Nov 162020

Non-Executive Board Member - Independent Monitoring Authority

Reference: 3853
Remuneration: £300
Location: Swansea
Closing date: 23 November 2020 at midday

The role of a Non-Executive Member

The founding legislation for the IMA requires the Justice Secretary, in appointing the non-executive members to:

  • Have regard to the desirability of the IMA’s members, between them, having knowledge of conditions in the United Kingdom relating to the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens living here; and
  • Ensure that, so far as possible, the non-executive members include particular ones who know about the specific conditions in Scotland, as well as Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar relating to the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens.

This recruitment campaign is for a non-executive board member with this specialist knowledge in respect of Scotland.

This is an interesting role for a candidate with the right skills to be responsible for helping to lead this new independent body. Advised by the Interim Chief Executive who has been in post since March, you will support the Chair in finalising the IMA’s staffing, structures, policies and procedures, as it begins its operations after the end of the Transition Period, and that it operates effectively from then on.

Together with the Chair and at least one other non-executive Member, you may be involved in appointing the first Chief Executive of the IMA (to succeed the Interim Chief Executive) and/or between one and three other executive Members.

This position will suit a candidate who is interested in delivering a new function, and someone seeking an opportunity which offers both intellectual challenge and stakeholder engagement.


  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.
  • If employed in the UK civil service, you will have to resign if appointed.
  • You should not be a Member of the House of Commons, the Scottish Parliament, Senedd Cymru, or the Northern Ireland Assembly.
  • (If appointed) You must be able take up the appointment within 2 weeks of being notified, though your start date may be subject to successful completion of security checks.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

Person Specification

  • Essential criteria
    Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

    • The ability to work as part of an executive board and support the leadership of an organisation by providing strategic guidance and effective challenge.
    • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to work with and through others to achieve objectives.
    • Experience of or a good understanding of compliance with expenditure controls.
    • Ability to analyse complex information, reach practical decisions and to think strategically.
    • Good communication skills, with the ability to provide constructive, independent challenge and support to the IMA.
    • Sound judgement as well as high levels of probity and integrity.
    • Knowledge of conditions in Scotland relating to citizens’ rights under the UK EU Withdrawal Agreement and the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement.
  • Desirable criteria
    • An understanding of the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens living in the UK as a whole under the Withdrawal Agreement and EEA EFTA Separation Agreement.
    • Previous experience of working on an executive board.

Additional Information

Travel and subsistence allowances may be payable on the same basis as that applicable to civil servants where the post holder is required to travel to other locations or stay overnight in the course of their duties.

How to Apply

Send the following documents:

A copy of your CV, in no more than two sides of A4
A supporting statement that evidences how you meet all the criteria, in no more than two sides of A4

  • Declaration of interests form;
  • Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • public appointments held (paragraph 16, diversity monitoring form);
  • political activity declaration (section 17, diversity monitoring form);
  • Please complete the diversity monitoring below:

Complete applications should be sent to: [email protected] quoting reference PAT160012 in the subject line of your email, receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Please note that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current restrictions on gatherings, travel, and the recommended social distancing advice will influence the recruitment process and timetable. Ministers are still making public appointments; however, the COVID-19 pandemic will also impact on their time. Therefore, flexibility regarding the process and timetable will be required. Candidates will be updated whenever and wherever there are changes to the process and/or timetable.

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 the Board directly*

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