Jan 152021
Worcestershire County Council – Independent Chair (Office Holder)

Independent Chair (Office Holder) - Worcestershire County Council

Recruiter: Worcestershire County Council
Location: Worcestershire
Salary: £550 per day
Posted: 12 Jan 2021
Closes: 12 Feb 2021
Job Function: Chair
Industry:  Public

Independent Chair (Office Holder) - Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB)

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) brings together key organisations and partners from across Worcestershire to safeguard and promote the well-being and independence of adults with Care and Support needs living in the County. The WSAB is seeking to recruit an Independent Chair to provide leadership and strategic vision, and to build on and enhance the current strong partnership arrangements, who will ensure that the WSAB operates effectively to deliver its key objectives and functions as set out in the Care Act (2014).

The role of Independent Chair is a statutory office holder post and requires an outstanding individual with enthusiasm, commitment and the determination to drive forward the adult safeguarding agenda.

The successful candidate will have:

  • experience of leading and managing in a large public, independent or voluntary sector organisation at a senior level;
  • proven experience of chairing complex partnership meetings;
  • extensive knowledge and experience of applying the legislation and guidance in relation to safeguarding adults.
  • confidence to provide independent, constructive challenge to WSAB partners and organisations in order to bring about improved outcomes for adults at risk of abuse or neglect;
  • commitment towards listening to and engaging adults with care and support needs and their carers in developing the work of the board;
  • the experience of developing and maintaining strong strategic and business relationships to ensure effective governance of and between partnerships;
  • an understanding and ability to consider issues of inequality and the impact on individuals and the safeguarding process.
  • an ability to ensure the views of adults and carers are incorporated in the Board's activities;
  • local contextual awareness of adult safeguarding issues and services across Worcestershire and its boarders.

The role is required for approximately 2 days per month at £550 per day, to meet the Board’s requirements. However, there would need to be a degree of flexibility. This is a two-year tenure, with the option to renew for up to a further 2 years subject to review.

Please note that the Independent Chair will perform Office Holder duties and IR35 rules apply to this appointment. Payments will be made through payroll and tax and NI deductions will be made at source via PAYE in line with current HMRC guidelines

If you would like to apply for the role, please send a CV and Covering Letter to Socialworkopps@worcestershire.gov.uk


Jan 152021
Tayside NHS Board – Members

Members - Tayside NHS Board

Reference: 3881
Remuneration: £17,684 per annum
Location: Tayside
Closing date: 08 February 2021 at midday

This is an exciting time of transformational change for NHS Tayside, and this is your chance to take on a rewarding and worthwhile opportunity and be part of the team who are designing and delivering changes which are improving performance and are developing the capability and capacity to return NHS Tayside to its place as one of the most innovative and best performing Health Boards in the UK.

Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the NHS in Scotland.  Please pass on details of these opportunities to anyone else you think may be interested.

NHS Tayside is responsible for meeting the health needs and improving the health and wellbeing of over 400,000 people living in Tayside, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross.

NHS Tayside is looking for three new members to join its Board.  As a non-executive member of this Board, you will have a key role in supporting the delivery of the organisation’s strategic direction in addition to contributing to scrutinising performance, and discharging governance and accountability functions.  All successful candidates will be required to sit on one of the local Integration Joint Boards (IJB).

NHS Scotland’s values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does. These values, as outlined in the Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision, are: care and compassion; dignity and respect; openness, honesty and responsibility; and, quality and teamwork, and they guide the work of the Board in all that it does.  As a member of the Board, you will not only need to have the right skills, knowledge and experience for the role, but also be able to demonstrate behaviour aligned to these values.

For one of these positions, NHS Tayside are looking for an individual who has relevant clinical or health work experience.

In addition to this requirement and the values highlighted above, you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge about, or connection to, health and/or social care services in the area served by the Board
  • Ability to influence decision making, work collaboratively and challenge constructively
  • Analysis and decision making
  • Longer term planning / Seeing the bigger picture

Although not essential for any of the roles, for two posts it would be helpful to the Board at this time if you had any of the following:

  • Relevant experience of the voluntary sector; public health; or mental health

You do not need to be an expert in health or have previous experience of being on a Board.  We are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.  You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution.

We value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Boards.  Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on The Board of Tayside NHS, such as: disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about Tayside NHS and its role within NHS Scotland.

