Latest Public Appointments – 21st January 2016

Please find below a selection of Public Appointments currently or soon to open for applications. Please note that information and timings can change.

The Public Appointments website allows you to search for all current appointments to the boards of a public body or advisory committee. Taking on a public appointment provides an opportunity to play a real part in shaping and influencing our society and the decisions that affect our lives.

Positions currently open to applications

Member (x2) – Environment Agency – closes Monday 25 January

The Environment Agency is a unique organisation with a challenging remit.  It provides an essential service to the public through its operational role, which ranges from reducing the risks from flooding, to working to reduce the impacts of climate change, to regulating industry and holds poor performers to account.

Applications are sought for two Member roles, one Natural Environment Member and one Local Government Member.  Applicants for the Natural Environment Member should bring an enthusiasm for and high-level expertise in working for the protection of the natural environment. Applicants for the Local Government Member should have an understanding of how local government functions and the ability to work effectively with local authorities at a senior level when faced with conflicting demands.

Candidates for both roles should have: an enthusiasm for and a genuine interest in the work delivered by the Environment Agency; strong analytical skills, and the capability to examine issues at a strategic level.  Accountancy experience is desirable.

Time: 4 to 5 days per annum.
Remuneration: £21,000 per annum.

Full details are available on the Public Appointments website or for more information please contact publicappts@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Chair – Healthwatch England Committee – closes Monday 25 January

Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. It has significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.

The successful candidate will chair the Healthwatch England Committee (a Committee of the Care Quality Commission) and also become a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission. They will work closely with the Care Quality Commission Chair and Board Members to ensure that the Healthwatch England Committee’s functions are delivered effectively and that the views of patients, service users and the public inform wider Care Quality Commission activities.

Applications are sought from candidates with knowledge or experience of consumer / user involvement in the design, delivery and improvement of services.  Successful candidates should have good public communication skills and be able to support a network of local organisations.

Time: 2 days per week.
Remuneration: £30,000 per annum.

Full details are available on the Public Appointments website
or for more information please contact appointments.team@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Non-Judicial Member – Sentencing Council for England and Wales – closes Thursday 4 February

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales promotes greater consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and criminal justice professionals and aims to increase public understanding of sentencing.

Applications are sought from candidates with experience or understanding of the criminal justice sector, specifically current experience of criminal defence practice, preferably in both the higher and lower courts.  Successful candidates should have a good understanding of what sentencing is designed to achieve and the impact and cost effectiveness of sentences available; and the ability to serve in a personal capacity drawing on their own experience.  Experience of or an interest in media / public relations work, audit and risk of financial management processes, and group decision making and collective responsibility is desirable.

Time: 36 days per annum.
Remuneration: £12,000 per annum.

Full details are available on the Public Appointments website
or for more information please contact PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Member (x3) – Competition & Markets Authority – closes Tuesday 8 February

The Competition & Markets Authority works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Their aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy.

Applications are sought from candidates who have business, commercial or financial experience.  Successful candidates should have an understanding of competition, markets and consumer issues; the ability to develop strategy and provide strategic direction; the ability to influence and engage stakeholder and policy makers; effective analytical and problem solving skills; and strong leadership and communication skills.

Time: 30 days per annum.
Remuneration: £27,000 per annum.

Full details are available on the Public Appointments website
or for more information please contact Saxton Bampfylde Ltd on 020 7227 0890

Chair – Low Pay Commission – closes Tuesday 8 February

The Low Pay Commission advises the Government on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage through an annual report to the Government making recommendations on the future level of the minimum wage and related matters.

Applications are sought from candidates with the ability to lead strategically in a high profile environment.  Successful candidates should have: an understanding of the relevance and issues surrounding the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage; the ability to analyse complex issues and financial information; and the capacity to work in a sensitive area under the pressure of close public scrutiny.  An understanding of economics, particularly in relation to the labour market, would be an advantage.

Time: 2 days per month.
Remuneration: £530.96 per day.

Full details are available on the Public Appointments website
or for more information please contact publicappointmentsatpog@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Members (x4) – The NHS Pay Review Body and Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration – closes Tuesday 8 February

The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint four new members to the NHS and Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Bodies, which provide independent advice and recommendations on the pay of NHS staff and doctors and dentists employed in the NHS, covering a total workforce of 1.6 million and a pay bill of almost £60 billion across the UK.

The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration is seeking an Economist Member, a Member representing Scotland and a Member representing Northern Ireland. The NHS Pay Review Body is also seeking one Member representing Northern Ireland.

