Chair - Agricultural Advisory Body

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Typically meetings are held in Mid Wales
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £300 per day plus reasonable expenses
Time Requirements: Minimum 12 days a year


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

The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs has agreed the appointment of Nerys Llewelyn Jones as Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Panel.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    04/12/2020 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Panel Chair will provide strategic direction and oversight for the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales. Developing and maintaining a close relationship with the Minister and key members of the Welsh agricultural sector is a crucial part of the Chair’s role.
The Panel Chair need not be an expert in the field of agriculture, he or she must have senior level experience in the private, public or voluntary sector.
The Panel Chair will have the following strategic leadership responsibilities:

 Lead the formulation of the Panel’s strategy and business plans, monitoring in-year performance and examining change proposals with rigour to maintain delivery;
 Ensure issues are brought forward in a timely manner for effective resolution;
 Ensure that the Panel’s decisions are informed and fair, taking proper account of guidance provided by the Welsh Ministers and Welsh Government officials;
 Maintain a considered oversight to other developing policies within the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors both in Wales and other UK regions, ensuring any decisions being made by the Panel harmonise with the overarching strategic direction of government policy;
 Consult on draft proposals and ensure the Panel give due consideration to responses;
 Submit draft Orders to Welsh Ministers accompanied by a report setting out how and why the Panel arrived at their decisions, including consideration of available evidence, consultation responses and recommendations from stakeholder groups, other Government commissions and consultees;
 Remain accountable for the decisions made by the Panel and to monitor the effectiveness of the annual Agricultural Wages Order to ensure it remains fit for purpose as the agricultural industry adapts to change;
 Inform Welsh Ministers of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of the Panel or on the attainability of its targets, and determine the steps needed to deal with such changes;
 Negotiate and manage the Panel’s relationship with stakeholders;
 Represent the views of the Panel to agricultural employers, other appropriate bodies and the general public, including via the media;
 Assess the performance of Panel members on an annual basis, including when they are being considered for re-appointment to the Panel, or for appointment to another public body;
 Deliver high standards of regularity and propriety;
 Ensure that the Panel meets at regular intervals throughout the year.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria
- The ability to demonstrate vision, innovation and effective leadership skills to deliver positive outcomes;
- Evidence of analysing complex issues, including financial and economic information, to reach balanced and independent judgements;
- Excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to build consensus with Panel Members and strategic working relationships with all stakeholders, including, but not limited to Ministers and Government, employers, employees and the press and media;
- An understanding of or the ability to grasp issues surrounding employment policy, including wage rates, labour market and the impact on businesses and business competitiveness;
 – A commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices when appropriate;
- Understanding of financial and corporate governance issues at a Panel level.

Desirable Criteria
 – The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable but not essential. All candidates are expected to display an empathy towards the language;
 – An interest and/or knowledge of the agricultural industry;
 – An understanding of economics, particularly in relation to the labour market, would be an advantage.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit



For further information regarding the role of the Agricultural Advisory Panel and the roles Members please contact Ryan Davies, Agriculture – Sustainable Development Division

Tel: 07743 046673


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