Aug 072020

Non- Executive Director - Ethical Property

£5,556 per year
Part-time, Temporary
Closing Date: 12.00am on Wednesday, 16th September 2020

Looking for a new challenge? Join us!

The Ethical Property Company is a great place to work, placing equal value on the social, environmental and financial outputs it generates and supporting an inspiring range of charities, social enterprises and small local organisations in the process.

As an ethical employer we aim to create a positive working environment, pay salaries which are fair and appropriate, and promote equality of opportunity.

Staff here are passionate, ambitious and are encouraged to be independent and entrepreneurial in their approach while working towards agreed collective goals. Achieving a healthy work life balance is seen as a positive achievement and benefits such as the 'cycle to work' scheme and sabbaticals after 5 years of service are all the result of the direct feedback from staff over the years.

When surveyed, 94% of our staff said they enjoyed working for the Company and that they shared our values in whole or in part. In addition, in January 2013 we were accredited as a Living Wage employer and we continue to maintain our exceptionally low pay ratio between the highest and lowest paid member of staff – 4.9:1.

Ethical Property is looking for inspiring and engaging people to join the board of one of the pioneers of social enterprise.

You need to be an innovative and creative individual with a proven strategic profile in the commercial or voluntary sectors who can help us set the direction of the company. We are especially interested in hearing from those with a background in social impact investment raising, commercial non-residential property management or accounting although we are keen to hear from anyone who feels they have the passion and determination to help drive the company forward.

We have become the largest provider of workspace for changemakers in the UK, with 21 Centres across England, Scotland and Wales last year alone we supported over 1000 impactful organisations. Formed in 1998, we are still true to the values we had at the start and we’re backed by 1,350 plus shareholders, many of whom are progressive impact investors.

The Board plays a vital role in the work we do, providing governance and guidance to the senior management team. We’re looking for directors who can complement the existing Board and bring a new excitement and energy to how a large property portfolio can achieve maximum social impact.

Time commitment:  6 Board meetings throughout the year, which are held at our centres across the UK as well as a further six days on sub-committees and our Annual General Meeting.

To discuss this opportunity in more detail and to request an information pack please email Juliana Otalora, our HR Manager


The closing date for applications: Wednesday 16th September

Interviews: Will be held online

The existing directors are able to appoint new directors until the next AGM, when they must be voted in by the shareholders for a three-year term.

Aug 072020

Chair of the Board - National Lottery Community Fund

Body: National Lottery Community Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings usually take place in London and on occasion in other locations in the UK. Some travel is required to attend meetings and events across the UK.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair’s remuneration will be £40,000 per annum. The role is not pensionable. Expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay. We also hold a Board and Committee day once a year. In addition, the Chair currently chairs the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. The time commitment can be up to two days a week.

Closed for Applications


Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to be Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund. Applications are welcomed from underrepresented groups to ensure the National Lottery Community Fund reflects the diverse society it serves.

The Fund is currently supporting communities across the UK to adjust to and recover from the coronavirus crisis. It is also a time when the Fund has gone through a period of investment and development, making it well placed to deliver our ambitious plans to achieve the Fund’s purpose: supporting people and communities thrive. The Fund has many of the building blocks in place to add even greater value to civil society and public life. Our contribution is as varied as it is vital.

The National Lottery Community Fund’s core purpose is to support people and communities thrive. This is delivered through its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead.

The Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Every year we distribute £600m of funding raised by players of The National Lottery.

Through our funding and catalytic role we develop deeper and broader relationships at both local and national level; sharing insights and telling the story of our impact, and we continue to champion and support the extraordinary work of communities throughout the UK.

The organisation

The National Lottery Community Fund is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead and for the Fund’s governance.

Funding decisions are delegated to five portfolio committees (UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and to Executive Officers, with the Board retaining strategic oversight for delivery of the Fund’s strategic framework: People in the Lead, and governance responsibility.

Policy responsibility for The National Lottery Community Fund, including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and devolved administrations in the nations.

Further information about the Fund’s programmes and its Strategic Framework People in the Lead can be found on our website.

