Chair - Centre for Digital Public Services

Body: Centre for Digital Public Services
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Science & Technology
Skills required: IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £256 per day plus travel. Other reasonable expenses that might be incurred in carrying out work on behalf of CDPS may also be claimed
Time Requirements: 2 days a month
Closing Date: 28/02/2022 16:00

Vacancy Description

Role and responsibilities

The Chair will be accountable to the Deputy Minister for Climate Change for the
performance of the Board and its effective governance.

The Chair will:-
 set strategy, provide effective leadership and governance and ensure the
Board as a whole promotes CDPS;
 be an external advocate and champion for digital leadership and
 ensure the Board operates effectively in scrutinising and monitoring CDPS’
progress in delivering objectives and KPIs, providing challenge where
 ensure robust processes are in place to provide assurance on governance
matters and financial management and the proper use of public funds;
 provide regular updates to the Deputy Minister for Climate Change on CDPS’
 line manage the Chief Executive and conduct annual performance appraisals;
 have regard to relevant regulations, including the Companies Act 2006, the
UK Corporate Governance Code, relevant Welsh Government guidance on
corporate governance, the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public
Bodies and Managing Welsh Public Money;
 work closely with the Chair of any board sub-committee and keep abreast of
any matters arising;
 interact closely with the Chairs of other relevant organisations.

Person Specification

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

Essential Criteria

 evidence of strong leadership skills;
 experience of or ability to act as an effective Chair;
 experience of or a passion for digital transformation and a commitment to
improving public services;
 evidence of your commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion;
 good interpersonal skills and a willingness to challenge, where necessary;
 a commitment to promote the Nolan principles of public life.

Welsh Language

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing
bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and whilst Welsh language
skills are not essential for this role, applicants are expected to show an appreciation
of bilingualism and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming the Welsh
language. We welcome your application whatever your skills level.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. 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 Team on

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

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