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Non Executive Directorships

The Planning Inspectorate Board Members x2

Location: Bristol +

Date Posted: 02/01/2019

Closing Date: 16/01/2019

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs (Wales) are seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Director Board Members to the Planning Inspectorate Board.

Those who serve on the Boards of public bodies play a vital role in the life of this country, whether by improving the delivery of public services or providing independent advice to Government. Many people from a wide range of backgrounds across the whole of the UK participate in public life by being members of the Boards of public bodies. They are involved in making decisions that develop, shape or deliver government policy and public services.

The Planning Inspectorate (the Inspectorate) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Welsh Government (WG).  It has been an Executive Agency since 1992, but can trace its history back to 1909.

Through a team of approximately 300 professional Planning Inspectors, the Inspectorate provides an invaluable service in making decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State, or recommendations to Government departments, on schemes ranging from complex major national infrastructure investments through to local householder appeals, as well as supporting Local Government to put in place effective Local Plans.

Alongside current priorities, the Inspectorate needs to be increasingly flexible, resilient and ready to influence change and respond, quickly and professionally, to whatever new developments are made to planning, housing and growth policy.  The Inspectorate also faces the challenge of transforming its operational effectiveness, including through developing its culture and exploiting new technology, to secure its service to customers and ensure its central role in planning for growth is put on a financially sustainable footing.

The purpose of appointing Non-Executive Director Members (NEDs) to the Board is to bring a wider external perspective, having substantive and relevant prior experience, to contribute to the future development of the Inspectorate and improve the rigour of the Board process. They also bring fresh thinking and best practice to help drive innovation and the achievement of greater effectiveness and efficiency. NEDs provide support and constructive challenge across all areas of the organisation to support the Chief Executive and her team in delivering the Inspectorate’s transformation agenda whilst ensuring delivery of ‘business as usual’.

NEDs are appointed in an independent advisory capacity to:

  • Ensure regularity, propriety and value for money by overseeing (particularly through the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee) the Inspectorate’s compliance with any statutory or administrative requirements as directed by Cabinet Office and HM Treasury for the use of public funds;
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive and Executive Team are supported in their development and delivery of clear strategies by reviewing internal policy, contributing to the overall strategic direction, participating in Board decisions, and by providing input and robust independent challenge into the Annual Business Plan and Budget;
  • Provide Ministers and the departments (both in England and Wales) with confidence that the Inspectorate is being well led and is equipped to deliver on its strategic and operational commitment – NEDs are accountable, through the Chair, to the MHCLG Permanent Secretary and Board for their contributions to the efficient and effective leadership of the Inspectorate;
  • Scrutinise the Inspectorate’s performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives and, where necessary, taking appropriate action to improve outcomes and to provide independent views on resources, appointments and standards of conduct;
  • Support the Executive Team in developing its People Strategy to increase capability, strengthen culture and develop talent within the organisation;
  • Promote the Inspectorate’s independence in fulfilling its judicial role and its reputation amongst key stakeholders, including customers and Ministers. NEDs also have a key role in suggesting challenging and customer-focused targets and innovative approaches to the delivery of the Inspectorate’s services to enhance its performance;
  • Provide knowledge and independent advice according to individual areas of expertise and based on their wider experience in other organisations. Advice is normally sought at Board or Committee meetings, but may also be sought by the Chief Executive, Chair and/or Directors outside of these meetings.
  • Contribute to specific aspects of work, including reviews of the organisational structure and oversight of the implementation of major elements of the Change Programme as required; and
  • Chair one of the Board Committees (each Non-Executive Director chairs a Committee):
  • Customer, Quality and Professional Standards Committee
  • Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
  • People Committee

Person Specification

Essential Criteria and experience for these roles

  • Experience of operating in a senior leadership/Board role in a large complex operational organisation;
  • Experience of large-scale cultural, transformation and/ or technology driven change programmes;
  • Experience of leading operational change and transformation ;
  • An understanding of how an organisation delivers a quality service in a professional environment;
  • Excellent communication skills with the capacity to readily gain the confidence of stakeholders;
  • Ability to absorb complex information, strategically challenge and prioritise, and scrutinise management performance;
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity;

People Committee

  • A people focus including human resources; strategy development; organisation design, culture and transformation change; capability and capacity management; succession planning; and an understanding of how organisations deliver a quality service within a professional environment;

Or

Customer, Quality and Professional standards Committee

  • An operations focus including relevant experience, for example as a Chief Executive or Chief Operating Officer in a complex organisation; an understanding of how organisations deliver a quality service within a dispersed professional environment; exploiting technology to drive efficiency; and a customer focus including using feedback to improve customer service. This appointee will maintain a close liaison with our operation and key partners in Wales.

Desirable criteria and experience for these roles

  • Familiarity of the current English and Welsh planning regimes; and the impact on economic growth and communities at both a local and national level;
  • Familiarity with the development and dynamics of Local Growth programmes, including the operation of Local Economic Partnerships
  • An understanding of central or local government and government agencies;
  • Experience in any of the prescribed areas in relation to Wales.

 

How to Apply

To apply for this post please supply the materials below by Midday on 16th January 2019:

1.Curriculum Vitae – including education and professional qualifications and full employment history (max. 3 pages)

2.Covering letter – explaining how you meet both the essential and desirable criteria for the role (max. 3 pages). Please use specific examples from your experience to demonstrate how you meet each essential criteria.

3.Diversity (Equal Opportunities) Monitoring Questionnaire – Annex A

4.Guaranteed interview scheme form – Annex B  (if applicable)

5.Conflict of Interest form – Annex C

6.Other Relevant Information Declaration Form – Annex D

7.List of referees – Annex E (the referees will be approached only if you are shortlisted for interview)

8.Publicity survey – Annex F (please indicate how you heard about this post)

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