The Role

  • Provide leadership to the Board and wider non-executive group across the UK, ensuring that its funding has the greatest possible impact
  • Ensure that Board members fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Shape and sustain a group of diverse and high-quality Board members whose skills and experience are appropriately deployed
  • Is involved in the appointment of Board members and review their performance
  • Lead the appointment and appraisal of the Chief Executive and provide support, advice, and challenge to her/him
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account for the overall performance of the Fund
  • Drive effective relationships with senior stakeholders from for example Government, Parliament, devolved administrations, civil society, and the media and opinion formers
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund

Person Specification


  • An appropriate understanding of the charity and community sectors
  • A strong track record of strategic leadership in civil society, public service, or business
  • Board level experience and a strong understanding of corporate governance
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Previous experience of grant funding
  • Familiarity with operating at the scale of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Experience of building and leading diverse and inclusive organisations
  • A commitment to the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability with regards to NDPBs

Additional Information

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for up to 4 years.  Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Start Date

It is expected that the new Chair will take up the appointment in Autumn 2020.

Type of Appointment

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has formal responsibility for the appointment of the members of the Board.

In line with the ‘The Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’ the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be kept informed of the progress of the public appointments process and will be responsible for the public appointment as the appointing authority.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following four documents:

  • a CV of not more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than three sides of A4, providing examples and setting out how you meet the criteria;
  • the Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity, and the Declaration of Interests Form.

Completed applications should be emailed to Please put ‘National Lottery Community Fund – Chair’ as the subject line of your email.

If you have any questions regarding your application please contact the Campaign Manager, James Emberley, via email at Each application will be assessed against the requirements set out above by the advisory assessment panel.

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.

About DCMS

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives, and promote Britain abroad.

We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. We help to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success. DCMS is a ministerial department, supported by 45 agencies and public bodies.

If you are not completely satisfied

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact

Regulated by OCPA

This process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA‘s) Code of Practice. All applicants are expected to have adhered to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

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 National Lottery Community Fund, 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 the Cabinet Office.

National Lottery Community Fund - Chair - Annex A and B
Declaration-of-Conflicts-of-Interest-Form (2)
Public-Appointments-Privacy-Notice-2020 (2)
NLCF - Chair Role Specification
OCPA Regulated

This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Aug 062020

Chair - The Pensions Regulator – Determinations Panel

Recruiter: Hays Executive
Location: Brighton (although it is expected that an increasing number of meetings will continue to be held virtually)
Salary: £900 per day (based on an estimated 40-60 days a year)
Posted: 05 Aug 2020
Closes: 24 Aug 2020
Ref: 3833551
Position/Level: CEO
Responsibilities: Legal
Sector: Government
Contract Type: Permanent
Language: English

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is the UK regulator of work-based pension schemes. It is empowered by the UK government to regulate and look after the interests of defined benefit (DB) occupational and defined contribution (DC) work-based pension schemes, along with the employer compliance regime for auto-enrolment.

Together with its partners, it is driving up standards of trusteeship and improving savers’ understanding of their situations to create better outcomes in their later life.

The Determinations Panel’s decision making is independent of TPR, operating at arm’s length and reporting to TPR’s Chair. The Panel plays a key role in TPR’s exercise of its statutory functions. It is responsible for making decisions relating to cases where TPR seeks to use certain powers. The Panel has the power to make determinations in relation to a range of activities including scheme funding, imposing fines, appointing, suspending and prohibiting trustees. It has a separately appointed membership and legal support, enabling it to make independent and impartial decisions. It considers all the evidence before it and provides each party with reasonable opportunity to present their case.

This is a compelling time to join the Determinations Panel. Changes to TPR’s scheme funding, information-gathering and anti-avoidance powers has enabled it to be clearer about what it expects from employers in relation to scheme funding, and tougher where a scheme is not getting the funding it needs. Additionally, after successfully authorising existing master trusts in 2018/2019, the Panel will continue to be engaged in a range of new activities such as deciding requests for withdrawal of authorisation and scheme funder exemption requests. These changes to the regulatory setting, combined with a different macro-economic environment, promise an exciting future caseload for the Panel.

The Role

The Chair is responsible for leading the Panel in its approach to its role, as well as providing sound advice and guidance to individual members and its administration support team. The Chair will also take a lead in maintaining good relationships with the leaders of TPR, which includes TPR Chair, CEO and Executive Directors in Frontline Regulation.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Working with other Panel members to reach fair and reasoned decisions, on all matters referred by regulatory case teams to the Panel for decision on the use of powers.
  • Analysing significant and complex data/reports.
  • Sound, consistent and robust decision making across all Panel activities
  • Maintaining an independent, objective perspective.
  • Both provide and receive feedback on the working arrangements within the Pensions Regulator, as they affect the Determinations Panel’s activities.

