Chair to the NHS Pension Board

Body: NHS Pension Board
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sectors: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair is remunerated at £13,137 per annum for a time commitment of up to three days per month.
Time Requirements: Up to 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    21/11/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    11/12/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    17/01/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    12/02/2019

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Introduction

Ministers are seeking to appoint the Chair of the NHS Pension Board. They are looking to appoint a candidate with a strong working knowledge of public and private sector pension schemes. The successful candidate should have good communication skills and be able to devise strategies to promote the value of the scheme as part of the NHS total reward offer, maximising its impact as a recruitment and retention lever. Candidates should be able to understand and utilise the potential of technology to improve the efficiency of scheme administration and create value for employers.

Role and Responsibilities of the Chair

The Chair of the NHS Pension Board is appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who is responsible for the NHS Pension Scheme, and is accountable to the Secretary of State via a senior Departmental official for carrying out their duties and for their performance.

 

The Chair will:

• provide leadership, challenge, scrutiny and support to the Secretary of State, by ensuring that the NHS Pension Scheme is compliant with scheme regulations, relevant legislation and The Pensions Regulator’s public service schemes Code of Practice;

• work with the Board to provide on-going evaluation of the governance, delivery and monitoring mechanisms of the NHS Pension Scheme administration, and recommend improvements where required so that member and employer interests are safeguarded; and

• foster good working relationships with The Pensions Regulator, including the consideration of their annual report and provision of responses to its recommendations.

As Chair of the Board you will build, develop and improve the Board, providing guidance and leadership to all Board members, ensuring their effective induction, support and development and advising the Secretary of State on their performance.

 

 

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • A sound understanding of public and private sector pension schemes.

Relevance to the role: The Chair should be able to lead the objective assessment and scrutiny of transactional services, and offer different perspectives, constructive suggestions and improvement recommendations where appropriate. It should be expected that the successful candidate understands the operation of a defined benefit pension scheme and the responsibility of managing public money.

  • Strong communication skills and an understanding of how a pension offer fits in with the wider total reward offer made to staff, and an ability to gain the confidence of the Pension Board’s stakeholders and members, including the Department of Health and Social Care.

Relevance to the role: The Chair should be prepared to contribute to and drive strategies to communicate the value of the NHS Pension Scheme to employers and staff, maximising the impact of the scheme as a recruitment and retention lever.

  • Understand and be able to harness the potential of technology to drive efficiency, new ways of delivering the scheme and create value for employers.

Relevance to the role: The Chair must be able to work with the scheme administrator on their current agenda to use technology to improve flexibility of scheme administration; making it cheaper and more relevant.

  • The ability to be comfortable using authority in a board environment, and making decisions.

Relevance to the role: The Chair should be able to use authority and make decisions that take account of best practice, scheme regulations, relevant legislation and The Pensions Regulator’s public service schemes code of practice.

 

Additional Information

Body Role and Responsibilities

The NHS Pension Board was established from 1 April 2015. It exists to assist the scheme manager (Secretary of State) in securing compliance with all relevant pensions law, regulations and directions, as well as The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) codes of practice.

Main responsibilities:

  • overseeing assurance and governance of the administration of the NHS Pension Schemes, including compliance with The Pensions Regulator’s codes of practice
  • ensuring the scheme administrator supports employers to effectively communicate the benefits to members of the NHS Pension Scheme and fully utilise it as part of the NHS total reward offer
  • ensuring the scheme administrator supports members to improve their understanding of their pension benefits as part of the total reward offer, and to inform their personal financial and career planning
  • supporting effective implementation of the Employers Charter
  • consideration of the annual report from The Pensions Regulator, including any responses to recommendations
  • produce an annual report that summarises the work of the Board

 

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of the Chair to the NHS Pension Board.

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to:

appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: PEN18-15 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

George Hilton, Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on 11 December 2018.

 

Attachments
PEN18-15 Candidate Info Pack (FINAL)
PEN18-15 Advert (FINAL)
DHSC diversity & monitoring
GIS Form

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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