  • Remuneration:   £17,684 per annum (non-pensionable) is payable.  You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively
  • Time commitment:  The time commitment will vary week to week, but on average the role will take up around 16 hours per week.  This time will be a mix of daytime Board meetings, committee meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events.  You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.
  • Appointment details:  The term of appointment will be for up to 4 years.  When a term comes to an end, the skills the board requires will be reassessed.  If you satisfy the requirements of the new person specification at that time, and there is evidence of your effective performance, Scottish Ministers may consider reappointing you for a further term.  A non-executive member’s total period of appointment in the same role will not exceed eight years.
  • Location:  Under normal circumstances, meetings of the Board will be held in Ninewells Hospital.  However, due to Coronavirus the majority of meetings are being held via Microsoft Teams.  It is expected that the majority of the work can be carried out at your home. (Going forward, the work will be a blend of virtual and physical meetings.)
  • Interviews:  We are planning for interviews to be held online on 2nd - 4th March 2021.  We will conduct the interviews remotely by MS Teams video link.  If Public Health guidance permits face to face interviews at that time, we may be able to consider these as an alternative if required by a candidate.
  • Further information:  If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Lorna Birse-Stewart, or Trudy McLeay, one of our senior Non-Executive Members, by calling on 01382 740708; or by emailing chairman.tayside@nhs.scot

For full information on the appointments, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Completed applications must be received on or before midday on Monday 8th February 2021.

Appointments to Tayside NHS Board are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online via the link below. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team by calling Freephone 0300 244 1898; or by emailing Public.appointments@gov.scot

Apply for this Vacancy

Additional Information

Jan 142021
Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc) – 4 Non-Executive Directors

4 Non-Executive Directors - Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc)

Recruiter: Ministry of Defence
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Not Specified
Posted: 06 Jan 2021
Closes: 03 Feb 2021
Job Function: Non Executive Director

Having previously been operated on behalf of Government by a third party, from the 1st July 2021, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc) will become an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), with the company wholly owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The change in model will remove the current commercial arrangements, enhancing the MOD’s agility in the future management of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, whilst also delivering on core MOD objectives and value for money to the taxpayer.

With these changes in mind, the MOD now wishes to identify four Non-Executive Directors to join the AWE plc Board from July 2021. The MOD seeks candidates with proven experience in one of;

  • Advanced manufacturing;
  • Large scale programme / complex infrastructure/ project management and assurance with capital intensive industries comparable to AWE plc;
  • Workforce strategy, culture change and incentivisation;
  • Finance and risk, with prior experience on an Audit Committee

These will complement two further independent NEDs with sector expertise who will be directly appointed.

The Board is responsible for the leadership of an organisation at the heart of the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, carrying out essential research and advanced manufacturing on the nuclear warhead. As an Independent NED on a fiduciary Board, you will:

  • Contribute to setting, monitoring and challenging the strategic direction of AWE plc, by assisting in developing key strategic objectives, overseeing their achievement and ensuring they remain appropriate;
  • Contribute to open and honest debate at Board meetings and provide constructive challenge to the executive decisions, adding diversity of thought and industry experience to the Board;
  • Promote the long-term success of AWE plc and ensure the accountability of AWE plc, scrutinising the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives, and monitoring the reporting of performance;
  • Uphold high standards of integrity and probity, supporting the Chair and executive directors by seeking to instil the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the boardroom and beyond;
  • Commit sufficient time and resource to fulfil all functional responsibilities and continually develop personal capabilities to do so.

The MOD is looking for candidates with the following profile:

  • UK national who is willing to undergo DV clearance (if successful);
  • A good understanding of large and complex organisations operating in a changing and highly regulated environment;
  • Focussed on results and a willingness to look for solutions combined with a focus on targeted performance measurement;
  • Pragmatic approach, including an ability to adapt quickly to fast moving situations;
  • Clear and effective influencing and communication skills, including an ability to operate effectively at Board level, challenging an executive effectively but constructively, and communicating with a wide range of audiences;
  • An open mind with the courage to think independently and strategically, and an ability to effectively analyse complex issues while driving tangible delivery/change;
  • Team working and collaboration skills, including an ability to work together with other executives and non-executives in a low ego environment to solve collective problems; and
  • Capacity to carry out this role effectively, with a commitment to AWE’s mission, and desire to add real value to the Board and the business.

Appointees may be asked to chair various sub committees including Audit & Risk, Remuneration and Projects & Programmes. One appointee will become the Senior Independent Director.

The closing date for applications is noon, 3rd February 2021.

MOD has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please visit: www.rraresponses.com

The MOD and AWE are committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and to providing equal opportunities for all and welcome applications from all.

Position Specification

Addtional Documents

Jan 142021
Northumbria Primary Care – Chair

Chair- Northumbria Primary Care

Main area: Non Executive Director
Grade: Executives / VSM: Executives / VSM
Contract: Fixed term: 3 years
Hours: Part time: 4 hours per week (2 days per month)
Job ref: 319-2869057TL
Site: North Tyneside Hospital
Town: North Shields
Salary: £15,518
Salary period: Yearly
Closing: 31/01/2021 23:59

Northumbria Primary Care Ltd (NPC) is a pioneering partnership with local GPs and now manages several GP practices with around 50,000 registered patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Whilst appointees will have a base practice within NPC, they may be asked to work at other practices across our group. We do however limit this as much as possible as we appreciate continuity is vital to effective primary care.