The Candidate

This is a high profile and demanding post with serious impact. We require an individual with substantial analytical skills as well as demonstrable experience in a senior regulatory, quasi-judicial or judicial decision-making environment. You will also need sound inter-personal skills, capable of being a true mentor to the Panel members (all of whom are very experienced in their own fields) as well as maintaining effective relationships with the leaders of TPR while maintaining the independence of the Panel.

For more information or to apply please visit, alternatively contact Andrew Timlin or Simon Winspear at Hays Executive on 020 7259 8743.

Closing Date: 24th August 2020

Aug 052020

3 Senior Board posts - Environmental Standards Scotland

Reference: 2781
Remuneration: £300 per day for Chair, £200 per day for Members
Location: Central Belt - some meetings will be held virtually
Closing date: 07 September 2020 at midnight

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint the first Chair and Members to the Board of Environmental Standards Scotland.

Environmental Standards Scotland

Environmental Standards Scotland will be a new, independent public body established to help uphold Scotland’s high environmental standards.

It is being created in direct response to EU Exit.  At the end of the transition period, the European Commission will no longer have a role in scrutinising public authorities’ environmental performance and compliance with environmental law, including that of the Scottish Government and regulators. Environmental Standards Scotland will fill this governance gap and ensure our high standards of environmental governance are maintained.  It will be responsible for making sure that public authorities in Scotland correctly apply environmental law, and that environmental law in Scotland is effective in protecting nature and our wellbeing.

Environmental Standards Scotland will form an integral part of Scotland’s strategic approach to environmental policy, following EU Exit.  It will be established through legislation, introduced to the Scottish Parliament in June 2020: The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.

The Board

Environmental Standards Scotland will be established, initially, on a non-statutory basis from January 2021.  It will transition to a statutory, independent body over the course of 2021.

The Board will initially comprise of the Chair and two other members.  Once Environmental Standards Scotland becomes established as a statutory organisation, further board appointments are expected.

Members of the Board of Environmental Standards Scotland will shape how the Board performs its role, including by exercising judgement on what information to monitor; selecting environmental concerns for initial review and for detailed investigation; resolving these through agreement with public authorities, where possible; and, highlighting any significant issues to Ministers.

Once the organisation is established on a statutory basis, the Board will be responsible for the development of the organisation’s strategy to set out how it will exercise its functions and powers including appropriate use of its enforcement powers.

The Board will function as the organisation’s governing board, leading it and making decisions about its direction and allocation of resources; priorities for gathering information and monitoring; commissioning research; and operating practices.  It will be supported by an executive team which will include a chief executive; secretariat and investigative resources.  It will also have access to independent advice.

Chair’s role and responsibilities

The Chair will be the first leader of Environmental Standards Scotland and will play the key role in establishing and shaping the organisation and setting the tone of its future relationship with the Scottish Parliament, public institutions and the people of Scotland. The Chair will provide leadership and help the development of how Environmental Standards Scotland operates and transitions from a non-statutory to a statutory body.  It will be an exciting and challenging role. It requires strong strategic leadership skills and ambassadorial qualities including the ability to develop positive relationships and influence at very senior levels. It is likely that you will already have a reputation for leading the set-up of a new organisation or board, with a strong understanding of corporate governance needs and a track record of leading strategic investigations.

The person specification, outlining the essential and desirable criteria, can be found in the Chair application pack in the Additional Information section below.

Members’ role and responsibilities

Members will play a key role in shaping the approach that Environmental Standards Scotland takes to its monitoring, investigation, research and enforcement roles. They will have a unique opportunity to influence the future direction of environmental governance in Scotland. Members will bring their knowledge of environmental law or policy and their abilities to evaluate complex sources of information and deliver sound judgements to the core work of Environmental Standards Scotland. These roles require strong analysis and influencing skills. It is likely that you will already have a reputation for your capacity to take a holistic view of strategic environmental issues, based on a strong evidence base, and effectively promote your views to others.

The person specification, outlining the essential and desirable criteria, can be found in the Member application pack in the Additional Information section below.


Eligibility criteria are set out in the application packs.

