Oct 172018

Non-Executive Chair - Transport for Wales

Name of body: Transport for Wales
Location: Pan-Wales
Remuneration: £425.00 per day, 5 days per month, decreasing after 6 months to 3 days per month (48 days for year 1, decreasing to 36 days per year hereafter)
Minimum days required: 48 Minimum days per year

English job description: TfW - NED Chair - Information for Candidates (E).pdf
Welsh job description: TfW - NED Chair - Information for Candidates (W).pdf

Function of body

These are exciting times for the transport sector in Wales. There is no doubt that transport services and infrastructure, and its role in connecting our communities, people and businesses to jobs, facilities, services and markets, is key to the delivery of the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government.

Technological changes will transform the transport landscape in coming years. Rapid take-up of electric vehicles is a distinct possibility. As well as electrification the move to automated vehicles, and transport on demand, will present the Welsh Government with a range of policy challenges.

These new technologies are opportunities for Wales’ economy to benefit from new highly-skilled jobs. How people use transport in their every day lives will change dramatically over the next decade and we need to be ready for those changes and to meet the policy challenges ahead of us.

Setting aside these emerging trends, there is also a need to focus on the here and now of transport delivery in Wales. The Welsh Ministers’ ambition is to deliver a transformational integrated transport system in Wales, providing high-quality, safe, affordable and sustainable transport for all; a system that contributes to economic growth and the country’s well-being.

The improved devolved settlement offered through the Wales Act 2017 will enable the Welsh Government to put in place a framework for the delivery of transport services that can improve network quality, frequency, reliability and punctuality. Together with the Programme for Government this provides an opportunity to help drive a step change in the way we understand, plan, use and invest in transport in Wales.

Transport for Wales (TfW) is a not for profit company, wholly-owned by the Welsh Government and established in 2015. Set-up initially as an expert adviser and advocate for transport related matters, TfW has provided technical advice to allow the Welsh Government to procure its Operator and Development Partner (ODP) for the Wales and Borders rail services and the delivery of the South Wales Metro.

Future vision & purpose

The Welsh Ministers aspiration for TfW is to enable the Company to take on a much wider range of transport functions. TfW is transitioning beyond its status as an advisory body to become an operational delivery agent for the Welsh Ministers. Mobilisation of the ODP has begun and TfW prepares to assume responsibility for operating the rail network in October 2018.

TfW will continue to evolve in its delivery capacity to realise ambitions for an effective, integrated transport system in Wales, making a positive contribution to key objectives and goals set out in Programme for Government. The foundations have been reset for putting passengers’ needs at the heart of the Company’s decision making.

In the rail space, TfW is now focused on alleviating concerns around seat capacity, journey times and service frequency and ensuring fair, affordable fares and quality, clean trains.

Integrating the provision of services and infrastructure through TfW has opened a new chapter in the wider integration of public transport in Wales. The scope and scale of the ODP and the current franchise are incomparable. It is a new way of working and the service will be branded as TfW. This is a new rail service made in Wales, for the people of Wales and TfW is leading the way in delivering ground-breaking transformation of transport across the country and in the borders region.

TfW is committed to Keep Wales Moving safely by delivering customer focused services, expert advice and infrastructure investment in the future. The Company’s values and strategic objectives are well-founded and ambitious, and will set the tone for the direction of travel hereon. As TfW’s public identity grows, so must its approach to delivery remain transformative, innovative and passenger-centric.

The TfW Board

The TfW Board comprises; 6 non-executive directors and 2 executive Directors. The directors of TfW are appointed in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 and the Articles of Association of TfW.

In addition to the powers and duties of directors set out in the Companies Act 2006, the TfW Articles of Association, the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Guidelines for Board Members, the collective role of the TfW Board is to:

  • provide effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives;
  • ensure strategies are developed for meeting TfW’s objectives in accordance with the policies and priorities established by TfW in conjunction with the Welsh Government and other relevant stakeholders, for example employees, customers and funding providers;
  • ensure that the Welsh Government is kept fully informed of any changes that are likely to impact on the strategic direction of TfW or on the attainability of its targets, and of steps needed to deal with such changes;
  • promote high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money;
  • ensure TfW’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively;
  • ensure TfW’s banking arrangements are adequate for its purposes;
  • monitor performance to ensure TfW meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;
  • make senior executive and non executive appointments to the TfW Board, including the Chief Executive Officer, but in all cases only with the prior confirmation of the Welsh Government;
    establish, and publish the well-being objectives of TfW for the purpose of maximising its contribution to achieving the well-being goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015);
  • ensure TfW considers equality of opportunity when approving policies and making decisions; and
  • ensure effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, including information security, governance, internal audit, external audit and internal control in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and, where relevant, Codes of Practice or guidance applicable to companies.