Please note that NPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The successful applicant will be an employee of the subsidiary and not be employed under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions, unless specifically stated.

We recognise the positive value of diversity and inclusion and are committed to a workforce that is diverse, equal and inclusive. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME people are currently under-represented in our workforce as well as other under-represented groups such as LGBT+ and disabled candidates. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we have a Gold award from the Defense Recognition Scheme, and we are delighted to support Apprenticeships, Age Posi+ive and are a mindful employer.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if they indicate they wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments to attend interview please make the recruitment team aware as soon as possible by calling our HR Recruitment Team on 0191 203 1415 option 2.

Make sure to read the ‘applicant guidance notes’ before submitting your application and make sure you know everything there is to know before applying to join our fantastic organisation.

Please note that it is a requirement of NPC that successful applicants may need to pay for their own DBS certificate if a DBS check is required for the post. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first monthly pay.

Job overview

Northumbria Primary Care (NPC) Ltd is an ambitious and growing business, and to help shape growth and lead future strategy, it now seeks to appoint a non-executive Chair of the Board. The Chair will provide leadership to the NPC Board of Directors and will be an important link between it and its parent organisation. They will provide balanced, independent, informed and objective challenge to Board colleagues whilst also being an ambassador for NPC on the local, regional and national stage.

You will need to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of public service, with the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management. You should also have a clear understanding of, and clear alignment to, the Trust’s values.

Main duties of the job

The Chair provides leadership to the NPC Board of Directors and provides an important link between NPC and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. You will need to have the experience, confidence and credibility to constructively challenge Executive Directors, senior clinicians and other senior managers. Background is open and may include private sector, public sector or third sector experience. Key will be your strong commercial acumen, experience of growing innovative businesses and your broad understanding of business issues including governance, strategic risk, performance management and finance. Accustomed to holding a high level of accountability you will have the gravitas and credibility to lead the Board whilst building effective and long lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Used to leading business growth you will exercise your independent judgement, whilst demonstrating your commitment to public service values and high level of integrity.

Working for our organisation

Established in 2015, Northumbria Primary Care Limited (NPC) leads and manages seven General Practice surgeries in Northumberland and North Tyneside. With an income of c£7m and employing c200 staff, the business has brought together General Practice teams into a single collaborative organisation which has the expertise, drive and enthusiasm to shape the future of primary care services in the region. A subsidiary of the top performing Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the mission of NPC Ltd is to revolutionise the relationship between primary, secondary and community care in order to deliver high quality, innovative and seamless care to its patient population.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Significant successful leadership experience in an organisation of similar size and complexity, whether in the private, public or voluntary sectors
  • Previous experience as a Non-Executive Director or equivalent
  • Extensive experience of holding senior individuals and teams to account
  • Accustomed to being held to a high level of accountability
  • Strong business acumen and a sound knowledge of good corporate governance, strategic planning, risk and performance management
  • Broad understanding of financial issues with a responsible but entrepreneurial approach
  • Commercially and politically astute in particular area of expertise
  • Extensive track record of organisational change and business growth
  • Experience of building effective and lasting working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders

Person specification


Desirable criteria

    • Qualified at masters level or above
    • Qualification at degree level as a minimum standard
    • Professionally qualified in a discipline such as law, finance or a medical nursing or allied health profession or similar.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Name: Frank Townsley Wells
Job title: CEO Executive Search
Email address: frank@ftwexeutivesearch.com

non-executive director

Jan 132021
Judicial Appointments Commission – Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Fee-paid Valuer Members

Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Fee-paid Valuer Members - Judicial Appointments Commission

Number of vacancies: 25
Location: London, Southern, Midlands, Eastern and Northern regions
Contact: valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk
Closed for applications: 3 February 2021

Overview of the role

Fee: Chairs - £521.80 per day (£539.98 London), Members - £325.86 per day.

The JAC has been asked to recommend 12 candidates for the post of Chair and 13 candidates for the post of Member. Candidates can apply for one or both roles; however, candidates will only be appointed to one post. If you are successful in your application for the Chair post you may also be required to sit as a Member.

Chairs and Members sit on a panel, alongside the Legal or Professional Member, adjudicating on applications, appeals and references about disputes over property and land.

Full details can be found in the Chair and Member Job Descriptions.

Location and jurisdiction

  • Chairs:
    • Eastern (Norfolk/Suffolk, Thames Corridor)
    • London
    • Midlands (Birmingham)
    • Northern (Newcastle, Liverpool)
    • Southern (Kent, Sussex, Dorset, Hampshire)
  • Members:
    • Eastern (Thames Corridor)
    • London
    • Midlands (Birmingham, Notts/Derby, Stoke)
    • Northern (Manchester)
    • Southern (Kent, Hampshire)

In your online application you will be asked to indicate, in order of preference, the location(s) in which you are willing to work. Whilst we will do our best to recommend successful candidates in line with their preferences, it may not always be possible to do so and you may, therefore, be recommended to any location for which you have indicated a willingness to work. You should, therefore, think carefully about your options and only select locations which are feasible.

