Oct 082020

Chair – Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) / Meat Promotion Wales

Body:  Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) / Meat Promotion Wales

Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector:  Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location:  Board meetings are usually held in Aberystwyth with industry meetings, briefings, events and shows taking place across Wales, the UK and possibly worldwide. During the Covid 19 pandemic, meetings will be held virtually. Future meetings will be held in line with Welsh Government guidance.
Number of Vacancies: 1  
Remuneration: The remuneration for the position of Chair has been agreed by Public Sector Pay Reward and Recognition, Public Bodies Unit as £350 per day (maximum commitment of 72 days per annum). Travel and other reasonable expenses might be incurred in carrying out work for HCC can be claimed from HCC within the recognised limits. You may also be eligible to claim reimbursement for costs in relation to child care/care of the elderly/assistant carer, whilst carrying out work on behalf of HCC.  
Time Requirements: 72 days per annum  
Closed for Applications: 21/10/2020 at 16:00  

Vacancy Description

The Chair of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) is being recruited during a time of considerable change for the farming industry.

The HCC Chair is primarily responsible for leading the Board of non-executive Directors and ensuring the effectiveness of HCC. The HCC Chair provides leadership and governance to HCC and performs the important role of scrutinising all of HCC’s investments and activities.

The Chief Executive has responsibility as Accounting Officer for the operation of HCC. As a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, HCC is required to comply with the provisions of Managing Welsh Public Money.

The key responsibilities of Chair of HCC are as follows:

  • Lead the Board in the delivery of the ‘Vision 2025 – Vision and Strategic Direction for the Welsh Red Meat Sector to 2025’;
  • Lead on the development of the HCC Corporate Plan and the HCC Operational Plan through the Board;
  • Provide leadership for an industry-wide ambition to increase productivity sustainably, in the context of significant farming policy reform, an ambitious global trade agenda, and the challenges of both contributing to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change;
  • Play a key role in promoting the views of HCC to the public, Chair Board meetings and lead Sub-Committees of the Board to ensure their effectiveness;
  • Ensure systems are in place to monitor the effectiveness of the Board and all Board Members have accurate, timely and clear information on the company’s performance;
  • Maintain sound corporate governance and ensure all activities are discharged with probity and propriety as required of an organisation expending public monies; and
  • Ensure effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. The Board is expected to assure itself of the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

Essential Criteria

Leadership, team working and communication skills

  • Comprehensive understanding of inclusive leadership;
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate;
  • Ability to manage a group with diverse opinions and lead them to making effective decisions and developing coherent policies;
  • Promote equality and diversity with communities and respective stakeholders; and
  • Skills and ability to communicate clearly and convincingly within the organisation and with stakeholders, the media and a range of public and private sector organisations.

Appreciation of the agriculture and wider industry needs

  • Be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the issues facing the industry and Welsh red meat levy payers;
  • Have knowledge of or have an ability to grasp issues relevant to the Welsh red meat supply chain; and
  • Good interpersonal skills, able to develop sound relationships with Red Meat Levy payers, wider stakeholders and others.

Strategic Development

  • Ability to think strategically and develop a long-term vision for the organisation;
  • An understanding of corporate governance and HCC Board’s role and remit, ensuring they discharge their roles with probity and propriety;
  • Understand the wider strategic context and takes account of this when making decisions; and
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information.

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

  • Reading
    Can read some routine work-related material with support e.g. dictionary
  • Written
    Can prepare routine work-related material with checking
  • Understanding
    Can understand routine work-related conversations
  • Spoken
    Can hold some work-related conversations

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. 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 the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, 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 Team on: [email protected].

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


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