Role description

The Chair is responsible for leadership of the board and ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role. They should promote a culture of openness and debate by facilitating the effective contribution of all non-executive directors in particular and ensuring constructive relations between executive and non-executive directors.

Communications about the strategic direction of the Company between the TfW Board and the Welsh Government shall, in the normal course of business, be conducted through the Chair, who must ensure the other TfW directors are kept informed of all such communications. The Chair is responsible for setting the board’s agenda and ensuring that adequate time is available for discussion of all agenda items, in particular strategic issues.

The Chair will be expected to perform their duties, whether statutory, fiduciary or common-law, faithfully, efficiently and diligently to a standard commensurate with both the functions of the role and their knowledge, skills and experience.

They will exercise their powers in their role as a company director having regard to relevant obligations under prevailing law and regulation, including the Companies Act 2006, the UK Corporate Governance Code and associated regulations and legislation.

In undertaking their duties and responsibilities as a company director, the Chair shall have leadership responsibility for:

  • formulating the TfW Board’s strategies, ensuring that these fit both within the policies and approach set by Welsh Ministers, and that the company’s aims, objectives and culture are aligned with key government touchstones such as Prosperity for All, the Economic Action Plan and the Well Being of Future Generations Act;
  • mentoring the senior executive team, and in particular the Chief Executive Officer, to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their own roles and responsibilities, and how they can make best use of the TfW Board;
    ensuring the TfW Board, in reaching decisions, takes proper account of applicable statutory and financial management requirements and all relevant guidance including any relevant guidance provided by the Welsh Government;
  • promoting the economic, efficient and effective use of staff and other resources;
  • ensuring high standards of regularity and propriety; and
  • representing the views of the TfW Board to the public.

The Chair will also lead on:

  • ensuring all TfW directors are briefed fully on the terms of their appointment, and on their duties, rights and responsibilities;
  • ensuring that the company continues to recognise that it serves the people of Wales and their elected government. The company is not an end in itself – it is a mechanism for Ministers to implement their policies. The board and the Chair in particular will need to recognise and support the government and its Ministers. From time to time, the Chair will need to both seek out and take direction from Ministers about matters of policy.
  • ensuring he or she, together with the other TfW directors, receive appropriate training, including on the financial management and reporting requirements of public sector bodies, and on the differences which might exist between private and public sector practice;
  • ensuring the TfW Board has a balance of skills appropriate to directing TfW’s business, and advise the Welsh Government on any Board appointments;
  • notifying and seeking approval from the Welsh Government for any proposed changes to the structure or membership of the TfW Board;
  • ensuring a code of conduct for TfW Directors is in place consistent with the Model Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies in Wales; Code of Good Practice (February 2017) as it applies to Welsh Government Arms-Length Public Bodies; and
  • reporting to the Welsh Government, via the TfW’s Sponsor Team.

Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

  • Welsh language skills Desirable

Person specification

The Chair will be able to uphold high standards of integrity and probity. This will include the Company’s governance, decision-making and financial management assurances when considering, promoting and safeguarding regularity, propriety, affordability, sustainability, risk, and value for money across the public sector; and accounting accurately and transparently, for the company’s financial position and transactions. They must be able to ensure high standards of probity in the management of public funds.

Key skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • Experience as a non executive director, Trustee or Committee Member in either a commercial, voluntary or public sector context;
  • Established reputation as a leader and strategic thinker in either a commercial, voluntary or public sector context;
  • Significant experience of operating at a senior level in a strategic capacity;
  • A sound working knowledge of the public and private sectors;
  • Ability in partnership working and relationship management;
  • Able to build and maintain strong, transparent relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Strong intellect and analytical ability; innovative thinker and ability to focus on the issues to be dealt with;
  • Strong decision making skills that allow informed decisions to be made on a variety of matters.

Behavioural competencies and qualities required:

  • Strategic perspective, vision and ability to work positively within a team;
  • Drive and commitment and the ability to demonstrate this to others;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to develop effective, sustainable partnerships;
  • Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership (Nolan Principles);
  • Dynamic, enthusiastic and energetic;
  • Resilience and ability to make things happen;
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;
  • A willingness to be an ambassador for TfW
  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of private and public sector finance issues
  • Good understanding of company governance issues

Welsh Language

  • Welsh language skills are desirable for this post.

Interview dates

  • From 26 November 2018 To 27 November 2018

Closing date

  • 26/10/2018, 16:00

Additional information

  • Tenure of office The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport determines the length of the appointment, which will be a minimum of 3 years with the opportunity to extend the posts to 5 years.
  • Accountability The Chair is accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, through the Economic Infrastructure Directorate of the Welsh Government for carrying out their duties and for their performance.
  • Eligibility Applicants should be persons who conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will maintain public confidence.