Case studies

Reading about candidates previously selected for this role is a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed. Ian Holdsworth and Sarah Hopkin are two of the Tribunal's current members. Click here to read more about their experience working on the Tribunal.


To be considered for appointment you must meet the eligibility requirements for this post.


A person is eligible for appointment if he/she is a Member or Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Additional information for Chairs and Members

Candidates are expected to have experience of the valuation of residential property and knowledge and experience, or the ability to obtain that knowledge and experience, in the jurisdictions of the Residential Property division of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Additional information for Chairs only

Experience of some court/tribunal or similar work, such as sitting as a tribunal member, arbitrator, magistrate, as an expert witness or in some other capacity, would be desirable, but not essential.

Reasonable length of service

There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed as a a Fee-paid Valuer Chair or Fee-paid Valuer Member of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) should allow for a reasonable length of service. For this position it is usually 4 years before retirement.

In applying for this exercise you should consider whether you can provide 4 full years’ service before retirement. The Commission will decide whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service. In doing this they will take into account the number of vacancies, application numbers and the business need for the role.

Candidates who already hold judicial appointment and were first appointed before March 1995, may have a preserved retirement age of 72 or 75. This includes candidates first appointed to a judicial office listed in Schedule 7 to the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993. Such candidates should inform us about their retirement age.


At the time of application, candidates must be either a:

    • UK citizen
    • citizen of another Commonwealth country
    • citizen of the Republic of Ireland

Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.

Selection process

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update:

The ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic mean we have suspended all face-to-face selection activity. We are continuing with selection activity that can be completed remotely, in order to meet the needs of the courts and tribunals. This includes launching selection exercises, receiving applications, shortlisting and video interviews.

Alternative, remote, arrangements to replace face-to-face selection days are being used and candidates will be contacted directly by us to explain the process for their particular exercise. In the interests of candidate, panel member and staff wellbeing we expect that selection days will be held remotely until at least June 2021. The introduction of remote interviewing, necessitated by the COVID-19 situation, has been successfully implemented to date. A continuation of this approach will also allow us to fully evaluate the use of remote interviewing for the future across a range of jurisdictions.


Please read the competency framework for the role and the relevant job description before making your application. There are five competencies in total that list the behaviours of a Fee-paid Valuer Chairs and Fee-paid Valuer Members of the First-tier Tribunal, Residential Property Tribunal who are performing the roles effectively.

Your online application plays an important part in the selection process. You must complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.

Candidates are required to complete an online application providing their personal details, career history, a character declaration and confirmation of how they meet the eligibility criteria for this post. There will be no requirement to complete a self-assessment or submit a curriculum vitae.

Independent assessments

Please read the guidance about independent assessments before completing your application. Independent assessments will contribute to your overall assessment. They should provide evidence that you have the abilities relevant to the role as outlined in the relevant competency framework. In your application you must provide details of 2 professional independent assessors who know you and your work well and can provide recent examples of your performance. One of your assessors should ideally be from your current employment.


The number of applications we receive will determine the means by which shortlisting decisions are taken. If the number of applications far exceeds the number of vacancies, an online qualifying test will be used to determine which candidates are invited to a selection day. This will take place on 23 February 2021 between 07:00 to 21:00. If fewer applications are received and an online qualifying test is not deemed necessary, shortlisting will be against the eligibility criteria only.

All applicants will receive an email advising whether the qualifying test will be taking place by 10 February 2021. If you have not received this email by close of business on 10 February 2021 please contact us at valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk .

The qualifying test will consist of multiple-choice Situational Judgement questions and will take no more than 45 minutes.

If you are unable to sit the test on the date specified above due to exceptional circumstances, please email valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk as soon as you apply.

All candidates should make the necessary arrangements to sit the test in a suitable and quiet environment ensuring consistent and reliable access to a stable internet connection.

Information about qualifying tests

Selection day

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection day which will take place remotely between 7 and 18 June 2021. We will not be able to offer an alternative selection day outside this period.

If you are applying for the Chair and Member roles and are shortlisted for both posts, you will only need to take part in one selection day.

The selection day for this exercise will comprise situational questioning and a competency-based panel interview. Situational questioning involves asking you what you would do in a specific situation, based on challenging, real-life scenarios. Further details of the situational questioning will be sent along with the selection day invitation letter.

Competency-based interviews require you to provide detailed examples of situations in which you have been involved (explaining what the situation was, what you did and what the outcome was) to demonstrate you possess the abilities relevant to the role. There are 5 competencies in total listed in the competency framework.

The overall assessment by the panel will be provided to the JAC’s Selection and Character Committee who makes the selection decision for this role.

Information about selection day, including interviews and role plays

Reasonable adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments to ensure candidates with a disability are not placed at a disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those candidates with a short-term injury or temporary illness. You may request a reasonable adjustment in your application.

