Civil Service Pension Board and Scheme Advisory Board Non-Executive Board Member

Body: Civil Service Pension Board and Scheme Advisory Board
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: Minimum 2 maximum 4
Remuneration: Range of £10,000 to £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Approximately 10 to 15 days per year

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Assessment Panel

  • Margaret Edwards Added 16/09/2020

    Panel Chair

    Non-Executive Board Chair of CSPB • Representative of Organisation

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  • Debra Soper Added 16/09/2020

    Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer Civil Service HR • Departmental Official

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  • Dominic Arthur Added 16/09/2020

    Director Pensions and Government Recruitment Services • Departmental Official

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  • Matt Thurstan Added 16/09/2020

    Chief Financial Officer at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The role of the Non- Executive Board Member (NEBM) is to provide professional expertise, challenge and direction to the CSPB/SAB while observing the responsibilities under the Public Service Pension Scheme Act 2013 (PSPA13) and the Code of Practice issued by the Pensions Regulator.

NEBMs will play an important part in the governance, administration and formulation of policy of the Civil Service pension arrangements.  Scheme members, employers and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, as the Scheme Manager, rely on the Boards for advice and support.  NEBMs play a vital role in bringing an independent perspective to the Boards in addition to specific knowledge and skills from the private sector.

The issues that the NEBMs will consider may at times be sensitive and complex, they will need to carry out their duties with the utmost care and attention, adhering to strict confidentiality rules.

The NEBMs role will be to work closely in assisting the Scheme Manager and the Cabinet Office with the management of the scheme.  They will support the appropriate Board chair who will lead the Board in providing constructive challenge and advice to the Cabinet Office and on occasion to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. This may involve leading a subgroup as directed by the chair for specific tasks.

The Boards will assist the Cabinet Office through constructive challenge in respect of:

  • The administration of both the defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements to make sure members of the schemes value and understand their benefits and are actively planning for their retirement.
  • Securing compliance with the scheme regulations and other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the Civil Service pension arrangements;
  • Securing compliance with requirements imposed in relation to the Civil Service pension arrangements by the Pensions Regulator;
  • Ensuring any breach of duty is considered and followed under procedures for reporting to the Pensions Regulator and to the Scheme Manager
  • Influencing the behaviours of all parties, including employers and administrators in pursuit of the successful delivery of the Civil Service pension arrangements.

NEBMs should be able to use their specialist skills, knowledge and experience to help the Board carry out its business effectively.  They will be required to scrutinise board papers, lead discussions, focus on key issues, and provide advice and guidance to other Board members. Non-Executive Members have a duty to uphold the highest standards of integrity and probity and to foster good relations.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills – able to collaborate effectively champion diversity and difference; accept collective responsibility and challenge appropriately;
  • Experience in developing and implementing change for complex issues taking into account all relevant factors to reach practical workable solutions.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, efficiency and innovation
  • The capacity to bring a fresh, external view to decision-making and independence of judgment;
  • A professional track record of personal achievement at a senior level in turning complex projects around;
  • Ability to analyse complex information, understand options presented and provide constructive feedback seek clarity as required.

Additionally, post holders will demonstrate experience and appreciation of the points below.

  Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in public or private reward schemes, with knowledge of the pension sector being an advantage and an understanding of how government works
  • An understanding of policy and public accountability, sound judgement and awareness of political sensitivities.

Additional Information

Opportunity to appoint an experienced and highly skilled professional to join both boards.

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