Applicants should be aware that the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 or Orders made under the Government of Wales Act 2006 apply.

Applicants should also note that being a member of Transport for Wales is a disqualifying post for membership of the National Assembly for Wales under the National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) order 2015. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1536/contents/made.

Conflict of Interests

You should particularly note the requirement for you to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as Chair of the TfW Board, including any business interests and positions of authority outside of the role in TfW.

Any conflicts of interest will be explored at interview. If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment which will be entered into a register which will be published on the TfW website.

Standards in public life

You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies; you can access this document at:



For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

For further information regarding the role of TfW and the role of Chair please contact:

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on publicappointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom of this page. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system. You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates. This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit. The second document is a full, up to date CV. The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities. We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence. You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go. You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use this link to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 616095 or PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments


Oct 162018

Chair - Built Environment Forum Scotland

Reference: 1541
Remuneration: Non - Remunerated
Location: Edinburgh, City of
Closing date: 22 October 2018 at midnight

The current BEFS Chair, Dr Graeme Purves, is stepping down in December. We are therefore inviting expressions of interest from potential candidates for the role.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in the position of BEFS Chair, please write to the BEFS Director, Euan Leitch in the first instance, outlining (no more than one side of A4) why you would be a suitable candidate for the post. Please also include a brief career synopsis (maximum 500 words).

About BEFS

The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is the strategic intermediary body for Scotland's built environment sector, bringing together voluntary and professional non-governmental organisations that operate at the national level.

As an umbrella organisation, BEFS informs, mediates and advocates on strategic issues and policies affecting the built environment, historic and contemporary. Adopting a holistic approach, our aim is to put people at the heart of places that are both valued and of the highest possible quality.

How does BEFS work? Through its membership, working groups and workshops, BEFS provides a forum for debate and discussion on matters relating to the built environment. Issues are discussed and views presented to key decision makers in national and local government.

The role

The position of Chair is an exciting opportunity for a resourceful and confident individual to play a central role in developing BEFS not only as the Scottish intermediary body for the historic environment but also the wider built environment. As well as continued engagement with the Planning (Scotland) Bill, implications of Brexit and other relevant live policy topics, BEFS main lines of enquiry are currently: the future of religious heritage with a conference in Spring 2019; improving tenement maintenance, holding the secretariat for a cross party working group; addressing the issue of prioritisation in the historic environment; and maintaining an interest in ongoing discussion on land ownership, management and tax issues. BEFS has an important and pivotal role to play in ensuring sector engagement in these developments and candidates will be expected to provide leadership and direction. Candidates will have a passion for Scotland's places, excellent strategic, organisational, interpersonal, communication skills and enjoy working with a focussed and motivated small team.

A significant role of the Chair will be to carry out ambassadorial functions for BEFS, helping the organisation to develop its profile and its upward and outward representation with government and with economic, social and other sectors. The ambassadorial role will involve:

  • helping to identify contacts and open doors to key individuals and decision-makers (public, private, NGO)
  • attending certain functions for BEFS
  • leading certain high-level BEFS delegations (e.g. some ministerial or agency liaison meetings)
  • attending, and on occasion hosting, some BEFS' events
  • developing an understanding of, and contributing to, thinking on the Built & Historic Environment and wider place-making.
  • Attending meetings of the Strategic Historic Environment Forum, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.


  • Approximately 3-4 days per month.
  • Meetings are mainly held in Edinburgh, but may on some occasions be held in Glasgow, Stirling, Perth etc.
  • The position of BEFS' Chair is an honorary one. There is no honorarium but all reasonable expenses are paid.
  • The position is subject to re-election every three years.

The Chair needs to be able to adopt a broad perspective taking on board all views within BEFS and ensure that, at meetings and in statements etc, decisions made are representative of the Forum.

The Chair is a company director that leads the BEFS' Trustees (fellow company directors) with responsibility for governance of the organisation. BEFS has a staff of 4 people. The Chair is supported by the Vice-Chair.

The Chair has particular responsibilities in relation to BEFS' meetings including:

Attending and chairing Board and General Meetings
Ensuring meetings are structured and run competently
Ensuring discussion and decision-making is democratic and everyone is able to participate fully in meetings
Holding the casting vote in the event of a split decision
Preparing agendas for the meeting in consultation with the Director
Acting in partnership with the Director to ensure that BEFS has a clear vision and a resolute strategic direction in line with its core values and principles
Ensuring with fellow Trustees the future funding of the organisation.
Ensuring relevant matters are discussed and appropriate decisions made.

The Person

BEFS is looking for a confident and resourceful individual who is proactive, determined and collaborative. The Chair will be required to speak with an authoritative voice on matters relating to the built and historic environment. He/She will be able to demonstrate a strong interest and past experience of working in the built and historic environment but they will not necessarily require a professional qualification in these areas.

