Non Executive Directorships

WILTON PARK : Non-Executive Director (x 2)

Location: Wiston House, West Sussex & London

Date Posted: 02/03/2020

Closing Date: 05/02/2020

The NED appointed also to Chair the ARAC is a paid position. The second NED appointment is unpaid. For both, reasonable costs of travel within the UK to attend Board meetings will be reimbursed.

Vacancy Description

We wish to appoint two Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to the Wilton Park Board, one of whom should be a CCAB-qualified accountant, enabling them to chair the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC).

Individual NEDs are expected to:

Advise the Chair and the Chief Executive on issues relevant to the NED’s experience and expertise; and

Promote awareness and support for Wilton Park from within their professional networks; opening up new doors and opportunities with the business network or community.

Working with Wilton Park’s Chair (Gisela Stuart), NEDs are collectively responsible for:

Establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of Wilton Park, consistent with its overall strategic direction and within the policy and resources framework determined by the Secretary of State;

Overseeing the process of change, encouraging innovation, and enhancing Wilton Park’s capacity to deliver;

Agreeing strategy and objectives, and advising on the allocation of financial and human resources, and the management of risk;

Ensuring the planning, performance and financial management of Wilton Park is carried out efficiently and effectively, including agreeing Wilton Park’s Annual Report and Accounts

Ensuring Wilton Park is run in a way consistent with FCO values and the Civil Service Code as well as Wilton Park’s own values, with high standards of governance at all times.

The ARAC is responsible for more technical functions delegated from the Executive Board, including:

The strategic processes for risk, control and governance and the Governance Statement;The accounting policies, key accounting judgements, and accounts and financial analyses of the organisation;

Liaison with FCO Internal Audit and National Audit Office (NAO) oversight;

Fraud and whistleblowing;

Oversight of operational matters, including the house and hospitality aspects of the business.

 

Eligibility: Candidates must ensure that they are legally entitled to work in the UK.

For information regarding the selection process, please contact Stephanie Kouloumanou by e-mail: Stephanie.Kouloumanou@fco.gov.uk

Person Specification

All candidates should demonstrate:

A keen interest in the UK’s strategic foreign policy priorities and a commitment to help advance the agenda on wider international issues;

Sound knowledge and expertise in good governance and the ability to demonstrate strategic leadership at senior/Board level within a significant organisation in either the public or private sector;

Ability to analyse complex issues, to horizon scan for future issues and to provide constructive and independent leadership, challenge and support to the Board;

Ability to present complex subjects clearly and to promote a clear understanding of Wilton Park’s strategic vision; and

Ability and experience to support Wilton Park’s programme development and its role in working to achieve a safe, just and prosperous world.

Applicants who wish to apply for the ARAC Chair position should additionally be a full member of a professional accountancy body (also known as CCAB-qualified), and have strong interests in finance and risk management.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

The private sector; law; philanthropy through grant-making and/or foundations; and multilateral institutions such as the UN, OECD, NATO, OSCE or Council of Europe.

Additional Information

About Wilton Park

Wilton Park, established 70 years ago, is at the forefront of British foreign policy in advancing the cause of a safe, just and prosperous world through dialogue.

An Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wilton Park is charged with supporting the UK Government and the international community in analysing and shaping opinion on foreign policy and the international challenges that are faced in an uncertain world.

Wilton Park organises around 70 events a year, both at its base in Wiston House, West Sussex and overseas. It brings together policy makers, opinion formers and stakeholders from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media in a neutral and discreet environment for ‘off the record’ discussions to help solve issues of shared global concern.

You can find out more about Wilton Park by visiting its website at: www.wiltonpark.org.uk

Wilton Park Board

The Wilton Park Board is appointed by the Secretary of State to advise the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Ministers on the management and finances of Wilton Park. The overall role of the Board is to oversee the leadership and direction of Wilton Park.

How to Apply

Equality of opportunity – We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people with diverse experience and backgrounds.

Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

In order for us to progress your application, please submit all of the following information:

A curriculum vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history;

An accompanying supporting letter (maximum two A4 pages) setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the Person Specification;

Confirmation of whether you are applying for the NED role, the NED and ARAC Chair role, or would be happy to take either role;

A public appointments monitoring form;

A statement of conflicts of interest (if applicable). Details of any conflicts of interest should be declared in your accompanying letter. More information on conflicts of interest can be found in Section 9 of the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments;

Details of any public appointments currently held; and

Names and contact details of two referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview.

For information regarding the selection process, please contact Stephanie Kouloumanou by e-mail: Stephanie.Kouloumanou@fco.gov.uk

Applicants should send completed applications by email to Stephanie.Kouloumanou@fco.gov.uk or by post to:

Stephanie Kouloumanou

Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Room WG.56

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London

SW1A 2AH

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