Chair - Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales

Body: Independent Remuneration Panel
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Meetings are virtual and held across Wales
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £337 per day. The Chair is also entitled to travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.
Time Requirements: 2 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/10/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of setting the range and level of payments for:

  • Members of county and county borough councils
  • Members of town and community councils
  • Members of national park authorities
  • Members of fire and rescue authorities

Role and responsibilities

The Panel is required to produce an annual report, which will prescribe the payments and allowances for councillors and members of the organisations listed above. The Panel must produce an Annual Report and may produce Supplementary Reports at any time that it considers necessary. In preparing its reports the Panel is required to take into account the likely financial impact of its decisions on the authority or authorities in question. Panel members also consider any proposed changes to the salary of the chief executive of county and county borough councils, as and when required.


Chairs role description

  • To set the strategic direction in respect of the remuneration of local councillors and members of the NPA and the FRA. To ensure the work of the Panel is set within this overall strategy.
  • Leadership skills – Including chairing meetings and setting standards for the effective operation of the Panel and the timely completion of reports.
  • Develop a strategic approach to engagement with individuals and representatives of the bodies for which the Panel has responsibility for determining remuneration levels.
  • Ensuring the public is aware of the role of the Panel and how they can contribute to work of the Panel.
  • Ensure the work of the Panel is transparent and open to public scrutiny and debate.
  • Attendance at Panel meetings and other stake holder meetings with senior officials
  • Ensuring value for money approach to the Financial and resource management of Panel resources.
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to challenge constructively both within the Panel   externally with stakeholders
  • Identification of a research programme to support the development of determinations of the Panel. To consider the outcome of the research, analyse the results and communicate how that evidence supports the Panels decisions.
  • Contribution to policy development – including the preparation of discussion papers / report writing.
  • Understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

All Candidates should show evidence of:

  • Ensure the Panel adheres to the Nolan seven principles of public life, demonstrates commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices and working in a politically neutral way in discharging its responsibilities.
  • Providing vision and strategic leadership including a proven record of delivering against objectives within appropriate timescales
  • Strong interpersonal skills  including the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence
  • Ability to build good working relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and others including effective management of meetings and other key events;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to individuals ranging from members of the public to senior leaders
  • Ability to identify and manage a research programme, consider and analyse  evidence from a wide range of sources and reach decisions based upon that evidence  which are both fair, reasonable and appropriate
  • An understanding of the importance of local democracy and public service.

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.


Desirable criteria for the Chair role

  • Ability to understand and speak Welsh

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 Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales and the role of Chair please contact Leighton Jones, Local Government Democracy Division:

Tel: 0300 025 3038



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For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit Public Appointments

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