Applications are sought from candidates with the ability to think strategically and to exercise judgement on complex and sensitive issues, along with the ability to analyse and interpret detailed information. Candidates applying for the economist post must also be able to demonstrate a record of achievement as an economist with the ability to apply expertise to labour market issues. Those applying for the posts representing Scotland or Northern Ireland must be able to demonstrate experience in a devolved context or knowledge of the public sector workforce in the respective country.

Time: 15 meetings per year.
Remuneration: £300 per meeting.

Full details are available on the  Public Appointment website
or for more information please contact appointments.team@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Science Member – Natural England – closes Wednesday 9 February 2016

Natural England plays an important role as the Government’s adviser for the natural environment, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.

Candidates will have: a demonstrable ability to see the bigger picture; experience of driving forward substantial change, and a collaborative style which commands the confidence of Ministers, fellow Board members and other senior figures as well as a wide range of stakeholders and be an excellent ambassador for Natural England. To complement the skills of existing Board members, applicants must also have knowledge and expertise in a scientific field relevant to the work of Natural England, such as the natural and/or ecological/environmental/marine sciences.

Time : up to 36 days per year
Remuneration: £328 per day.

Full details are available on the Public Appointments website or for more information please contact publicappts@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Chair and Non-Executive Directors roles on local NHS Trusts

The NHS TDA is responsible for making around 250 Chair and Non-Executive appointments to NHS Trusts and NHS charitable trustees each year. There are regular opportunities around England on these high profile local organisations.  These rewarding and influential roles provide an opportunity to be involved in decisions that affect our communities.  By governing effectively NHS boards build patient, public and stakeholder confidence that their health and healthcare is in safe hands. Non-Executive Directors work alongside other Executive Directors and share responsibility for decisions made by the Board, and the success of the organisation in leading the improvement of healthcare services for patients. You can find further information on these roles here.   You can also follow @TDAappointments for the latest news.

Additional Roles

The public appointments website also contains details of many other interesting roles, including a Chair for the Adoption Leadership Board, a Crown Representative for Small Medium Enterprises on the Crown Commercial Service, a Chair for the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody, a Lay Advisor for the Prisoner Escort and Custody Service, Members for the Animals in Science Committee and a Lay Advisor for the National Probation Service.

Forthcoming Opportunities
Key positions expected to be advertised within the next few months.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) – Members
ACAS is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills which aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. ACAS works with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance. ACAS provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. It supports good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success.

Advisory Council on National Record & Archives – Members
The Advisory Council on National Records and Archives is an independent body. It advises the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on issues relating to access to public records and represents the public interest in deciding what records should be open or closed.

British Business Bank – Members
British Business Bank is a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. As a government owned financial institution, it aims to address long-standing, structural gaps in the supply of finance by bringing together in one place Government finance support and associated information for small and mid-sized businesses.

British Film Institute – Members
The British Film Institute is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.

Companies House- Member
Companies House is a customer-focussed organisation that incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply and makes that information available to the public. It operates as a Trading Fund and its income primarily consists of fees for registration, data and search activities.

Covent Garden Market Authority- Members
Covent Garden Market Authority is responsible for the operation of the Market and for delivering Project Chrysalis, an ambitious and visionary redevelopment of the New Covent Garden site and the ‘third leg’ of the Nine Elms regeneration project.

Innovate UK – Chair
Innovate UK is an independent executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Its main aim is to support business led research into the development and exploitation of science, technology and new ideas with the aim of increasing economic growth, productivity and improving quality of life in the United Kingdom. It does this by providing funding, expertise, advice, facilities and contacts – all of which help organisations develop and advance their ideas.

Legal Services Board – Member
The Legal Services Board is an Independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales. Our goal is to reform and modernise the legal services market place by putting the interests of consumers at the heart of the system, reflecting the objectives of the statute that created us, the Legal Services Act 2007.

National Museum of Science and Industry – Members
The Museum of Science and Industry is devoted to inspiring our visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond.

Royal Botanic Garden Kew – Trustee
Royal Botanic Garden Kew is an internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 750 staff. The organisation manages botanic gardens at Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, and at Wakehurst Place, a National Trust property in Sussex which is home to an internationally important Millennium Seed Bank. The Seed Bank is also the site of multiple research projects and international partnerships with at least 80 countries. Kew also operates, jointly with the Forestry Commission, Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, specialising in growing conifers.

Social Security Advisory Committee – Members
The Social Security Advisory Committee’s remit is to provide independent advice to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. It examines a wide range of issues and publishes its views on these topics in its annual stewardship reports. The Committee is also responsible for mandatory pre-legislative scrutiny of most Department for Work and Pensions proposals for secondary legislation relating to social security matters.