May 052020

5 Non-Executive Director - Parliamentary Digital Service

Reference number: 51040
Salary: £9,000
Grade: Other
Contract type: Fixed Term
Length of employment: 1 year with possibility of extension of up to 3 years; expected attendance of 10-15 days per year
Business area: Other, Parliamentary Digital Service
Type of role: Other
Working pattern: Part-time
Number of posts: 5
Location: Westminster
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 17th May 2020

About the job

The Parliamentary Digital Service is seeking three non-executive Members of the External Advisory Board, including the chair of the board, for its Transforming Digital programme and two non-executive Members of the External Advisory Board for Digital Portfolio.

About us:

We work with the House of Commons and the House of Lords to help them meet their objectives.

We support teams around Parliament with information management, communications, digital tools, data, and engagement strategies.

We are transforming to become a more open, outward-facing strategic partner to Parliament.

Job description

You're from a digital or transformation background, with the recognised ability to take a strategic view.

You've already implemented organisational change, ideally in the public sector, and you're happy to share your experience to shape our success.

You're an outcome-focused critical thinker with energy, ambition, and drive.

For full information please see the job description.


Purpose of role- Transforming Digital:

The UK Parliament is starting a transformation programme to evolve as a digital-first organisation.

Recognising that digital is crucial to more effective partnership and enablement of Parliament to deliver its obligations to the United Kingdom, the programme, Transforming Digital (TD), builds on the progress of PDS to date, to become a higher performing, more open, nimble and outward facing organisation.

The mandate for the programme received approval from the Commons Executive Board and Lords Management Board in April 2020. Its governance includes an External Advisory Board comprising:

  • five external members, one being the Chair of the Board,
  • the Parliament Chief Information Officer and Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) of the TD programme and,
  • the Programme Director.

The External Advisory Board ensures the TD programme is advised by external best practices and deep experience of digital transformation.

The Board advises and supports the Senior Responsible Officer, the Programme Director and the programme team, providing scrutiny and challenge for strategic decision making.
The Chair reports jointly to the TD programme SRO and to the chair of the Digital Strategy Board.

The other roles report to the Chair of External Advisory Board.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide independent advice on the leadership of the TD Programme, on priorities, key decisions and risk mitigation, and advise the SRO in developing PDS’s capacity and capabilities to meet its future challenges and deliver value for money;
  • Perform a full, open and collaborative role on the External Advisory Board offering constructive challenge as well as mentoring support to executive members;
  • Influence colleagues across Parliament to help them understand the outcomes from the TD Programme

Purpose of role – Digital Portfolio:

We want to provide excellent digital services for a modern Parliament.

We work with the House of Commons and the House of Lords to help them meet their objectives.

We oversee a broad Portfolio of Digital transformation. Please visit our blog to learn more.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Bring an external, informed and independent perspective to discussions on the Digital Portfolio, including at project and programme boards where appropriate.
  • Provide technical expert advice to project and programme SROs and senior team members, challenging strategies for project management and delivery.
  • Understand the Parliamentary Digital environment and the challenges and issues that need to be addressed in delivering Digital services for Parliament.
  • Ensure that appropriate risk management and internal controls exist, are fit for purpose, and are appropriately applied.
  • Address the particular circumstances of the House of Lords as sole or joint budget for much of the portfolio

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

You are invited to apply with a letter of interest and full CV.

We will conduct a Sift based on the criteria set out in the key responsibilities section and successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : PDS HR
Email : [email protected]

Recruitment team :
Email : [email protected]

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