Board member – National Park Authorities and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards

Announced
Body: Various: Broads Authority, Dartmoor National Park Authority, Lake District National Park Authority, New Forest National Park Authority, Northumberland National Park Authority, North York Moors National Park Authority, Peak District National Park Authority, Chilterns AONB Conservation Board, Cotswolds AONB Conservation Board
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various – Broads, Cotswolds, Chilterns, Dartmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District
Number of Vacancies: 14 Board member vacancies as follows: Broads Authority 1, Dartmoor NPA 2, Lake District NPA 1, New Forest NPA 2, Northumberland NPA 2, North York Moors NPA 1, Peak District NPA 2. AONB Conservation Board: Chilterns CB 1, Cotswolds CB 2
Remuneration: These positions are non-salaried but certain allowances are available if needed. These allowances range between £240 - £3000 per annum depending on the National Park Authority or AONB Conservation Board – full details are in the candidate pack
Time Requirements: 1 – 4 days per month depending on the National Park Authority or AONB Conservation Board - full details are in the candidate pack

Announcement

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

Date: 04/10/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    22/02/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    22/03/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    10 - 12 April

  • Final Interview Date

    06/06/2017

  • Announcement

    04/10/2017 at 12:00

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The overall role of Secretary of State members is to contribute to the leadership, scrutiny and direction of the National Park Authority/ Conservation Board and further the statutory purposes of the Parks/ AONBs. Secretary of State Members are not representative of any organisation or group and have a duty to act in the best interest of Authority/ Conservation Board on which they serve. Certain ineligibility criteria apply to these posts.

The key functions of a Secretary of State member are to:
• Be collectively responsible, with other members, for decisions and ensure the National Park Authority/ AONB Conservation Board furthers its statutory purposes;

• Contribute towards the overall strategic direction of the National Park Authority/AONB Conservation Board through the development of policy, business plans and participation in the activities of Meetings, Committees and Working Groups;

• Scrutinise independently the workings and policies of the National Park Authority/ AONB Conservation Board;

• Approve and monitor programmes to implement the National Park Authority/ AONB Conservation Board policies and plans;

• Influence the National Park Authority/ AONB Conservation Board to help it come to informed and balanced decisions;

• Contribute knowledge and skills and provide advice from the national and local perspective which benefits the National Park Authority/ AONB Conservation Board

Person Specification

Essential generic criteria for Secretary of State members:

• Understanding of, and genuine commitment to, the National Park/Conservation Board statutory purposes including how it fosters economic and social well-being within local communities.

• Ability to think strategically and provide advice and challenge in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions and take account of interests at both the national and local level.

• Ability to act as an ambassador, championing these protected landscapes and their communities. Engaging and influencing a diverse network of contacts and working collaboratively with all who are responsible for managing the land.

Essential Park/AONB specific criteria:

Broads Authority

• Understanding of natural environment issues including nature conservation and biodiversity.

Chilterns AONB Conservation Board
• Ability to engage and make links with businesses to develop the AONB’s commercial potential.

Cotswolds AONB Conservation Board

Two posts available. Candidates should satisfy one of the following local criteria:

• Communications skills with an emphasis on on-line/social media communication.

Or
• Expertise in fundraising and sponsorship

Dartmoor National Park Authority

Two posts available. Candidates should satisfy one of the following local criteria:

• Ability to engage and make links with businesses to develop the National Park’s commercial potential.

Or
• Enthusiasm for and an understanding of working with young people to help them enjoy and understand the National Park.

Peak District

Two posts available. Candidates should satisfy one of the following local criteria:

• Ability to engage and make links with businesses to develop the Park’s commercial potential.

Or
• Expertise in fund raising and sponsorship

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented on the Board.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

• a CV of no more than two sides of A4

• a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4. It should clearly set out which National Park/AONB you are applying to, confirm that the ineligibility criteria do not apply to you, explain how you meet each essential generic criteria and if applicable how you meet any essential Park/AONB specific criteria relevant to the vacancy you are applying for. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet the relevant criteria and make sure you refer to the contents of the Briefing Pack for Applicants and the Public Appointments Guidance Notes for Applicants.

• details of two referees, including their email address and telephone number

• both monitoring forms

If you have any questions about the appointments process please contact Kate Fouracre, Public Appointments Team on 0208 0266757 or publicappts@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Attachments
1_Advert
2_ Candidate information pack
3_ Public Appointments Guidance notes
4_ Monitoring form (1)
5_ Monitoring form (2)
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