In addition to a legal qualification, candidates must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
- Established reputation as a leader in the field of charity law
- A strong understanding of high risk, high impact or novel legal issues within the charitable sector
- Knowledge of the Commission’s regulatory powers and how it can best fulfil its statutory objectives throughout its operation
- Strong intellectual and analytical ability
- A commitment to and understanding of the charity sector’s effective, independent, proportionate, and impartial regulation
- Personal integrity, demonstrable independence and attitudes consistent with the expectations of senior public office.
We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experiences to this demanding role.
About Charity Commission
The Charity Commission is the independent registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales. Its role is to register and regulate the charities in England and Wales, and to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. A non-Ministerial Department, it is based across four sites, employing approximately 300 staff and in 2016/17 had a budget of £21.5 Million. Its current Strategic Plan comes to an end in 2018.
The Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint a Board Member with a legal qualification to the Board of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. This is a public appointment and will be conducted in compliance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments and under the principles of merit, fairness and openness.
It is a statutory requirement for the Charity Commission Board to include two members with legal qualifications in order to ensure the Commission fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties and appropriately exercises the legal powers vested in it, under the 2011 Charities Act and other legislation.
The Secretary of State is therefore seeking to appoint a Board Member with a legal qualification and an in depth understanding of charity law and the regulatory role of the Charity Commission.
The appointment is for a term of three years.
The role is for approximately 24 days per year, remunerated at £350 per diem. No pension is payable for the appointment.
Most of the Board Member's work will be based at the Charity Commission’s London office. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake some travel in connection with the role, for which reasonable expenses will be paid (in line with the Charity Commission’s policies).
The Board is ultimately responsible for all that the Commission does. In order for the Commission to discharge its responsibilities appropriately and effectively, day-to-day and operational management is delegated to the Chief Executive.
The Chair of the Board provides leadership, vision and direction to the Board and the wider organisation.
The main tasks of the Board
- To ensure the Commission:
- effectively fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties and appropriately exercises its legal powers
- is accountable to Parliament, the courts, and the general public
- delivers its services within its funding agreement
- To set the Commission’s strategic priorities and direction of policy over the next three years
- To support the Commission in securing the resources it needs to effectively and efficiently discharge its functions and duties
- To regulate independently, proportionately and impartially and act in good faith and in the corporate interest
- To maintain and develop strong relationships with Government, Parliament, sector bodies and other major stakeholders and key influencers
- To support and manage the Chief Executive, including agreeing objectives and undertaking an annual appraisal
- Along with the Chief Executive, to communicate the Commission’s role to stakeholders including the public, charities and their users, the Government and Commission staff
In doing this, Board Members will:
- give proper time and attention to their roles and responsibilities
- use their specialist skills, knowledge and experience to inform collective decisions
- abide by the Commission’s Governance Framework and observe the highest standards of propriety in fulfilling their responsibilities
- ensure that they operate in accordance with governance best practice and Nolan principles of standards in public life
Further information and Queries
If you would like to speak to someone about the appointment process, please contact Tarjit Chal at DCMS, on 020 7211 6644 (email address: email@example.com).
To talk to someone about the roles themselves, please contact Alex O’Donoghue on Alex.ODonoghue@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk or 0300 065 2146.
How to Apply
Applicants are invited to submit:
- A detailed CV (no more than 3 pages) – this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
- A covering letter (no more than 2 pages) – setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
- Diversity monitoring form; and
- Declaration of conflict of interest form.
The Diversity Form will be kept separate from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.
Completed applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put ‘Charity Commission – Legal Board Member’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Tarjit Chal, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.
The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18 October.