Appointment of a Chair of the Research and Innovation Committee /Deputy Chair of the Board for the Commission for Tertiary Education & Research (CTER)

Body: Research and Innovation Committee & Commission for Tertiary Education & Research
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: Wales
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The post of RIC Chair is remunerated at £366 per day. There will be a scheme to reimburse subsistence expenses, and other expenses necessarily incurred on business. This scheme will be approved by Ministers. You will be entitled to claim travel and other reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out work on the in accordance with this scheme. You may also be eligible to claim reimbursement for costs in relation to childcare/care of the elderly/assistant carer, whilst carrying out work on behalf of the Body. This position is not pensionable
Time Requirements: 4 days a Month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/09/2022 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The successful post holder will Chair the Research and Innovation Committee (RIC)
and deputise for the chair of the CTER Board.
As Chair of the RIC, the post holder will lead on advising CTER on the exercise of its
research and innovation functions.

The Deputy Chair of the CTER Board will contribute to the transition implementation
arrangements required to establish the new organisation by no later than April 2024.
They will be accountable to the Chair and be responsible for informing decisions and
delivery concerning CTER’s establishment. The Deputy Chair will ensure that
authoritative and timely advice is provided to the Welsh Government Ministers via
officials and will provide feedback to the sectors.

The post holder will:
 Lead the Research and Innovation (RIC) Committee in setting the strategic
direction for the Commission’s research and innovation functions
 Chair and facilitate RIC Committee meetings, determining the agenda and
approving the minutes before they are circulated to members
 Ensure the business of the Committee is carried out in an efficient and
effective manner
 Encourage all members of the Committee to work collaboratively, and seek to
build consensus amongst them
 Act fairly and impartially at all times in the interests of CTER, maintaining
confidentiality as appropriate
 Ensure appropriate governance arrangements for the Committee are
established and implemented to deliver the legal responsibilities, functions and
duties placed on the Commission by Statute
 Ensuring that the Committee acts within its agreed terms of reference
 Ensure that any conflict of interest is identified and managed appropriately to
ensure the integrity of the Committee is maintained at all times
 Promote high standards of public finance; upholding the principles of
regularity, propriety and value for money; ensure appropriate governance
arrangements are established and implemented to deliver the legal
responsibilities, functions and duties placed on the body by Statute
 Deputise for the Chair in facilitating CTER Board meetings, determining the
agenda and approving the minutes
 Support the Chair in leading the CTER board in setting the strategic direction
for the Commission and assess and evaluate the development and delivery of
the organisation’s business strategy, plans and performance objectives as
 Key role in ensuring that all members of the Board have clear roles and
responsibilities with regards to the transition to CTER
 Contribute to the scoping of CTER’s vision, mission, and goals
 Build relationships with sector leaders
 Provide project representation at a senior level, engaging with key
stakeholders, across Wales, the UK and internationally

Person Specification

 A highly respected and inspirational senior leader and manager with proven
experience of driving forward the delivery of research and innovation
 Understanding of the Welsh, UK and international research environment in
either higher education, third or private sectors
 A well-developed knowledge and understanding of post compulsory education
and training (PCET)
 Excellent track record of engaging and inspiring stakeholders that demonstrates
an inclusive and collaborative approach including working in partnership with
staff representatives
 A track record of successfully managing complex and challenging relationships,
providing appropriate support as necessary and managing performance
A clear understanding and commitment to equality and diversity and a
willingness to challenge discriminatory practices
 An ability to demonstrate understanding of the commitments of a public role, as
defined in Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life
 An ability to challenge current thinking and test opinion, with an openness to
be challenged and encourage open debate to reach better decisions

 Experience of working on university research policy and knowledge exchange
functions and funding
 Experience of research development and innovation funding and the split of
provision from Welsh Government and UK Government
 The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh. If you do not have
such skills, you should be willing to make a commitment to learn on
appointment. Training including individual support and coaching will be

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