Chair of the Youth Justice Board

Body: Youth Justice Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: The role is based in London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £400 per day
Time Requirements: 2 days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    02/10/2019 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the Chair

  • The Chair has the overall responsibility for ensuring that the YJB properly discharges its statutory functions.
  • The Chair is responsible for the appraisal of the Board members and the Chief Executive. With support from the Chief Executive, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that Board members fully understand their duties and responsibilities as public appointees.
  • Provide leadership for the YJB in setting priorities and supporting whole system improvement. The Board’s plans are set out in their Business and Strategic Plans.
  • Hold the organisation to account in delivering its objectives; support whole system performance which reflects that those within the system are children.
  • Support the Chief Executive as Accounting Officer to ensure that the organisation complies with the principles of good corporate governance and the requirements for the use of public funds.
  • Work in partnership with the MoJ and other parts of Government and the Public Sector as appropriate, representing the views of the YJB and wider youth justice system when advising Ministers on the operation of that system, and in parliamentary committees and to the press and the wider public.
  • Be innovative in your thinking to bring about positive change in the context of constrained funding, and particularly in promoting an efficient use of resources.
  • Chair YJB Board and other strategic meetings; manage and lead the Board; gain respect amongst Board members and facilitate constructive discussions which bring together the full range of experience represented on the Board.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • Outstanding organisational leadership, setting strategic direction and successfully balancing competing priorities;
  • An ability to scrutinise, interpret and challenge complex and challenging information with integrity and to offer well developed judgement based on evidence;
  • Highly developed inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to command confidence and build and maintain successful working relationships and partnerships with stakeholders and the media, and deliver difficult and challenging messages credibly;
  • Evidence of valuing and promoting diversity; and
  • A strong commitment to helping young people achieve their potential, and supporting children who have offended to get their lives back on track.

Desirable criteria:

Experience of one or more of the following areas:

  • Working in the voluntary and community sector with a firm understanding of the needs of disadvantaged young people;
  • Working at a senior level in the public sector delivering services to children and young people;
  • Senior business private sector experience in delivering public services and / or securing efficiency savings whilst improving outcomes;
  • Academic or opinion-former specialising in youth justice; and
  • Advocating or representing the voice and needs of children and young people.


  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.
  • You should not be employed in the UK civil service.

Additional Information


Public appointments are offered on a fixed term basis.

We do this to ensure that the leadership of our public bodies is regularly refreshed and Youth Justice Board can benefit from new perspectives and ideas.

The appointment will run for three years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers. In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, there is a strong presumption that no individual should serve more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years. The start date is expected to be March 2020.


The remuneration for this post is £400 per day, with the time commitment of 2 days per week. Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. The role is not pensionable and your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension – any queries you may have about how this may affect you, will need to be taken up by you with your pension provider.

Location and Expenses:

The post-holder will be based at the YJB offices at Clive House, 70 Petty France London. Travelling expenses will be payable for journeys from home to the base YJB office, including travelling and subsistence allowances when the Chair is required to travel, and/or stay away overnight in the course of their duties, on the same basis that is applicable to senior civil servants.

Performance Appraisal

Performance of the Board, for which the Chair is responsible, will be assessed annually. Arrangements will be agreed on appointment.

Standards in Public Life: Public appointees are required to uphold the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Seven Principles of Public Life (see Appendix 1). You are also expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct for board members of public bodies.

How to Apply

To make an application, please send:

  • A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
  • A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post, including evidence of leadership qualities and a vision for the organisation. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.
  • Guidance on how to write a successful application is provided at (Appendix 2).

Supporting Documents

Please also complete and return the following attached supporting documents:

  • potential conflicts of interest: If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of Youth Justice Board and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your supporting documents.
  • Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media. The Advisory Assessment Panel may explore any issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated.
  • Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners.       If you need further advice, please contact Anna Payne at
  • note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
  • referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • the political activity declaration form – In line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
  • the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidential and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.


Please send your CV, personal statement and supporting documents to: quoting reference PAT150076 in the subject line of your email. We will acknowledge receipt.


Conflicts of Interest, Reference and Declaration Form
Diversity Monitoring form
YJB Chair 2019 Candidate Infomation Pack
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