British Wool Marketing Board - Non-Executive Directors

Body: British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Bradford
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £9,200 per annum on the basis of 2.5 days per month
Time Requirements: On average 8-9 meetings a year which will be of 1-2 days’ duration.


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

Jonathan Lea Simon Rys Davies appointed on 1 October 2019 as non-executive members of the British Wool Marketing Board.

Date: 01/10/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/07/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Two exciting opportunities have arisen to join the British Wool Marketing Board as a Non-Executive Director. The Board provides top level strategy and oversight of the operation of British Wool.

Collecting wool from circa 40,000 registered producers and selling circa 30 million kg of British wool per annum, British Wool is based in Bradford with wool depots throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

British Wool was established in 1950 to operate a central marketing system for UK fleece wool, and helps provide UK wool producers with a sustainable, stable and profitable market for British wool within a global textile industry.

British Wool is looking for:

Post 1: An experienced and senior business leader with a proven track record of success in leading business wide IT design, planning and implementation who will also act as a valuable sounding board and adviser to the management team in terms of its strategic and tactical IT options.

Post 2: A qualified FCA with a proven track record of success in a senior finance role with strong governance experience who will also act as a valuable sounding board and adviser to the management team in terms of challenge to British Wool’s financial reporting and the integrity of its results.

Person Specification

Both posts will require the successful candidate to demonstrate the following essential skills:

• Strong strategic thinker, able to act as a sounding board for the management team.

• Strong commercial acumen combined with either excellent IT skills (post 1) or excellent financial skills (post 2).

• Good management experience at leading medium and long term change.

• Strong interpersonal skills, ability to engage effectively with fellow Board members and to represent the Board’s views to Government and stakeholders.

• The ability to think analytically and creatively, put forward views clearly and cogently and contribute effectively to the formulation of advice, particularly in relation to IT strategic development (post 1) or financial governance (post 2).

• For post 1 the ability to demonstrate IT expertise at Board level including managing IT programmes, implementation of programmes, governance and risk.

• For post 2 a professionally qualified FCA with experience as a non-executive director who is technically up to date, resilient and has a pragmatic approach.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)
• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Friday, 12 July 2019.
Email to quoting reference APPT01-19 .

For further information please email:

1_BWMB -Advert
2_Candidate Pack
3_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity)
4_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity)
5_Public Appointments Guidance notes
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