Chair - Local Democracy & Boundary Commission for Wales

Body: Local Democracy & Boundary Commission for Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Regulation
Location: The Commission’s meetings are usually held at its offices at Hastings House, Cardiff, but there may be occasions when meetings are required throughout Wales.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post of chair will be paid at £268.91 per full day, £134.46 half day
Time Requirements: 1 - 2 days per month


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

New Chair for the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales appointed

Date: 17/12/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    29/05/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Function of Body

The Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales  is an independent Welsh Government Sponsored Body. It was established under the Local Democracy (Wales) Act 2013 with the main purpose of publishing a programme of work which keeps under review the electoral arrangements for the 22 principal councils.

The Commission makes electoral review recommendations to the Welsh Government, which it feels are in the interest of effective and convenient local government.

The work of the Commission involves taking into account the demography and infrastructure of localities, the views of all interested parties, and formulating proposals to keep or alter existing boundaries in the interests of effective and convenient local government.  This work will also involve attending and addressing public meetings and visiting the locality under review.

The current budget of the Commission for the financial year 2019/20 is £890,000.


Role description

The appointed chair will provide leadership for the Commissioners and secretariat. will also line manage the Commission’s Chief Executive.

The Chair will also lead the way in terms of the Commission’s role in meeting Welsh Language standards, equalities duties, sustainable development and partnership working.



Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the following qualities and skills to meet all the essential criteria for appointment listed below.

Candidates should:

  • Be highly-skilled in leading a small team to deliver a programme of work on time and to a high standards;
  • be able to demonstrate commitment to managing budgets effectively and efficiently within the framework of ‘Managing Welsh Public Money’;
  • be able to work both independently and as part of a small team;
  • be able to evaluate information and come to a reasoned conclusion;
  • be skilled in communication and negotiation;
  • be able to take an independent, evenly balanced view and demonstrate political neutrality;
  • be able to demonstrate proven skills in chairing meetings/panels;
  • have a clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices; and
  • have a clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

Welsh Language

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.


  • Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding
  • Can write basic messages on everyday topics
  • Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
  • Can hold simple work-related conversations

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team, Public Bodies Unit, Welsh Government



For information about the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wale,please contact:

Shereen Williams

Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales

Tel: 02921 052501


How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 616095 or

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