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

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


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