Information on the reasonable adjustments policy

Character checks

We are required to carry out character checks on all candidates we intend to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.

All candidates invited to selection day will be required to complete an electronic consent form.

You should be aware that we expect all character matters to be declared. Any matter that has not been disclosed by you and is brought to our attention through our independent checks will be treated as your non-declaration of a relevant matter. You will have no opportunity to make further representations on any declared issue once the matter is before the Commission.

We consider that it is your responsibility to ensure that any record concerning your character is accurate. Details of the bodies with whom we will make independent character enquiries are set out in paragraph 17 of the Good Character Guidance and you may wish to contact your professional body to ensure all matters recorded are known to you.

On 4 August 2016 the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016 came into effect. It allows for the full disclosure to the JAC of all spent cautions and convictions to assess good character. You must declare and disclose all past convictions and cautions, regardless of whether they are spent or unspent.

You must continue to update the character section of your JAC profile. You have a continuing responsibility to disclose any matter that may arise at any time before you are notified of the outcome of your application.

Failure to disclose any relevant matter is likely to have an adverse effect on your application.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to disclose any potential conflicts of interest, including but not limited to professional memberships, to Judicial Office (JO). Current judicial office holders should refer to the Guide to Judicial Conduct, discussing any potential conflicts with the relevant leadership judge or senior judicial officer. JO must be informed of any conflicts identified, as this will update information held by us throughout the course of your application. If you have any concerns or queries, please consult JO prior to application.

Equal merit provision

In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. Guidance on the approach taken by us to equal merit can found here.

If the Commission considers two or more candidates to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a candidate for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity. The Commission will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity part of their online application.

The relevant data used to identify under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed Characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the courts and tribunal judiciary (as of 17 September 2020).

If the Commission has applied the equal merit provision, it may be presented with a situation whereby it is unable to choose between two or more candidates on the basis of their relevant protected characteristics. For example, two candidates assessed as being of equal merit may both be white men. If this situation arises, the equal merit provision cannot be used to make a selection. Therefore, the Commission will invite those candidates to either a second interview or to take an online test, to enable it to make a selection decision. This would take place in October 2021.

Selection decisions

The Commission will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointments Regulations 2013.

In order to consider a recommendation, the Appropriate Authority may request any information that was available to the JAC in making its recommendation. You should be aware that any information you provide in your application or during the selection process could be passed onto the Appropriate Authority.

For this exercise the Appropriate Authority will be the Senior President of Tribunals who can accept or reject a recommendation or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.

Outcome of the exercise

We will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by October 2021.


Online qualifying test

Should you be unsuccessful at the online qualifying test stage you will be provided with your overall score in the test, expressed as a percentage. Individual feedback is not provided to candidates; however we will publish an evaluation and feedback report on our website. This will include an evaluation of the test and the how the materials were developed and will analyse how candidates performed overall. It will also include information on the method of marking, including guidance and information on the distribution of marks available to applicants.

Selection day

Following selection day, unsuccessful candidates who are identified as narrowly missing out on recommendation will be notified in their outcome letter and offered individual feedback if requested. Candidates who fall outside of this will be notified of the outcome of selection days and will be encouraged to refer to the post selection day evaluation and feedback report. This will be published on our website after selection days.

Candidates identified as narrowly missing out on recommendation should make a request for feedback within six weeks of the date of their outcome letter.


All Fee-paid Chairs and Fee-paid Valuers will be required to attend a two-day mandatory jurisdiction induction training expected to be held in January/February 2022. All new Valuer Chairs will be required to attend a 2-day, residential Judicial College Faculty Induction seminar within 12 months of starting to sit. Following appointment training will also be available from the Judicial College prospectus including leadership and management training. Additionally, the Residential Property division of the Chamber holds regular training events which will be available as required.


If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact a member of the selection exercise team.

  • Email: valuers048@judicialappointments.gov.uk
  • Alan Parashkevov, Selection Exercise Manager: 07866 146110
  • Lauren Yu, Selection Exercise Officer: 07583 675145
  • Suzanne Aylward, Senior Selection Exercise Manager: 07870 819764

Jan 132021
Food Standards Agency – Chair

Chair - Food Standards Agency

Recruiter: Department of Health & Social Care
Location: Nationwide
Salary: £70,000 for 2.5 to 3 days a week
Posted: 06 Jan 2021
Closes: 25 Jan 2021
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

Ministers are seeking to appoint a Chair to the board of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The Chair is appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Wales and Northern Ireland Ministers acting jointly.

The FSA has a statutory remit to protect the health of the public and the interests of consumers in relation to food.

The Chair will be expected to provide leadership and challenge to the organisation working with the Board and Chief Executive to set the strategic direction for the FSA, ensuring the department continues to be highly effective in protecting public health, the consumer’s wider interests in relation to food, and delivering its mission of “food we can trust”, whilst recognising the need to regulate in a proportionate way, balancing risk and freedom to make choices.