Time commitment

In initial months, the Chair may spend up to 8-10 days a month on Environmental Standards Scotland business. As the organisation becomes established, this is expected to reduce to up to 4 days per month.

Members are expected to devote about 2 days per month to Environmental Standards Scotland business although, in the early stages, more time may be required.

It is expected that the Board will convene for the first time in late November or early December 2020.

Length of term

Appointments are expected to last between two and four years, with the possibility of extension. The term of initial appointments will be discussed with successful candidates, taking into account personal preferences and the needs of the Board.  The combined length of terms cannot exceed eight years.

Both appointments and reappointments to Environmental Standards Scotland are subject to Parliamentary approval.

How to apply

To apply, please send:

  1. A letter, of not more than 1000 words, providing evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria and skill requirements for the role, as described in the Application Packs.
  2. A  CV (not longer than two sides of A4), detailing roles and experience relevant to this appointment
  3. A completed application form with your personal details, declaration, three referees and interview date preferences.
  4. A completed equalities monitoring form. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, in line with the principles GDPR Articles 6(1) (c) and (e), which are the lawful bases for processing, and GDPR Article 9 (2) (b) so we can comply with a legal obligation which is the condition for processing.

You must demonstrate clearly the evidence required to show how you meet the essential criteria, as the content of the letter and your CV will be the evidence that determines whether or not you are shortlisted for the interview stage.

Further information is provided in the relevant application pack.

To complete your application, all four documents (Letter of application; CV; application form, and Equalities Monitoring form) should be submitted to:

The closing date is 7 September 2020.


Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants. The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process. If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Freephone 0300 244 1898 or

Scottish Ministers appoint on merit and are committed to diversity and equality, and, value very highly the benefits of having different points of view and experiences on our Boards.  Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of their religion or belief, gender, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities. The Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented on the Boards of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.

Additional information

All applications will be acknowledged on receipt

It is expected that all interviews will be held virtually, using a suitable technology platform.

Application Information

Please note that this is not a regulated public appointment, therefore the Public Appointments Team are unable to answer any queries in relation to this vacancy*, please contact

* If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Freephone 0300 244 1898 or

Aug 052020

2 Associate Non-Executive Directors - The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

We are seeking two Associate Non-executive Directors with experience of engaging with the diverse social, economic and cultural groups served by the Trust and also senior level experience of transformational change (Post 1) and/or the adoption of innovations (Post 2).

The opportunity

There are vacancies for two Associate Non-executive Directors (NEDs) at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Although Associate NEDs take full part in all aspects of Board work including as members of board sub committees the only difference from a full NED being, they do not participate in any formal vote at Board.

The successful candidates for the Associate role will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointment as a NED of the Board in future, should a vacancy arise, and they have the appropriate skills.

Essential Criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. It is likely that you will have senior level experience gained in a complex situations and organisations.

Leeds and its surrounding areas have a rich background of cultures and LTHT is committed to ensuring their organisation reflects this at all levels. For either role LTHT wants to seek people who have experience of engaging with the diverse social, economic and cultural groups served by the Trust, particularly the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This may have been gained through links with the voluntary or not for profit sectors, community involvement or business initiatives.

Whatever your background, LTHT is interested in your ability to add to the existing board members’ life experience and bring personal insights into one or more of the following:

Other areas the Trust is looking to increase the skills of organisation and board are:

Role one: experience of the design and implementation of transformational change at scale, delivering improvements in service quality and delivery

Role two: experience of the adoption of innovations at pace

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role. These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.

Applicants should either have strong connections with the Leeds area or the ability to travel to Leeds.

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 reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Application documents

  • Information pack (N2210)
    PDF, 395.7 KB
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the roles, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.
  • Monitoring form (N2210)
    DOCX, 151.8 KB
    We like to monitor information to establish who applies for our roles and to ensure no group is treated unfairly. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with the selection panel unless explicitly stated.

