Big Lottery Fund Board Members x 2

Body: Big Lottery Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: 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.


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

The Secretary of State has appointed Emma Boggis and Danielle Palmour as Board Members of the National Lottery Community Fund, each for a for a term of four years commencing on 11 February 2019.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    27/02/2019 at 10:00


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.

How to Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a CV of no more than two pages setting out details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards, accompanied by a supporting statement, also of up to two pages which sets out how you meet the essential criteria of the role.

Applications should be submitted by 11pm on 15 October 2018.

You should also complete the conflict of interest and political activity/diversity monitoring information, which will be kept separately from the main form and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Please return your completed applications to with ‘Big Lottery Fund Application’ in the subject line or by post to: Public Appointments Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ. Any queries relating to the public appointments process can also be directed to:

DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy.  Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, and these appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.  More details, including the regulations that appointing bodies are required to follow, are available at the OCPA website:

The Law places certain restrictions on becoming a charity trustee. These are set out in Section 3.1 of the Charity Commission Essential Trustee Guidance:

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
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
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