Desirable qualities include:

  • Political credibility, authority, chairing and leadership abilities
  • Proven and credible experience of board level governance
  • Visionary and motivational leadership; able quickly to earn and command respect, build trust and inject enthusiasm
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Proven intellectual strengths but with flexibility to move from broad strategy to the management of detail
  • Considerable presence and credibility; an obvious standard bearer for BEFS and a champion for the built and historic environment
  • Strong and effective networking skills; able to relate well to people at all levels
  • The ability to work collaboratively building a broad range of positive alliances and partnerships, able to build consensus
  • A high degree of personal and professional integrity
  • empathy with the voluntary sector environment movement in Scotland
  • experience of public life and understanding of the way in which government works
  • Sensitivity to the range of interests represented through BEFS, including sustainable development, urban
  • design and place making, and associated issues relating to the cultural heritage.
  • Experience of providing leadership to a charitable organisation of BEFS' size
  • Confidence and humour

Application Information

Please write to or email:
Euan Leitch
BEFS Director
Built Environment Forum Scotland
3rd Floor, 125 Princes Street


Tel: 0131 220 6241
Email: euan.leitch@befs.org.uk

Oct 162018

Member - Independent Living Fund Scotland

Reference: 1543
Remuneration: £172 per day
Location: Glasgow or Edinburgh
Closing date: 22 October 2018 at midnight

ILF Scotland is the organisation responsible for safeguarding the rights of some of the most severely disabled people to lead independent lives. With a budget of around £58 million, ILF Scotland is tasked by Scottish Ministers with making regular and accurate payments of Independent Living Fund (ILF) to over 3000 recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These funds offer people the flexibility they may not otherwise have, to live in their own home, take up employment or education, or to socialise like other members of society.

Following the UK Government announcement to close the ILF, disabled people told us that their overwhelming preference was the continuation of a national ILF scheme for Scotland. ILF Scotland has been established to do just this, to deliver Scottish Ministers' commitment to continue providing this vital support to existing users of the fund. ILF Scotland also opened a Transition Fund in December 2017 which provides money, for up to one year, to support young people living with disabilities (as defined in the Equality Act 2010) to improve their lives.

Scottish Ministers are committed to making appointments that reflect Scotland's diverse population and bring to boards a range of relevant skills and life experience. Our Public Bodies have a valued role in the provision of advice to Scottish Ministers and in the delivery of our public services.

We would welcome applications from people with lived experience of disability.

Application Information

For further information on the appointments, or if any questions arise, or if you require the application information in an alternative format please contact Catriona Mackie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555 / ksinclair@aspenpeople.co.uk or Caroline Martin, Care, Support & Rights Division, Scottish Government, CarolineMaria.Martin@gov.scot / 0131 244 3546.

Additional Information

Oct 162018

Chair - Solent NHS Trust

Join a leading community and mental health NHS Trust as Chair and help us shape the future of local healthcare.


Solent NHS Trust is an ambitious and forward thinking Trust of 3,500 employees who share a vision to make a difference by keeping more people safe, well and independent at, or close to, their own homes.

Connected by their values and culture they specialise in providing high quality, high value community and mental health services to our communities in Portsmouth, Southampton and parts of Hampshire.

Solent NHS Trust believe in joined up care, the championing of out of hospital, local, integrated care services and they aim to be the partner of choice with other service providers to help them achieve this. To ensure they deliver the highest quality, and safest services they foster a culture of continuous improvement, they learn from their service users, and they invest in the development, and improvement of their people.

The Trust has taken a leading role in the development of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) because they believe in the future of local, integrated care. Their communities need to be empowered to stay well, to help shape future care, and where possible, be cared for at home. By working as a care system, and leading where possible, they believe they can shape that future care system.

With their current Chair due to retire early next year, we have an exciting opportunity for an individual to become Solent NHS Trust's next Chair, and lead their experienced board to support the Trust. The Chair should bring a depth of leadership, and gravitas that is aligned to the ambitions of the board, and the Trust. You will have drive, energy and enthusiasm and play a vital part in the delivery of the Trust's vision, and the execution of their strategy. Most of all, you will be an ambassador of Solent's values, and play a vital role in connecting with their people, their staff, and their communities, the people who use their service.

This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who passionate about the NHS and the drive to lead, support and promote the work of the Trust, particularly in such challenging times.

Applicants must live in Southampton, Portsmouth or wider Hampshire.

For more information, please contact Carmel Gibbons, Head of Healthcare, Odgers Berndtson on 020 7529 6314.

To register your interest and for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing miriam.walker@nhs.net, quoting reference S1701 in the subject line.

