Big Lottery Fund Board Members x 2

Body: Big Lottery Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Board meetings take place in London and another location in the UK at least once a year; therefore, some travel is required to attend meetings across the UK.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £7,848 per annum. The role is not pensionable. Reasonable expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is looking to appoint two new members to its Board.  It is seeking individuals with leadership experience in civil society and/or the funding world. Additionally the Board would like to strengthen its digital skills and to achieve greater diversity

The BLF is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It distributes money raised by National Lottery players and fund projects and activities that make communities stronger and more vibrant, and that are led by the people who live in them. In 2017/18 it awarded over £500 million, and 90% of grants were under £10,000.

The BLF is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead.

Policy responsibility for the BLF, including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Person Specification

DearFor all Board members the following essential criteria is required:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Strategic contribution – ability and skill to contribute effectively to the development of the Big Lottery Fund’s Strategic Framework;
  • Governance – demonstrable ability to work on a Board or Committee;
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders and effectively representing the Big Lottery Fund;
  • Personal and operational integrity;
  • Clear understanding and commitment to the principles of People in the Lead;
  • Sector knowledge/experience – deep knowledge and experience of and commitment to civil society and civil society organisations, their value and social impact.

Experience in one or several of the following fields would be desirable:

  • Digital experience and expertise;
  • Experience and expertise in the field of communication and engagement;
  • Experience of operating in a Non Departmental Public Body environment

We are very keen to broaden the geographic base of our Board outside London, and to increase the Board’s diversity.

To complement the skills and experience of the existing members of its Board, the BLF is specifically looking to appoint:

Member 1

An individual with significant experience of the funding world, preferably in the civil society field.

Member 2

An individual with significant experience of executive senior leadership in either the charity or community sector.

Additional Information

The appointment is for up to 4 years.  Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

BLF SoS Letter
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
Conflicts of interest guidance (3)
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
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