Non Executive Directorships

Chair of Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee (FWAC) East Midlands

Location: East Midlands

Date Posted: 22/08/2020

Closing Date: 22/09/2020

£2751 pa + exes – 10days/yr

Vacancy Description

You will be joining the Forestry Commission at a very challenging and exciting time. Building on our centenary celebrations in 2019 we now have a coincidence of proposed radical changes to England’s agricultural and environmental policy, a England Tree Strategy consultation and a comprehensive spending review providing an unprecedented opportunity to match the Government’s welcome high ambitions for England’s woodlands with the means required to achieve them. FWACs provide strategic advice, expertise and challenge to the Forestry Commission on implementing forestry and woodlands policy in England as well as advocating and championing forestry interests and woodland partnership working. There are currently nine separate regional FWACs across England, each consisting of up to 12 individuals drawn from a range of sector interests.

We are looking for an independent Chair for our FWAC in the East Midlands. The role will take up to 10 days work per annum, including:

• Chairing 3 regional FWAC meetings per year. These meetings will normally take place within the East Midlands, but occasionally in neighbouring FWAC regions when joint meetings are held.

• Meeting twice a year as a Chairs’ group with the Forest Services Board, including Forestry Commissioners and senior staff, to discuss matters of particular importance.

• Liaison meetings with the EM & EE Area Director (Steve Scott) and occasional ad hoc meetings of committees, depending on local demands.

The term of office for FWAC Chairs and members is for a term of three years, although there is the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory performance. Chairs and members are appointed as individuals and not as representatives of a particular organisation. While acting as an independent Chair, they will also be allocated to one of three main fields of interest that comprise the expert membership of the Committee: forest industry and land ownership; social, access and environment expertise; and local communities, economy and government interest.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have:

Knowledge of the strategic issues and major stakeholders’ interests in the East Midlands;

Significant experience or transferrable skills and knowledge to identify opportunities where trees, woodlands and forestry can help make a difference in both the urban and rural context;

Excellent leadership skills, together with a track record of working with a range of complementary interests and expertise in a structured and outcome focused way.

Strong and active networks, and be able to make and develop connections to forestry and woodlands interests.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)
• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 17:00 on Tuesday 22 September 2020. Email to Commissioners@forestrycommission.gov.uk – quoting reference EM-FWAC.

For further information please email: Commissioners@forestrycommission.gov.uk

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