Overview

The Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government is seeking to fill a vacancy for a Non-Executive Board member on the Valuation Tribunal Service Board. The appointment will formally commence as soon as possible.

The Valuation Tribunal Service is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It was established under the Local Government Act 2003 to provide administrative support, procedural advice and central direction to the Valuation Tribunal for England. It has a strong corporate identity and clearly delegated powers and responsibilities.  The VTS employs around 80 staff and is able to encourage the spread of best practice across the organisation, leading to better public service delivery.

The Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) is an administrative tribunal set up by statute to hear appeals concerning local taxation matters. The majority of appeals concern the valuation of commercial properties for non-domestic rates and domestic dwellings for council tax.  Members of the Valuation Tribunal for England sit in panels of 2 or 3 across England to hear appeals.  Apart from the President and Vice Presidents, members are unpaid lay people who receive training and are given support to undertake their role.

The Aims & Objectives of Valuation Tribunal Service are:

To support the Valuation Tribunal for England in the administration of a fair, efficient and accessible appeals system by providing guidance and supporting the recruitment, induction and integration of new members.
To drive continuous improvement of performance and efficiency across all aspects of the organisation.
To enhance the quality and consistency of service to all stakeholders.
To work in partnership with the sponsor Department to support policy development.
To build capacity and capability in the staff with continuous learning and improvement.
To operate with financial and organisational initiative and efficiency.
The Board members have an overall responsibility to ensure that the VTS fulfils its statutory functions. The role will involve:

Attending Valuation Tribunal Service (VTS) Board meetings and contributing to discussions about strategy and policies. Monitoring and reviewing performance of the VTS.
Taking an active role in development of the VTS’ future strategy and its Corporate and Business Plans, through which the framework of VTS objectives and targets is established and their budget is set.
Supporting the VTS Chair in ensuring the development of improvements to Valuation Tribunal for England’s customer service delivery.
Assisting in the implementation of policies and systems to discharge the VTS’s statutory responsibilities. Board members may be required to be a champion for a particular policy area leading on discussions at strategic level and be involved in the promotion of that policy within the Service or externally.
Board members may be required to chair or be a member of a VTS established committee or sub-committee. As a public appointee, successful applicants will also be expected to observe the OCPA 7 principles of public life (see Appendix A of the Candidate Information Pack).
Person Specification
Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed against the following criteria:

Essential Criteria:

Sound understanding of corporate governance, accountability and regulatory frameworks
Ability to drive through the development of strategy
Evidence of the ability to monitor and review objectives
Financial and/or IT experience
Excellent communication and influencing skills
Desirable Criteria:

Knowledge of how government and public bodies work
Experience of developing a customer focussed environment
Additional Information
If at any stage, you would like further information on the role, please contact Mr John O’Shea, Acting Chair of the Valuation Tribunal Service at johnoshea47@yahoo.co.uk or on 0774 990 8336.

How to Apply
All candidates are required to complete and submit the following:

A copy of your CV (no more than 3 pages).
A covering letter explaining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the role (no more than 3 pages) – please refer to the person specification.
Political Activity Questionnaire (Appendix B) – This questionnaire enables the monitoring of political activity of candidates for a public appointment, insofar as it is already in the public domain. Neither activity nor affiliation is a criterion for appointment (except where statute dictates specific representation).
Other Relevant Information Declaration Form (Appendix C) – Any appointee to a Public Body could find that matters or incidents which previously attracted no attention could become matters of public interest once the person concerned holds a public appointment.
Diversity Monitoring Form (Appendix D) – The Department for Communities and Local Government is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and welcomes applications from candidates irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender or working patterns. Please complete this form and return it with your application.  Please note the form will not be treated as part of your application.  The data will be treated in the strictest confidence, and will be used for monitoring and statistical purposes only.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme – only if applicable (Appendix E) – The Department for Communities and Local Government uses the guaranteed interview scheme to help widen opportunities for disabled people.  Applicants with disabilities who meet the criteria stated in the person specification as assessed by the panel and submit a completed ‘Guaranteed Interview Scheme’ form will be guaranteed an interview.
Conflicts of Interest (Appendix F) – Please give details of any business or other interest or personal connections which, if you are appointed, could be misconstrued or cause embarrassment to either DCLG or the Corporation.
Details of two referees (Appendix G) – The referees will be approached only if you are invited for the panel interview and the references, which will be taken before the interview, will be made available to the panel.
Advertisement Publicity Survey (Appendix H) – Please indicate how you heard about this post.
Your completed application, preferably in Microsoft Word, should be returned by 11pm on 23 April 2017, by email to VTSBoardMember@communities.gsi.gov.uk, We would prefer electronic applications but will accept hard copies by post to:

Christina Machado

VTS Board Member Recruitment

Department for Communities and Local Government

Partnership and Delivery Unit

1st Floor, NE, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF