPA website:


Diversity and Inclusion

DCMS values and cares passionately about the diversity of it’s public appointments. Boards of public bodies should reflect our diverse society in order to ensure the sector has a leadership that draws fully on the different skills and perspectives our country has to offer.

DCMS and Tate strongly encourage applications from all candidates and particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability, and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

We ask all applicants to complete a diversity monitoring form. We hope you will help us by providing this information. Your data is not disclosed to the panel, but allows us to constantly evaluate any potential barriers to becoming a public appointee and whether there are any changes we could make to encourage a more diverse field to apply.

Disability Confident

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria. If you want to apply under this scheme, simply state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application.

Reasonable adjustments

If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please also indicate this in the covering email or letter.

Further Information and Queries

For queries in relation to Tate, further information on the role or questions regarding the Public Appointments process, please contact Samuel Jones, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, on 0207 887 8888 or email trustee.appointments@tate.org.uk, or contact the Campaign Manager, Rhianna Bridgewater at rhianna.bridgewater@dcms.gov.uk

The following advice is designed to assist candidates with the application process:

  • Study carefully information that you have about the role of a Tate Trustee
  • Visit Tate’s website at www.tate.org.uk
  • Read the section of this briefing pack entitled ‘Person Specification’ before applying; you will need to clearly evidence how you meet the criteria for this role


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