Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council Members

Body: Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Business / Commercial, HR
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Members receive an annual remuneration of £1,695 in additional to £172 for each day of attendance plus reasonable travel and subsistence expenses
Time Requirements: The time commitment is on average 2 days per month with at least 6 Council meetings per year.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (16 April 2018) announced new appointments to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) council.

Susan Jordan, Jayne Haines and Anne Davies have been appointed as new non-executive board members for a 3 year term from 16 April 2018.

Anne Davies joins the council as an independent member and Susan Jordan and Jayne Haines as employer representatives.

Sally Hunt has also been reappointed for an additional 3 years

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


to be announced mid to end January 2018


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

ACAS provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. It supports good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. When things do go wrong they help by providing conciliation to resolve workplace problems. ACAS’ overarching mission is ‘to improve organisations and working lives through better employment relations’ and all of the services provided by ACAS are intended to promote good employment relations and ensure that workplace disputes are kept to a minimum. To safeguard ACAS’s independence, and to provide appropriate strategic direction and control, a governance body, the ACAS Council was established by statute. Membership is drawn from business, trade unions, and other independent sectors.  Further information about the work of ACAS and recent reports can be found at:

The Council:  The overall responsibility for the governance of ACAS rests with the Chair of the ACAS Council. The Council itself comprises the Chair and 11 members, appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Council is responsible for determining the strategic direction, policies and priorities of ACAS and ensuring that its statutory duties are carried out effectively. Working through officials, it is also responsible for overseeing compliance with requirements for the use of public funds and financial performance

The Secretary of State is looking to appoint three Council members to serve for a term of three years, two vacancies are for people with employer, and one vacancy is for an independent member.

Person Specification

Employer Council Member Role

Candidates for the employer roles should have an understanding of issues facing employers/businesses in the UK. Candidates are expected to hold a senior leadership position with an employer. Candidates must demonstrate clear business acumen and experience of having led strategic change of issues facing employers in the workplace. For this role the ACAS are seeking candidates who meet the following essential and desirable criteria. 

Independent Council Member Role

For the independent member (neither an employer nor employee representative) we are looking for people who have a demonstrable track record in understanding of the labour market issues, employment relations or workplace good practice. For this role the ACAS are seeking candidates who meet the following essential and desirable criteria.

Essential criteria for employer and independent member roles

  • Ability to work at senior leadership level
  • Strategic thinking in an organisational context
  • Ability to contribute to consensus decision making on complex issues while maintaining independence of mind
  • An understanding of issues relating to employment relations and good workplace practice.
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Personal Commitment to improving workplace relations practice and effectiveness


  •  A solid understanding of corporate governance, financial control and reporting, performance and delivery.

Additional Information

Terms of Appointment: The appointments are for an initial term of three years with the possibility of reappointment for a second term, subject to satisfactory performance appraisals and ministerial approval.

Time Commitment: The time commitment is on average 2 days per month with at least 6 Council meetings per year. Part of this commitment includes attendance at an external planning and review event and members are also expected to attend other sub-committees as required. Sub-committees meet at least three times a year. In addition to attendance at these meetings, Council members are expected to participate in sub-groups which advise on the production of new codes of practice and employment relations guidance issued by ACAS.

Security Clearance: Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS) is required.

BEIS offer professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.


How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to

A Covering Letter


Candidate Application Form

Diversity form

Please ensure that you include “ACAS NED – Employer, or Independent Role” in the subject box.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor  ‑ Spur 2, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

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