Key dates

  • Closing date of receipt of applications 10 September 2020 at 11.00 am
  • Preliminary interviews 16, 18 and 21 September 2020
  • Panel shortlisting 22 September 2020
  • Interview date (via Microsoft Teams) 30 September 2020
  • LTHT Board Strategy session (two days) 15 & 16 October 2020 (successful candidates will be included in these critical sessions)
  • Proposed start date October / November 2020

* Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

  • The Trust – For an informal and confidential discussion with Linda Pollard, the Chair of the Trust, please contact Joy Murphy on 0113 206 4326 or email
    GatenbySanderson are helping us to identify potential candidates, for a confidential discussion about these posts, please contact Robin Staveley or Julia St Clair on 0113 205 6097 or
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing
  • More information is available at and on the Trust’s website, including the Trust's Annual Report. An interview with Dr Linda Pollard, Chair of the Trust, talking about these roles is available to view at

Aug 042020

Non-Executive Board Member - Dover Harbour Board

Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson
Location: Dover, Kent
Salary: £26,500 per annum
Posted: 02 Aug 2020
Closes: 28 Aug 2020
Ref: 76304
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Other

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade. It is an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in England, and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long-term port capacity for the nation, whilst becoming a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Welcoming 11 million passengers travelling in 2.0 million tourist vehicles, and 2.4 million freight vehicles, the Port handles up to £119bn of trade each year.

The Port of Dover has international significance in providing a gateway to the UK; its ability to support a resilient cross-Channel service is of both national and international importance. The port also operates as a highly successful commercial enterprise locally, supporting around 22,000 local jobs. It has, through development of its operations and continual investment, been able to future proof its existing facilities and plan for future demand.

The Port of Dover is a Trust Port, controlled by the Dover Harbour Board (DHB). Trust Ports are autonomous bodies created by Acts of Parliament and are controlled by an independent board. They are not Government-owned and have no shareholders. Surpluses are reinvested into the port for the benefit of the stakeholders of the port. The stakeholders are all those using the port, employees of the port, the local community and all those individuals, organisations and groups having an interest in the operation of the port.

Dover Harbour Board currently consists of seven Non-Executive Members, one of whom is appointed as the Board Chairman, and two Executive Members (Chief Executive, and the Chief Financial Officer and Infrastructure Director ). Of the current seven Non-Executive Board Members, the Chairman and two Non-Executive Board Members are Department for Transport (DfT) Ministerial appointees; and the remaining four are Dover Harbour Board appointees with two being Community Directors, holding special knowledge and experience of the position of the port within the local community and economy.

The board is looking to appoint a Non-Executive Board Member who:

  • has previously gained wide and relevant experience at senior levels in organisations of comparable complexity, profile and prominence to Dover Harbour Board. Those organisations should be of good standing and espouse the principles of good corporate governance.
  • has company board or equivalent experience and a good understanding and appreciation of business and government issues in Kent and the South East.
  • displays outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • is highly respected within their sector and is able to engender the confidence of their peers
  • has the ability to formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way
  • can contribute effectively and constructively challenge in group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals
  • has sufficient scope and availability to attend Board meetings, Committee meetings and additional forum meetings as required
  • is committed to working as part of a team which is engaged and ambitious for the Port

For the full information pack, including details of how to apply, please visit:

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 28 August 2020.

Aug 032020

Independent Expert Panel Members and Chair - House of Commons

Recruiter: House of Commons
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Competitive remuneration
Posted: 30 Jul 2020
Closes: 21 Aug 2020
Job Function: Chair, Leadership / Management
Industry: Public

The Independent Complaints & Grievance Scheme (ICGS) is a vital part of a Parliament-wide response to allegations of bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct in the parliamentary community. It is just one element in a package of measures introduced to ensure everyone in that community is treated with dignity and respect.

The most recent development in ICGS’ evolution is the creation of the Independent Expert Panel by the House of Commons. Approved on 23 June 2020 following an historic motion and debate on the floor of the House, it will be responsible for determining ICGS cases brought against Members of Parliament where the strongest sanctions – suspension or expulsion – may be required, or for hearing appeals on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards’ decisions.

The seriousness of the potential outcomes dictates that the eight individuals selected as Independent Expert Panel Members should have substantial and very senior experience in a judicial, quasi-judicial, or adjudicating capacity, or bring expertise in a relevant policy area, such as employee or industrial relations or HR disciplinary processes. The matters the Panel will consider will be complex, high-profile, and sensitive, therefore applicants must demonstrate that they can command the respect and confidence of all parties.

The House is also seeking to appoint the Panel’s Chair, and candidates who are interested in this position should be able to evidence a track record of effectiveness chairing groups, panels, or boards in a comparably complex setting.

If these fascinating and important roles are of interest, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Jemima Dalgliesh or Duncan Ewart, for a confidential conversation.