You can also contact Rachel Cheal, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary at Solent NHS Trust on 023 810 32305 or by emailing Rachel.cheal@solent.nhs.uk

Key dates:

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on 20 November 2018. Applications should be emailed to NHSI.Chairsandneds@nhs.net
  • Long-listed candidates will be invited for a preliminary interview with Carmel Gibbons, Head of Healthcare from Odgers Berndtson. To facilitate this, we will share your application with Odgers Berndtson. Feedback from these interviews will be given to the panel.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Trust to participate in a Stakeholder Event, which will involve presenting to key officers and partners, as well as 1:1 meetings with the CEO. The event is scheduled for 11 December 2018.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake psychometric testing prior to the interview date
  • The final panel interviews will take place on 11 January 2019 in central London.
  • The proposed start date is 1 April 2019 when the current Chair’s term of office comes to an end. The successful candidate will be invited to shadow the outgoing chair at the Trust from January / February 2019.

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.

Oct 162018

Treasurer - Society of Designer Craftsmen

Organisation: Society of Designer Craftsmen
Reference: SDC V1/2018
Vacancy Type: Treasurer
Deadline: 16th November 2018

Region: London

Vacancy Details

Closing Date: - 16 November 2018


This is a Voluntary position - expenses for travel to meetings will be will be reimbursed in accordance with the Society's Expenses Policy

SECTOR:-Crafts, Arts, Culture and Heritage

Location - London & South East due to the requirement to travel to meetings in London

We are seeking to appoint an Honorary Treasurer to oversee all financial aspects of the Association and play a leading role in the Society's exciting and ambitious growth and development plan. Ideally we would wish to appoint an honorary treasurer in December 2018 or earlier.

This is a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to the ongoing sustainability and success of handmade British Crafts, and of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC), formerly the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society (ACES), founded in 1887; it is the oldest multi craft organisation in Britain.

DCMS statistics on 29 November 2017 showed the the Craft sector showing particularly high growth of 14.6% some 3.2% higher than IT, Software and Computing.


The Society is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee, not having a share capital. It is a national membership organisation; members are some of the UK's top designers & craftsmen and women; we also have a licentiate scheme for recently qualified apprentices and graduates who have up to a five year period as Licentiate.

It is managed by a Council of volunteers who are the trustees of the Charity. We are a friendly, supportive, committee and it would help us to have a Treasurer who will take an interest in the Society and have good independent judgement and willingness to devote time to attend Council meetings and the AGM. The Council usually meets 4-6 times a year at our office in London.

Our Financial Management

In financial terms we are a small Charity, our main income stream is from members' subscriptions.

We use XERO Accounting Software and have an account for training and support. Our bank account sends regular feeds of transactions and statements to our XERO Account.

The Society's bookkeeper is responsible for the day to day bookkeeping and bank account reconciliation on XERO Accounting. Management Account reports are easily obtained from XERO as necessary.

Our annual accounts are prepared by our accountants and are fully audited. Our accounting year is 1st January to 31st December.


Although not essential we would welcome a person with an interest in the Creative Industries, specifically Craft sector; also an understanding of corporate, and charity financial governance principles and practices.

A willingness to develop an understanding of the Society, its structure and operation ;and key issues facing its trustees and members.

Experience of the use of XERO accounting would be welcome but not essential. A financial or accounting qualification is desirable.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Advising the Council on strategic financial planning, to ensure best practice, in line with regulatory requirements.
  • To develop an annual budget and cash flow forecast; advising the Council as appropriate on the management and implementation.
  • To identify and bring to the attention of the Council any financial risks.
  • To ensure that the Society maintains adequate systems in place for financial and internal controls.
  • Ensuring that Trustees are informed about their financial duties and responsibilities and any changes introduced by governing bodies.
  • Attending meetings of the Council (approximately six times a year) as an ex-officio member, contributing to the governance and management of the Society and reporting on its financial position.
  • To report on the Society's financial position and related matters at the AGM and Open Meetings.
  • Liaising with the external auditors on specific issues raised by the Auditor.
  • Providing financial reports as necessary to assist with applications to possible funders and stakeholders.
  • Although this is likely to be very small at present some advice on investments, governance and reserves would be useful in our longer term plans.

The Society does not have any paid staff so PAYE or pensions are not of concern at present.

Time - The anticipated time commitment is one day a month working from home in addition attending committee meetings and meetings with trustees as applicable in our London office.

If you are interested in the role please send your CV or Statement to Christine Dove, Chairman or call her for further details or clarification.

PRIVACY - The data you provide in your application will be used by the Society only to assess your application for this role. By applying for this role, you consent to the Society processing your data for this purpose. Further information about how we protect and use your personal data is set out in our Privacy Policy.

