Appointment of Commissioners - Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Body: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings are normally held in Aberystwyth, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in Wales.
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £198 per day
Time Requirements: 10 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    17/01/2020 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    01/04/2020 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • Review the Organisation’s Operational Plan, taking account of work in progress, the directions contained in the Remit Letter from the Welsh Government and initiatives that originate within the Organisation;
  • Ensure that the governance of the Organisation complies with the requirements of the Framework document, and that the Organisation’s activities fall within the terms of the Royal Warrant;
  • Ensure that the performance required of the Organisation by the Welsh Government is attained and that a report is published annually on the Organisation’s activities;
  • Provide guidance and direction to the expert staff of the Organisation, and to monitor their work, in committee or individually;
  • Be directly involved in, and take responsibility for, the content of the specialist publications of the Organisation; and
  • Represent the Royal Commission and its interests when called upon to do so.

Commissioners are also expected to:

  • Have an understanding of the historic environment and its significance;
  • Have a clear vision on how the Royal Commission can continue to work with key partners to provide the best possible historic environment service for Wales;
  • Work as part of a high performing Board of Commissioners that carries out strong performance management, displays core team behaviours and values, constructively challenges and supports one another, and that continuously measures the achievements of the team against the Commission’s goals; and
  • Subscribe to and uphold the seven principles of public life (the “Nolan principles”).



Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria (divided up in ‘essential expertise’ and ‘essential personal skills’) for appointment.

Essential Criteria

The Royal Commission is committed to strengthening and diversifying its board, and so we are looking for two new Commissioners who will have significant expertise in one of the following areas:

  1. Architectural historian: Religious congregations in Wales are struggling to maintain their historic buildings; only around 30 per cent of Nonconformist chapels are still in use for active worship and many more places of worship will cease to be used for active worship over the next two decades. Closure on that scale will have serious consequences for Welsh heritage. In particular, the chapels of the dissenting, non-conformist and independent communities are most vulnerable to closure, along with the places of worship on non-Christian faiths, such as synagogues; their conversion to other uses usually entails the loss of their organs, pulpits, galleries and seating, stained glass, memorials and other furnishings, books and archives.


The Royal Commission is responding to this challenge in a number of ways. We have already created a database of some 6,453 chapels and made records of the most significant. We are about to embark on a survey of 20th-century places of worship in Wales. The Royal Commission is an active member of the various bodies that help congregations find alternative community uses for their places of worship and, along with Visit Wales, we are helping to develop the potential for faith and spiritual tourism as a means of earning income for places of worship in Wales. Above all, as the national body of architectural record, we are engaged in emergency recording of those places of worship most at threat through closures, ensuring that they, and their fixtures, fittings and stories, are preserved for posterity.

To support this work, we wish to recruit an architectural historian or archaeologist to the Royal Commission to help us prioritise our work and to advise the Commission on the most effective means of achieving our objectives as well as acting as an advocate for these key components of the historic landscape in Wales.


  1. Public policy: In return for grant-in-aid, the Royal Commission is required to align its work and key deliverables to the Welsh Government’s economic and social policies, which are spelled out in a number of high-level strategic documents and statutory provisions, including Prosperity for All, the Welsh Government’s plan for building resilient communities, increasing participation and inclusion in cultural and heritage activities, driving sustainable growth and combating climate change, and promoting good health and wellbeing. Together these policies set out an exciting vision for representing and celebrating the diversity of Wales’s communities, all within a framework that is consistent with the principles of sustainability and of supporting young people to make the most of their potential enshrined in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

To help us to align our activities with relevant Welsh Government objectives and to ensure that we are seen as a progressive organisation with these values at our core, we wish to recruit a Commissioner with experience in public policy and the heritage. You will pay a critical role in advising the Commission on appropriate activities and the kinds of initiative that a heritage body can undertake to support social, economic and wellbeing aims. You will also help us to foster links with political stakeholders and decision makers and act as an advocate for the Commission’s achievements, so that we are valued and esteemed as an organisation that leads the field in progressive heritage policies.

Essential Personal Skills

Candidates will also need to demonstrate that they have:

  • Strong intellectual and analytical skills;
  • The ability to represent the Royal Commission in public and communicate effectively with key stakeholders;
  • An understanding of the diverse communities in Wales and a commitment to sharing the benefits of engagement with Welsh heritage;
  • The ability to collaborate effectively, and work with and through others to achieve objectives; and
  • The ability to bring fresh ideas to discussions on both strategic and practical issues.


Additional Information


For further information regarding the role of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the role of Commissioners, please contact:


Christopher Catling, the Secretary (CEO)

Tel: 01970 621 200


If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please email

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of Commissioners to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. There are two vacancies, each of which requires a specific area of expertise (described in the person specification). Each new Commissioner will play a leading role by providing constructive challenge across the business of the Royal Commission to ensure that all aspects of its strategy, direction and delivery are scrutinized for effectiveness and efficiency. The attached Annexes provide details on the role of the Commissioner and the person specification, the role and responsibilities of the Royal Commission and the selection process.
To make an application please visit the Welsh Government public appointment website:
To apply for this role, click on the ‘Commissioners – Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales’ vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form. To apply you will need to upload a personal statement and CV to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.
Personal Statement
The personal statement is your opportunity to 1) outline your interest in the role, 2) demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification, and 3) outline how you could contribute to the work of the Royal Commission. How you choose to present the information is up to you. However, you should aim to provide detailed examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria (divided up in ‘essential expertise’ and ‘essential personal skills’), and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result. It will also benefit the selection panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice.
Please limit your personal statement to two pages. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.
Please ensure your CV includes brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.
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