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Non Executive Directorships

The National Lottery Community Fund – Chair of England Committee

Location: London

Date Posted: 11/07/2019

Closing Date: 08/08/2019

Vacancy Description

Background

The National Lottery Community Fund’s core purpose is to support people and communities thrive. This is delivered through its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead.

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – every year we distribute around £600m of funding raised by players of The National Lottery. In England in 2018/19 we awarded £370m of funding. This included: £80m to grassroots community organisations through our National Lottery Awards for All programme (making awards up to £10,000); £220m on flexible grants over £10,000 that support communities to take action on issues that are important to them (through our Reaching Communities programme); £20m on funding partnership projects that bring organisations together around a place or theme; £15m on longer-term strategic interventions; and £30m matching funds from the European Social Fund to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty.

A new chair of the England Funding Committee, who will also sit as a member of the Board, is sought. This is an exciting moment as the England portfolio priorities – early action, safe and happy communities, and places and spaces – are brought to life through greater local working and deeper external engagement, and as a series of legacy funds begin to bear fruit in terms of learning and impact.

This is mirrored Fund-wide as the organisation has gone through a period of investment and development, making it well placed to deliver our ambitious plans to achieve the Fund’s purpose: supporting people and communities thrive. The Fund has many of the building blocks in place and strives to learn, innovate and continuously improve in order to add even greater value to civil society and public life. Our contribution is as varied as it is vital.

Through our funding and catalytic role we develop deeper and broader relationships at both local and national level; sharing insights and telling the story of our impact, and we continue to champion the extraordinary work of communities throughout the UK.

 

The organisation

The National Lottery Community Fund is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead and for the Fund’s governance.

Funding decisions are delegated to five funding committees (UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and to Executive Officers, with the Board retaining strategic oversight for delivery of the Fund’s strategic framework: People in the Lead, and governance responsibility.

Policy responsibility for The National Lottery Community Fund, including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Further information about the Fund’s Strategic Framework People in the Lead and its programmes can be found on our website.

 

The role – England Funding Committee Chair

  • Agree the strategic direction of the portfolio to deliver People in the Lead in England in conjunction with the committee and executive team
  • Bring insight and perspective to the executive to continually improve The Fund’s impact through world class funding approaches
  • Ensure that programme and funding decisions fit within the Fund’s accountability framework, advised by the executive
  • Shape and sustain a group of diverse and high-quality committee members that has appropriate knowledge and understanding of community and public life across England
  • Ensure that the committee individually and severally operates to the highest standards and performance
  • Oversee decisions on major funding applications (decisions below £500k are delegated to executive panels)
  • Review and reflect on the shape and development of the portfolio
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund in England

Person Specification

Essential

  • A deep and informed understanding of the charity and community sector in England and the ability to engage with senior stakeholders therein along with senior stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Experience of charitable and community funding
  • Extensive experience of operating as a non-executive, including as a Chair
  • An understanding of portfolio management, funding decision-making and oversight at a senior level
  • First class communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to challenge constructively

Desirable

  • Exposure to decision-making in a funding portfolio of comparable scale
  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of People in the Lead
  • A strong grasp of corporate governance, regularity and accountability with regards to NDPBs

Additional Information

Time Commitment

The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay. We also hold a Board and Committee day once a year. Meetings take place in London and another location in the UK once or possibly twice a year therefore some travel is required to attend meetings across the UK.

The England Funding Committee meets every two months including two annual away days. In addition, the England Funding Committee will meet with strategic partners to review activity, attend events and represent the Fund.

Board and Committee members also provide informal support and advice to the executive drawing on their specific expertise and on occasion represent the Fund at events or assist the Fund with networking. The specific time commitment of individual Board members will be a matter for discussion with the Chair.

The time commitment can be up to 60 days per year.

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for up to four years. Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Type of Appointment

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has formal responsibility for the appointment of the members of the Board.

In line with the ‘The Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’ the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be kept informed of the progress of the public appointments process and will be responsible for the public appointment as the appointing authority.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • The Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity monitoring form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately 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: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk , please put ‘National Lottery Community Fund – Board Chair’ in the subject title.

Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

 

Queries

For queries about your application, or the application process, please contact publicappointments@culture.gov.uk.

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