Advert Start Date: 15th October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 07503 280906
Contact Name: Christine Dove
Contact E-mail: chair@societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk
Url: www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk

Oct 162018

Non-executive Director - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

We are recruiting a Non-executive Director for Devon Partnership NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community. The successful candidate will strengthen the clinical challenge on the board.


Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have senior level clinical and patient safety experience gained from medical, nursing or allied disciplines within the NHS. The successful candidate is likely to chair the Quality and Safety Committee.

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
  • provide clinical and medical challenge to board colleagues
  • 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 live in or have strong connections with the areas served by the Trust.

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 (S1794) PDF, 380.2 KB
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust
  • Monitoring form (S1794) DOCX, 201.0 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 for receipt of applications 9 November 2018 at 11am
  • Interview date the afternoon of 22 November 2018
  • Proposed start date January 2019

* Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to NHSI.Chairsandneds@nhs.net

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 Julie Dent, Chair of the Trust or with Melanie Walker, Chief Executive, please contact Janet Morrell on 01392 208662 or by emailing janet.morrell1@nhs.net
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Todd Fleming on 0300 123 2922 or by emailing todd.fleming@nhs.net


Oct 122018

Chair & 3 Non-Executive Directors - Castle School Education Trust (CSET)

Audit | CEO/ General Management | CFO/Financial | Chair | Change Management | Corporate Governance | Growth Management | Human Resources | IT/TechnologyLegal/Compliance | Non-executive/Trustee | Property/Estate management | Risk
Deadline date: 19th October 2018

Castle School Education Trust (CSET) in South Gloucestershire seeks a Chair and three non-executive directors to join its board and help shape the forward vision that takes the trust to the next level. CSET is currently made up of four large secondary schools and three primary schools. Board meetings are held across the schools in South Gloucestershire.

About the trust

CSET is a thriving multi-academy trust based in South Gloucestershire, on the outskirts of Bristol. It was created in 2013 when The Castle School in Thornbury converted to an academy. The trust has grown rapidly in its first five years and currently serves approximately 4900 pupils with a staff team of around 700 and a revenue budget of approximately £24 million. Today CSET comprises four large secondary schools and three primaries - with current Ofsted ratings ranging from Outstanding to Special Measures.

The trust is committed to working closely with other schools and academies in South Gloucestershire and the wider region. CSET is an important member of the North Avon Teaching School Alliance who work collaboratively to develop, improve and invest in teachers at all stages of their career. The trust is proud of its diverse and comprehensive intake, seeking the best learning opportunities and life outcomes for all its students. In addition, the trust runs its own separate trading company that operates some sports facilities.

Plans for the future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Performance: the 2018 academic outcomes demonstrate continued improvement, but the trust needs to ensure that all CSET schools are rated at least Good by Ofsted.
  2. Finance: Ensure CSET is financially sustainable following a substantial restructure in 2017. Like many schools in the UK, the trust faces a very difficult funding position and so the incoming non-executive directors will work with the board and the CEO and team to deliver educational improvements in a financially sustainable way.
  3. Building conditions: There are some significant issues with building conditions at several of the trust’s sites, which the trust is seeking innovative ways to address. The trust needs to implement plans with South Gloucestershire Council to ensure The Castle School and Marlwood sites are fit for purpose.
  4. Vision and Growth: Having grown rapidly the trust now needs to shape the next stage of its vision and explore the options for viable growth while collaborating with other MATs to improve educational outcomes for all. This includes seeking opportunities to further develop the trust’s trading company.

Trust ethos & values

The trust’s mission is to provide high quality, whole education in a caring environment. They aim to establish and maintain a collaborative network among schools, both within and outside of the trust, who share their values, in order to provide excellent outcomes for all students that no school can achieve alone.

They have a strong belief in the importance of collective responsibility for the success of all children in their community and ensure a deep-rooted and continued commitment to inclusive education.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 4

  • Role 1 – Chair and Non-Executive Director/Trustee
    The Chair leads the board of non-executive directors/trustees, which manage the trust’s business while providing leadership for the organisation as a whole. The role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team, most specifically the CEO, set the vision and ensure successful outcomes and sustainability. The Chair needs to ensure that the board is able to deal with problems and related proposals professionally, both in terms of the skills of the trustees and the way in which it conducts its business. S/he will have a key role to play in recruiting and inducting future new trustees.
    The Chair also provides strategic leadership and governance for the trust. They are responsible for the safeguarding and education of pupils, as well as for setting and monitoring performance benchmarks.

