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Non Executive Directorships

The Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Commissioner

Location: National with attendance at meetings in central London

Date Posted: 09/05/2019

Closing Date: 09/06/2019

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Women and Equalities wishes to appoint the Wales Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This appointment fulfils the requirements of the Equality Act 2006 that the membership of the Commission must include a Commissioner who knows about conditions in Wales (the “Wales Commissioner”). This appointment will be made with the consent of Welsh Ministers.

The roles and responsibilities of EHRC Commissioners are set out in the Commission’s Governance Manual.

Commissioners are responsible for:

  • working with the Chair and Chief Executive to set the strategic direction of the EHRC;
  • scrutinising the EHRC’s performance, and supporting the Chair in holding the Chief Executive to account; and
  • complying at all times with the Cabinet Office’s Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies (2011) and the EHRC’s Code of Conduct and conflicts of interest guidance (Part 4 of the EHRC’s Governance Framework).

In addition to the responsibilities of EHRC Commissioners, as set in the Commission’s Governance Manual, the Wales Commissioner has particular responsibilities on the following matters:

  • chairing the Wales Committee;
  • engaging with other EHRC committees and working groups on Wales and Great Britain-wide matters;
  • contributing to the process of advising the Welsh Government about equality and human rights law and its potential effects;
  • contributing to the development of the EHRC’s annual report, strategic plan and business priorities in respect of Wales;
  • representing the EHRC in Wales including stakeholder and community engagement to further the EHRC’s priorities.

Appointments to the EHRC are for between 3 and 5 years.

Person Specification

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the selection criteria for the post, through their knowledge, skills and experience.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following selection criteria:

  • Senior level leadership experience and the ability to work collaboratively and chair at Board level, including the ability to bring a business perspective and practical mind-set to discussions and the credibility to effectively challenge others;
  • The ability to build constructive relationships and influence at the highest level, and to act as an ambassador for the Commission, particularly in Wales, working with key stakeholders and promoting the organisation’s role and aims to the public and a wide range of partners;
  • The ability to provide strategic, knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspectives on a range of sensitive and complex issues and the ability to contribute to the development of strategic priorities, weighing up competing arguments capable of justification under close scrutiny;
  • A commitment to and knowledge or experience of equality and human rights;
  • An understanding of the context in which the Commission operates and knowledge of conditions in Wales and their relationship to conditions in Great Britain;
  • High standards of integrity, commitment to public service values, and an understanding of the principles and practices of corporate governance.

Applicants will be assessed against these criteria in their application and any subsequent interview.

For this post, a person cannot be appointed as a Board Member if he or she is employed in the civil service of the state, has unspent criminal convictions, is subject to bankruptcy, or disqualification as a company director. There must be no employment restrictions, or limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

How to Apply

Please submit the following completed documentation:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (maximum three sides of A4) outlining your education, professional qualifications and full employment history.
  • An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum two sides of A4) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
  • Monitoring Form (including conflicts of interest, political activity, diversity) – attached as a separate document (please see Annex A).
  • If applicable, Annex B, which concerns the Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview.

Please send all the above required application documents to EHRC.publicappointments@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. If you are unable to email your application, you can send it in the post to:

EHRC Sponsorship Team (for: EHRC Public Appointments)

Government Equalities Office

Sanctuary Buildings

Great Smith St

Westminster

London SW1P 3BT.

We are happy to accept applications in the Welsh language.

Please contact EHRC.publicappointments@cabinetoffice.gov.uk if you require any materials in an alternative form, explaining what you need and why you require an alternative format. Please note that all documents can be provided in the Welsh language upon request.

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