For more information please visit and to discuss the role in more detail contact Jemima Dalgliesh or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092.

Closing Date for applications, which should be submitted via the website, is 12 midday on Friday 21 August 2020

Valuing diversity, equality & fairness

Aug 022020

Chair and  3 Members - Determinations Panel - The Pensions Regulator (TPR)

Body: The Pensions Regulator
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: Brighton
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Determinations Panel members will be entitled to remuneration of £692 per day. The Determinations Panel Chair will be entitled to remuneration of £900 per day.
Time Requirements: Members - 30-50 days per year; Chair - 40-60 days per year

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

Determinations Panel Chair & Determinations Panel Three Members: The Pensions Regulator (TPR)

Person Specification

The Panel’s regulatory role is undertaken on individual cases on which TPR regulatory teams seek a Panel determination. Generally these are requests to exercise functions reserved to the Panel by the terms of the legislation. Individual panels are established as required in order to determine specific requests to take regulatory action, in an impartial way, based on the facts presented. These generally consist of three members. Each member will be expected to be able to Chair such panels from time to time.

In addition, the Panel meets together quarterly on a collegiate basis, to agree the overall way in which it operates, and members undertake further activities on a more ad hoc basis.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for these positions, please supply the following:

  1. A covering statement – (maximum 2 pages) – this is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification on page 6 (and page 7 for those applying to the Chair post). You should aim to provide specific and detailed examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the essential criteria and any of the desirable ones. You should describe what your role was in achieving a specific result. It will also benefit the selection panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please ensure your full name and the role to which you are applying are clearly noted at the top of this statement. Candidates can apply to both member and Chair roles – please submit a separate covering statement for each role applied to.
  2. Curriculum Vitae – with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.
  3. Equal opportunities monitoring form (included in the application form). This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.
  4. Political activity form (included in the application form).
  5. Conflicts of interest declaration (included in the application form).

The closing date for receipt of applications is 24th August 2020.

Determinations Panel Candidate Pack
Determinations Panel application form 2020

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

Aug 022020

Chair - Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board

Body: Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Could be based anywhere in the UK, but will require regular travel to central London, with possible occasional travel to other locations.
Skills required: Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £550 per day
Time Requirements: Time commitment may vary depending on the work programme, but will be up to 40 days a year.

Vacancy Description

Role Description

  • Proactively shaping and driving forward the strategic agenda of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB) by:
    • ensuring that the ASGLB operates as an effective and efficient mechanism for reforming adoption and special guardianship services in England, liaising with other Children’s Services leaders as appropriate;
    • providing critical challenge and support to sector leaders to ensure a high performing and efficient system;
    • ensuring the ASGLB delivers its aims and objectives, including through swift, corrective action where necessary;
    • ensuring join up where appropriate with other Boards, such as the Family Justice Board.
  • Acting as figurehead for the ASGLB and a champion for adoption and special guardianship, representing it to a range of stakeholders including the media; and ensuring transparent communications to the public.
  • Providing strong leadership to the ASGLB including through effective Chairing of meetings.
  • Reporting to the Secretary of State for Education at agreed intervals on the ASGLB’s progress and latest trends and issues facing the adoption system; and advising on any changes needed to its focus.

Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your covering letter you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post.  For those invited for interview, your responses will be further developed and discussed.

  • Ability to provide strategic leadership at national level, including influencing Government policies and programmes.
  • Track record in influencing and gaining commitment from senior leaders in a complex political environment.
  • Ability to drive action and deliver performance improvement in adoption and special guardianship services, including through the use of data and evidence.
  • Strong Chairing skills and proven ability to build consensus amongst board members, including through conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of the care system and in particular adoption and special guardianship services in England and an understanding of those people affected by the system.
  • Ability to act as a public figurehead, with proven ability to convey complex and sensitive messages simply and to a range of audiences including media.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 28th August at 10.00am.

Information on the timetable for this campaign, selection process, requisite security clearance, and the Advisory Assessment Panel can be found on the Centre for Public Appointments website:

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12).
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity monitoring form (if you find it easier to complete this in pdf format, please let us know).