It is essential that applicants can demonstrate:

  • strong strategic leadership skills and a career record of achievement at the highest levels, with the ability to lead a significant national organisation through a period of high-profile scrutiny;
  • commitment to inclusive practice and promoting equality of opportunity;
  • excellent communication skills, and that they are comfortable operating in the open, including with the media;
  • that they are politically astute and adept at building productive and supportive relationships with multiple stakeholders in governments, industry, science and consumer fields; and
  • a clear commitment to the FSA’s role in protecting public health, the consumer’s wider interests in relation to food, and delivering its mission of “food we can trust”.

Remuneration for the role will be £70,000 for a time commitment of 2.5 to 3 days per week. Ministers determine the length of appointment, which will be for up to a maximum of 3 years.

For more information, please visit the Public Appointments website:

http://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/chair-of-the-food-standards-agency-vac-1692 If you require an alternative format please call Daniel Clemence on 0113 254 5335 quoting reference VAC-1692.

The closing date for applications is midday 25 January 2021. The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community

Jan 132021
Office of Rail and Road Consumer Expert Panel – Member

Member - Office of Rail and Road Consumer Expert Panel

Body: Office of Rail and Road
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Regulation, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: TBC
Remuneration: £1000 per panel meeting
Time Requirements: 4 half-day meetings per year
This is not a ministerial appointment.
Closed for Applications: 24/01/2021

Vacancy Description

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is a non-ministerial government department, with its duties and responsibilities as the combined safety and economic regulator of Britain’s railways and monitor of Highways England set down in statute.

ORR is seeking to appoint members to its Consumer Expert Panel with effect from February 2021. This is a time of great challenge and change in the rail industry in particular, and the Consumer Expert Panel has a role to play in this.

In particular, the Consumer Expert Panel will:

  • bring a wide range of experience and expertise to help ORR to understand the issues affecting consumers in other regulated sectors and the wider economy and how that might be applied to rail and road;
  • help ORR to ensure its policies and decisions benefit from a sound understanding of the transport sector and are effective in delivering positive change;
  • provide advice, helping ORR to deliver better outcomes for rail and road users by providing wider context on the assessment of performance and efficiency and advising on users’ and service
  • providers’ interests or issues; and
  • complement ORR’s existing relationships with organisations representing railway infrastructure and road users.

Person Specification

We are looking for successful candidates from across the UK nations able to represent consumers and demonstrate one or more of the experiences and skills listed below.

  • An understanding of consumer behaviour and economics and how these can be applied within a policy framework and in the development of remedies.
  • Experience of public sector involvement in statutory arrangements for example in health or education.
  • Experience in developing regulatory policy from a consumer perspective and consumer advocacy and an understanding of how consumers can be represented in price reviews.
  • Experience of working with rail users and/or other transport users.
  • Expertise in cognitive and physical disability and experience of how such considerations can be tested and factored into the development of policy.
  • Knowledge and experience of bringing regional considerations into a policy context.
  • Experience in consumer derived research and surveys, and/or behavioural science.
  • Experience either as an academic or research professional in the transport sector

Candidates should also be able to discuss issues, and challenge in a constructive manner, providing an objective and independent point of view.

Additional Information

Members of the Consumer Expert Panel are non-ministerial appointments made by ORR. Recruitment will follow the principles of public appointments as set out in the Governance Code on Public Appointments. Panel members are appointed in an individual capacity.

The appointments will be made following interviews.

We are looking for the successful candidates to be in post from mid to late February 2021 and we expect the appointment to be for two years. One reappointment may be made.

Members of the panel will be remunerated on a ‘fees for service’ basis at a daily rate of £1,000 pro rata for panel meetings. This includes preparation and reading time. Panel discussions will usually be no more than a half-day with a maximum of 4 meetings per year.

If you would like further information about the role, please contact Greg Byron on greg.byron@orr.gov.uk

Equality and diversity

At ORR, we value and embrace diversity and inclusion. We are committed to promoting diversity and equality[1] of opportunity in our recruitment processes and all aspects of our work. We are always looking to attract the very best people and welcome and encourage applications from candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

As part of the Civil Service commitment to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce that better reflects the society we serve, we operate an anonymised approach to recruitment. This means we remove personal details from applications and CVs before they reach hiring managers that shortlist for the interview stage.

[1] https://www.orr.gov.uk/about/diversity-and-inclusion

How to Apply

If you are interested in the role then please email hr.recruitment@orr.gov.uk with the following:

  • a personal statement, indicating how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role (outlined above); and
  • an up to date copy of your CV.