    • Person specification
      The competencies required for this role include:

      • Essential
        • CEO/ General Management
        • Non-executive/ Trustee
        • Chair
        • Corporate Governance
      • Desirable
        • Change Management
        • CFO/ Finance
        • Growth Management

      The trust is looking for a candidate that can bring a fresh perspective and new thinking to the trust board. The successful applicant will work with the existing Chair to plan for succession. Commercially aware, they will have a track record of successful Chair/CEO experience, bringing strong inter-personal skills, with an adaptive approach and strategic mindset. Additionally, they will be committed to the CSET aim, mission and values. This means having the willingness to devote time and effort to create positive change for pupils.
      As Chair, they will ensure compliance in budget setting and monitor expenditure in line with statutory obligations. They will lead the board to strategise for asset management and risk management, and will develop productive and supportive professional relationships across the board and with the CEO.

    • Time commitment
      12 hours per month minimum. Board meetings are held 6 times a year.
  • Roles 2-4 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director
    Non-executive directors/trustees will be expected to provide strategic leadership and guidance. They will be responsible for the safeguarding and education of pupils. As members of the board, they will set and monitor performance benchmarks holding the executive leadership to account to ensure the highest standards of outcomes and governance. Additionally, they will provide strategies for asset management and risk management, in line with the statutory obligations of the trust. All non-executive directors/trustees will be expected to fulfil some board leadership responsibilities.

    • Person specification
      The successful individuals will have board level or senior management experience within a public or private organisation and experience in corporate governance. Their skillset will include strategic planning skills and the ability to adapt and transfer their experience to an educational setting. Successful individuals will have excellent communication and data analytical skills.All new trustees/non-executive directors will bring a fresh perspective and challenge to the trust, with a desire to create positive change for its pupils. They will form part of a strong team and be able to contribute their individual perspectives to discussion and the forward plans for the trust. A commitment to CSET’s aim, mission and values and a willingness to devote their time and effort is essential. CSET will invite all non-executive directors to sit on a trust committee in addition to board duties.The competencies required for these roles include:

      • Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
        • CEO/ General Management
        • Non-executive/ Trustee
        • Corporate Governance
        • Growth
        • CFO/ Finance
        • Strategic Leadership
        • IT Technology
        • HR
        • Real estate/ Property
        • Audit Committee Chair
        • Legal/ Compliance
        • Remuneration Committee Chair
        • Risk
        • Change management

        The trust is open to hearing from candidates with a broad range of skills. In particular, the following skills would be of value: -

        • Finance: the trust seeks an experienced finance professional with an eye for financial sustainability and driving efficiencies. They will have expert knowledge of financial regulatory frameworks and the role of internal and external auditing and risk management.
        • Estates: an experienced estates/property management professional with financial acumen; well versed in recommended practice and able to advise on strategies for asset management across a multi-site environment.
        • HR: the ideal candidate will have an advanced understanding of HR and organisation development, as well as experience in handling legal and compliance issues. Previous experience as Remuneration Committee Chair is desirable.
        • IT/Technology: CSET requires an experienced individual with knowledge of overseeing technology operations. The ideal candidate will have experience of effective strategies needed to monitor and update IT policies and systems. They will have a proven understanding of the IT purchasing environment.
    • Time commitment
      6 hours per month minimum. Board meetings are held 6 times a year.
      Committee meetings are held 3-4 times a year.

Location of board meetings and trust website

CSET Office, Mangotsfield School, 2 Rodway Hill, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 9LH. Meetings will rotate around the schools.


Governance structure


The trust model has a members board of 3 which they aim to extend to 5 over time, and a trust board of up to 12 including the CEO.

The board operates with 4 committees. The board meets 6 times a year and each committee meets 3 to 4 times a year. There is an additional committee for the trading company.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.

  • Deadline for applications: Friday 19th October
  • Interviews: 8th November and 15th November

Selected candidates will be put forward to the trust as they are confirmed. There will be opportunities for informal visits with the Chair/trust and interviews will be held in November.

Oct 122018

Trustee - Novaturient International

Organisation: Novaturient International
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 12th November 2018
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details

Novaturient International is a UK based, Voluntary Aid and Support organisation, focusing on Education, Conservation, Healthcare and Community Development projects, both in the UK and Worldwide.

Working together with our network of volunteers, consultants and partner organisations, Novaturient International aims to provide volunteer staffing solutions, training, equipment, educational resources, operational facilities, networking and the procurement of necessary goods and services for some of the worlds most vital education, community development, healthcare, and conservation projects.

Through our scholarship program, Novaturient International also provides school placements, healthcare and safe and secure accommodation to children disadvantaged by poverty, disability, abuse or displacement in some of the worlds most deprived areas.

About the opportunity?

Novaturient International is searching for new trustees to join our growing organisation and support the charity during a crucial time by ensuring the effective implementation of our strategic goals. The overall role of a Trustee is to ensure the organisation conducts activities in accordance with legal and regulatory responsibilities and to strive to achieve the overall mission of the charity.