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

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

Please note the following:

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

OCPA Regulated

This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Aug 012020

Senior Independent Panel Members - Public Appointments in Wales

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health
Location: Wales
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 15
Remuneration: This is a fee paid role and you will be paid a standard fee of £290 a day plus reasonable expenses.
Time Requirements: This will be a ministerial appointment for a three-year term. However, although we will make all appointment decisions at the same time, we will stagger start dates so not everyone will take up their post immediately. We hope to be able to offer some training for Senior Independent Panel Members during their term of office.

Vacancy Description

Whenever there is a significant public appointment to a regulated public body, an appointment panel (otherwise known as an Advisory Assessment Panel) will be assembled to oversee the process.  The Senior Independent Panel Member (SIPM) will be a member of that panel and will play a vital role in ensuring that the recruitment process is carried out in a fair and transparent way, in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. This helps to provide assurance to the relevant Minister who will make the final decision on who is appointed. The role of the appointment panel is not to choose candidates for the appointment in question but to provide Ministers with a list of candidates capable of undertaking the appointment—from which Ministers can make their selection.

The SIPM must be independent of the Welsh Government and the public body to which an appointment is being made and must not be currently politically active*.

Appointment panels also have a key role in exploring potential conflicts of interest and due diligence, so SIPMs need to have an understanding of the public interest and the Nolan Principles of Public Life.

SIPMs also have a responsibility to report any concerns about the appointments process to the Public Appointments Team and, if necessary, to the Commissioner.

The Welsh Government holds a list of SIPMs who can be called upon as and when needed. Each time a SIPM is proposed for a particular campaign, Welsh Ministers are required to consult the Commissioner for Public Appointments on that choice, before the process commences.

Senior Independent Panel Members may also be invited to take part in Welsh Government Senior Civil Service recruitment campaigns.

For each recruitment campaign, the SIPM would need to be available for approximately 4 days to allow time for sift meetings, interviews and post-interview discussions. In addition, the SIPM would need to be willing to undertake some training and development during the term of their appointment. We estimate a time commitment of approximately 10 days per year.

Interview panels should be as diverse as possible and reflect the population we serve in order to make appointments which are themselves diverse. We are therefore keen to attract assessors from different backgrounds and walks of life and with different life experiences.

Senior Independent Panel Members will wish to familiarise themselves with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. They will also wish to note the list of significant Welsh Government appointments. These appointments specifically require a Senior Independent Panel Member for chair appointments.

[*Politically active is defined as an individual being employed by a political party, holding significant office in a party, standing as a candidate for a party in an election, having publicly spoken on behalf of a political party or having made significant donations or loans to a party. Significant loans and donations are those of a size which are reported to the Electoral Commission, in line with a central party’s reporting threshold.]

Person Specification

Senior Panel Members must:

  • Have a clear commitment to and understanding of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Have experience of senior recruitment or other comparable experience to bring this perspective;
  • Be familiar with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, the public appointments principles and the Nolan Principles;
  • Have an understanding of the work of public bodies in Wales;
  • Have an understanding of how diverse groups bring their lived experiences as transferable skills and experiences;
  • Have good inter-personal skills and be willing to challenge, where necessary, while working as a member of the appointing panel.

Welsh Language Skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and whilst Welsh language skills are not essential for this role, they would be beneficial to the work of the Advisory Assessment Panels. Panel members are expected to show an appreciation of bilingualism and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming the Welsh language. We welcome your application whatever your skills level.

Additional Information

Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning 12 October. They are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams or Skype. Interviews will last around 45 minutes.

Your interview will consider how your skills and experience as outlined in your application form, CV and personal statement meet the requirements for this post.

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that potential candidates can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email public appointments as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have. Alternatively you may wish to phone Catherine Evans on 03000 250310 or Craig Greenland on 07870 385175.

How to Apply

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Welsh Government online system and submitted no later than 16:00 on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

To apply, you will be asked to register for an account on the online system using an email address. It is recommended that you select an email address to which only you have access, as this will be our main method of communication with you regarding the selection process.

If you have an impairment that would prevent you from applying online, please email

public appointments to request an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to impairment in order to submit your application.

As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A completed application form;
  • An up to date CV setting out your career history with key responsibilities and/or outlining your lived experience and any achievements;
  • A personal statement of no longer than two sides of A4 explaining how your qualifications, skills, qualities and experience, which may include ‘lived’ experience, demonstrate your suitability for the role and, in particular how you meet the person specification.
Information for Candidates English PDF version

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

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