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

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