Each trustee must have:

  • integrity
  • a commitment to the organisation and its objectives
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • willingness to speak their mind
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Ideally, the new trustees will also have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Grant Applications
  • Strategic Planning skills
  • Financial planning and management
  • Understanding of Charity Commission legislation
  • Children and young people, particularly in the context of education, poverty, disability, mental health, inclusion, and well-being
  • Fundraising/Events
  • Marketing
  • International Aid

Novaturient International is an equal opportunities organisation and we welcome applications from all areas of the community, If you are interested in applying for this role, you can apply by emailing k.boyle@nova-int.org or call on 01202 242286

Advert Start Date: 10th October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 01202 242286
Contact Name: Kevin Boyle
Contact E-mail: k.boyle@nova-int.org
Url: www.nova-int.org

Oct 112018

Non - Councillor Board Member -HITRANS

Reference: 1540
Remuneration: Non - Remunerated
Location: Highlands and Islands
Closing date: 31 October 2018 at midnight

The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) is one of seven statutory Regional Transport Partnerships established under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 to take a regional approach to transport planning and delivery working across the administrative areas of Argyll and Bute (excluding Helensburgh and Lomond) Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray and Orkney Islands councils.

The Partnership's principal duty and responsibility is developing and overseeing the delivery of a statutory Regional Transport Strategy, which sets out a vision, objectives and proposed actions for how transport will support and promote economic prosperity; connect communities and reduce social exclusion; and improve environmental sustainability, health and wellbeing. HITRANS is also a statutory Community Planning agency and active partner in the 5 Community Planning Partnerships which cover our constituent Council areas, and is a statutory Key Agency in the Development Planning process.

The Partnership Board consists of 5 Councillor members, who are nominated by our constituent Councils, and 3 non-Councillor members. A vacancy has now arisen for a non-Councillor Board member and applications are invited from all interested individuals who have the necessary flair, experience and ability to help guide and shape the future development of transport strategy and delivery at a regional level. Applicants are expected to have operational expertise and/or knowledge of working at Board or strategic level in the business, public or voluntary sectors. Knowledge of transport issues and financial awareness are also desirable.

As a listed public authority, with general and specific duties under the Equality Act 2010, HITRANS is committed to promoting equal opportunities, greater diversity and gender representation in the membership of Public Boards. Accordingly, we would welcome applications from sections of the community under-represented on the Board including from young people, women and BAME candidates.

Board membership is not paid but certain expenses are met. The successful candidate will be expected to attend up to 4 meetings a year, with appointment initially for a fixed term of four years.

Application Information

More information on HITRANS and an application pack can be obtained at www.hitrans.org.uk or for an informal discussion contact Ranald Robertson, Partnership Director, HITRANS on 01463 719002.

Additional Information

Oct 112018

Trustee - Transparency International UK

Organisation: Transparency International UK
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 5th November 2018
Region: London

Vacancy Details

Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is seeking new members of its Board of Trustees.

We are looking for people who are strongly committed to fighting corruption and to promoting integrity and good governance to achieve this.

This is an opportunity to join the Board of the UK Chapter of the world's leading anti-corruption NGO and provide strategic direction and guidance, supporting our work on anti-corruption in the UK and on the UK's impact on corruption around the world. Members of the Trustee Board are not paid, but travel and other expenses can be reimbursed.

In light of the organisation's strategy and operations, we are particularly looking for people with experience of defence and security organisations; fundraising and communications; and advocacy and campaign management. We would also welcome applications from people with experience of co-ordinating limited resources to maximise and measure the impact we have.

Joining the Board of TI-UK is a senior non-executive appointment. Prospective members of the Board of Trustees should be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have professional expertise in a discipline relevant to TI-UK
  • Are motivated to contribute to TI-UK's work
  • Understand corporate governance and the role of boards and of charity trustees
  • Have experience of contributing to the strategic direction of organisations
  • Are willing to provide support to the work of TI-UK and are able to commit time to fulfil their Board responsibilities
  • Appreciate that this is a voluntary, unpaid position

TI-UK welcomes diversity of experience, background, knowledge, expertise, contribution and perspective. Applicants will be asked to complete a diversity monitoring form. TI-UK is putting in place a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy and asks all staff and Trustees to sign its Code of Conduct. A DBS disclosure may be requested for the successful candidates.

For more information about TI-UK, please see our website, www.transparency.org.uk.

To express your interest in this opportunity, please send your CV, and a covering letter of no more than two pages, explaining why you are interested in joining the Board of TI-UK and outlining what skills and experience you bring to the role, to: company.secretary@transparency.org.uk, no later than 5 November 2018.

Advert Start Date: 10th October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 020 3096 7675
Contact Name: Mandy Salter
Contact E-mail: company.secretary@transparency.org.uk
Url: http://www.transparency.org.uk/get-involved/new-board-members/#.W74JPfZFzIU

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