170707-Recruitment-Pack-for-PINS-Chair-for-Advertising-FinalThe Planning Inspectorate (PINS) is a joint executive agency of DCLG and the Welsh Government (WG). PINS has responsibility, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (England) and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Wales), for delivering key elements of the planning system under planning, housing and associated legislation. Its primary areas of activity are:

The preparation of reports and recommendations to enable the appropriate Secretary of State to make decisions on national infrastructure projects, as set out in the Planning Act 2008;
Making decisions on planning and related appeals, applications and orders, referring recommendations to the Secretary of State or Welsh Minister where appropriate;
The examination of Local Plans in England, Local Development Plans in Wales and Community Infrastructure Levy Schedules; and
Examining and administering applications for Developments of National Significance on behalf of the Welsh Ministers as set out in Section 62D of the Town and Country Planning Act.
PINS also carries out work for other government departments in England and Wales, which is subject to specific service level agreements, including the Department of Energy, Climate and Change (DECC), the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).


The Chair’s role is to support the Chief Executive and leadership team in providing strategic direction and confident, clear and consistent leadership to PINS. The Chair, working with the Board and the Chief Executive, will need to ensure that PINS has strategies and plans in place to deliver service transformation, manage risk and support housing delivery.  This will require someone with strategic thinking, leadership and influence; who is comfortable with complexity and scrutiny.


Person Specification
Essential Criteria:

Ability and strength of character to provide exceptional leadership skills and to encourage commitment, innovation and flexibility within the Board, within the seven principles of public life (pdf);
Strong financial and performance management skills acumen with a track record of driving rapid change within public and/or private organisations;
Political judgement and ability to work with stakeholders in local and national government with an understanding of decision-making processes.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills to build credibility with all PINS staff.
Ability to handle issues which may be politically, presentationally or legally sensitive.
Ability to drive culture change, especially to support improvements in customer service.
Desirable Criteria:

Experience of working with national or local Government.
How to Apply
All candidates are required to complete and submit all of the following:

Planning Inspectorate (PINS) Board: Chair Vacancy – Please see the link at https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/chair-planning-inspectorate-board/ for details of the role and how to apply. If you wish to apply, please complete all the annexes in the Recruitment Pack along with your CV and covering letter and send them to PublicAppointments@communities.gsi.gov.uk
A Curriculum Vitae which include your education and professional qualifications and full employment history (no more than 3 pages).
Covering letter explaining how you meet both the essential and desirable criteria for the role (no more than 3 pages) – please refer to the person specification section of this candidate pack
Diversity (Equal Opportunities) Monitoring Questionnaire – Annex A
Guaranteed interview scheme form – if applicable – Annex B
Conflict of Interest form – Annex C
Other Relevant Information Declaration Form – Annex D
List of referees – Annex E (The referees will be approached only if you are shortlisted for interview)
Publicity survey – Annex F
Your completed application should be returned, preferably in Microsoft Word, by email to publicappointments@communities.gsi.gov.uk please include the reference “PINS Chair” in the subject of your email.

We would prefer electronic applications but will accept hard copies by post to Nina Shuttlewood, Partnership & Delivery Unit, Department for Communities and Local Government, 1st Floor NE, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.