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

Jan 122021
Department for Education (DfE) – Audit and Risk Committee – Independent Member

Independent Member - Department for Education (DfE) - Audit and Risk Committee

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Independent members of the Committee will receive a ‘per meeting’ payment of £500 which should cover all costs in relation to attendance of meetings. No other expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: For the responsibilities above, the normal expectation of commitment for a DfE ARC member will be up to 9 days per year. DfE ARC meetings will take place up to six times per year and independent ARC members are invited to attend an ARC workshop is held on the same day. Together these meeting last approximate 6.5 hours, including time for lunch. Where possible Members are expected to attend each meeting in person. Travel will be required to London to attend committee meetings. Travel to other DfE sites may be required on occasion.
Closed for Applications: 15/01/2021

Vacancy Description

The DfE wishes to recruit an individual to its Audit and Risk Committee 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, to support and challenge the executive in its planning and risk management.

We continue to look to improve the diversity of the Committee and would warmly invite applicants from any background to apply, including people who are in the early or mid-part of their careers, disabled, female and minority ethnic applicants.

Members will be expected to participate fully in the DfE Audit and Risk Committee’s business, by:

  • promoting sound corporate governance within the DfE
  • considering the internal audit strategy and plans and reviewing the Head of Internal Audit’s interim and annual reports and assurance on corporate governance, risk management and internal control
  • considering plans, reports, management letters and any other matters, from the National Audit Office (NAO)
  • considering reports on business areas from senior DfE officials to provide the Committee with assurance on the management of major risks to the DfE
  • reviewing both the DfE Group Accounts and the Sector Academy Accounts and advising the Accounting Officer on the appropriateness of the draft governance statements, prior to submission to the NAO.

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

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

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

  • experience in financial regulation or operating at a senior level in a business or other organisation (at scale) that is subject to financial and economic regulation.
  • knowledge of governance, risk and control, as well as financial experience to support understanding of good financial management disciplines.
  • experience related to organisational effectiveness and design (covering process design and management, programme & project delivery, systems implementation, customer service, results focus & management information).
  • high-level management and/or board experience in the public, voluntary or private sectors.
  • the ability to think strategically and to contribute to strategic development in different contexts.
  • the ability to build effective relationships at high levels and/or between organisations.

Candidates will have senior level business or operational experience. They will have a track record of success, and a proven ability to influence strategic debates and decisions on a breadth of corporate issues.

Candidates will have the ability to consider issues strategically and with high standards of objectivity and integrity. They will have:

  • an ability to maintain a sense of perspective and to pick out critical issues, and to question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide independently.
  • effective communication and relationship building skills, including the ability to negotiate, influence, challenge and listen sensitively to the views of others.
  • a commitment to the seven principles of public life, 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 members will have a commitment to promoting education and skills for young people and adults.

These may not apply for applicants early or mid in their career, where we will be looking for evidence of potential to perform at this senior level.

Desirable criteria

Experience as an audit committee member is desirable.

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • financial and accounting
  • commercial/contracting

Additional Information

Length of Term

Independent members of DFE ARC are appointed for a period of three years, with the option to re-appoint for a further three years. Membership may be reviewed at any time.

How to Apply

Suitably qualified candidates are asked to submit

  • a completed 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. The personal details form is available at Annex 2
  • 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.


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

Jan 122021
Intellectual Property Office – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Intellectual Property Office

Body: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, International, Regulation
Location: Newport; virtual for the foreseeable future
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £8,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 18 days
Closed for Applications: 07/02/2021

The organisation:

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK Government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright. They operate and maintain a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. IPO helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention, and responsible for policy, educating businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities, supporting IP enforcement, granting UK patents, trademarks and design rights.

The IPO is at an exciting point in its history building a stronger role both domestically and internationally and has ambitious plans to deliver its strategy through delivering excellent Intellectual Property services, creating a leading Intellectual Property environment and making the IPO a brilliant place to work. It has embarked on a significant transformation programme to ensure it focuses delivering for its customers, both current and future ones, and plays it full role as a key part of the innovation ecosystem to enable the UK to become the most innovative and creative country in the world.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they have shown from previous roles elsewhere in the public or private sector the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria relevant to this role.

Essential criteria

  • An understanding of the scope of intellectual property, the value of IP to inventors, entrepreneurs and SMEs and its contribution to innovation and growth;
  • An ability to challenge performance, and to encourage innovation and a culture of change in either a public, charity or private sector organisation; and
  • Experience of governance at a strategic level, gained by working in either executive or non-executive capacity, including audit, risk and financial management

Desirable criteria

  • An appreciation of the values and role of the public sector;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders; and
  • The ability to develop well defined strategies and pursue long-term goals as part of a team, including being able to challenge and support colleagues in order to reach consensus.

Additional Information

Terms of Appointment

Successful candidates will be appointed for a 3-year term, with the possibility of extension for a further 3 years.

BEIS will provide an induction for the successful candidate, and candidates who would like to discuss the post in further detail are encouraged to contact Joshua Sweet at publicappointments@beis.gov.uk.

How to Apply

For us to progress your application, you must submit both of the following documents before 11pm on 7 February 2021. You must submit:

  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • a supporting statement

by email, with the subject ‘IPO, NED’ to publicappointments@beis.gov.uk.

If you do not submit both a curriculum vitae and a supporting statement by 11pm. on 7 February 2021, your application will not be progressed any further. Late applications will not be accepted.

We also ask that you complete a diversity monitoring form, which can be found here,

Your curriculum vitae and supporting statement must each be no longer than two pages in length. If you submit documents which are longer than two pages, any information not contained within the first two pages of each document will be disregarded and will not be seen by the assessment panel.

If you experience problems accessing or completing the diversity monitoring form or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Joshua Sweet at publicappointments@beis.gov.uk.


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

Jan 112021
Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee – 5 Members

5 Members - Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee

Body: Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 5 x Members
Remuneration: Members are entitled to claim fees based on a taxable daily rate (£168) for HSAC business.
Time Requirements: Up to 14 days a year including two principle meetings and a workshop a year as well as intersessional meetings and work to deliver on commissions.
Closed for Applications: 03/02/2021 at 12:00

Vacancy Description

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) invites applications for the position of member of the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC), a non-statutory, independent scientific advisory body.

We are seeking five new members who have the right qualities to work collaboratively alongside the HSAC Chair and fellow HSAC members in an interdisciplinary team. We are seeking individuals with the strong expertise required to fill the following five roles:

  • Nanomaterials and 3d and 4d advanced materials.
  • Application of alternative methods, including new approach methodologies, in environmental risk assessment.
  • Hazardous waste management and the chemical-product-waste interface.
  • Environmental economics.
  • Green and sustainable chemistry

Members of the committee have collective responsibility for the operation of the HSAC. They are expected to attend meetings, preparing for them by reading the meeting packs beforehand and formulating a view on each item for discussion at the meetings. When there are very large or technically complex documents to review and summarise, the Chair may appoint one or more rapporteurs, drawn from the members, for this purpose.

Occasionally, subgroups of HSAC members may be established to discuss specific issues and report back. Members are expected to contribute to commissions provided to them through the Defra based Secretariat or those raised from within the committee, where members are encouraged to horizon scan and develop their own ideas for work streams where they see a role for scientific advisory.

Outputs from these commissions can include:

  1. verbal discussion and advice (often reactive),
  2. formal published responses, such as an opinions, statements or document reviews,
  3. external engagements with other organisations including funding bodies and government agencies.

The HSAC has its own website where information about the Committee’s activities, reports and meeting papers are regularly published.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  1. An internationally recognised expert in the specific area of expertise associated with the role and a strong understanding of the challenges posed by hazardous substances, articles and wastes to the environment and human health
  2. The ability to analyse issues in an impartial way and work across a range of topics drawing on – but not limited by – their expertise, including horizon scanning for emerging issues to raise with policy teams.
  3. The ability to provide high quality scientific advice on the application of evidence in policy, communicating complex issues in a straightforward, truthful and candid way to policymakers and ministers. This includes completing work commissioned by Defra at pace in the form of reports, papers, feedback or advice.
  4. An ability to work well in an inter-disciplinary team, with effective communication, negotiating, judgement and influencing skills, including in a virtual space using collaborative, online technology as well as working face to face.

Desirable criteria

  1. A strong knowledge of chemicals management regimes and risk assessment.

Additional Information

The Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC) plays a vital role in assisting Defra in identifying, analysing, assuring and challenging the evidence that we use in policymaking. This is an exciting time for chemical policy following the UK’s exit from the European Union as Defra is developing its own Chemicals Strategy, a key action of the 25 Year Environment Plan, which will set out the Government’s vision for a Chemicals Framework.

The HSAC advises Defra on a broad range of topics, what constitutes ‘good’ evidence, contentious chemicals, prioritising the key chemical issues for the UK, defining evidence gaps and scoping exploratory work on emerging challenges. Previous work by the committee has covered topics including microplastics, nanomaterials, endocrine disruptors, characterising pharmaceuticals of concern, chemical mixtures, and defining key research questions and gaps in ecotoxicology.

The committee will continue working on chemicals in the environment but will also consider new innovations in chemistry (including green chemistry and advanced materials), risk assessment tools (e.g. new approach methodologies), interactions between chemicals and climate change, the issues posed by chemicals in waste to the circular economy and the management of hazardous wastes. It will also benefit from the ability of members to flag connections between its work and Defra’s work with work areas and programmes in other countries in academic or government institutions.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following:

  • Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest 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 returned to the following address by the closing date:12.00 (midday) on 3rd February 2021. Email to chemicals@defra.gov.uk quoting reference HSAC2021 and stating which of the five roles you are applying for.

For further information please email: chemicals@defra.gov.uk


  1. HSAC Member Candidate Pack
  2. Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and CoI Questionnaire)
  3. Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)

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

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