Consumer Council for Water - Independent Board Members

Body: Consumer Council for Water (CCW)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: England and Wales
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Members are entitled to remuneration of £11,718 per annum. Fees will be paid into a nominated bank account by BACS transfer monthly in arrears. All remuneration relating to the appointment is taxable and PAYE in respect of income tax and National Insurance Contributions will be deducted at source
Time Requirements: The time commitment for the role is 3 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Non-Executive Director appointments to Consumer Council for Water

Four new non-executive directors – Bev Keogh, Jeff Halliwell, Rachel Onikosi and Lisa Tennant – have been appointed to the Consumer Council for Water Board.

he new appointments are based on a time commitment of three days per month and receive a remuneration rate of £11,718 per annum. The appointments started on 1 June 2021 and are for a period of four years.

The appointments have been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The Code requires for appointees’ political activities (if significant) to be declared. Bev Keogh, Jeff Halliwell and Lisa Tennant have not declared any significant political activity. Rachel Onikosi has held public office as a Labour Councillor for the Borough of Lewisham.

Date: 15/06/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/11/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 23 November 2020

  • Final Interview Date

    15 January 2021

  • Announcement

    15/06/2021 at 14:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint four Independent Members to the CCW Board. The primary role of CCW’s Independent Board Members is to contribute to the good governance of the organisation by bringing wide experience and critical detachment to the work of the Board.

All members of the CCW Board are appointed to carry out a national role. Board members responsibilities include:

• establishing the overall strategic direction of CCW;

• ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times;

• maintaining and continuing to improve positive relationships with key stakeholders;

• challenging water companies where appropriate on behalf of customers to ensure delivery of customer benefits whether financial and/or improvements in service;

• ensuring that the public body complies with any statutory or administrative requirements; and

• carrying out formal consumer case reviews for CCW as necessary.

Board Members will contribute to the work of the Board by:

• being familiar with, and keeping up to date with CCW’s work and strategic policies;

• participating in the business and decision making processes of the Board through active involvement in Board meetings, Committees, working and other groups.

Board Members take a lead role in an area of CCW’s strategic work or its campaigns and work closely with members of the Executive Team and employees in this area. Examples of lead areas include engagement and communication, vulnerable consumers and improving water regulation for consumers. The Essential Criteria section later in this document includes the ‘additional expertise’ that CCW is looking for from successful candidates to enhance and complement the Board’s existing strengths.

CCW’s Code of Governance sets out more details on the operation of the Board and its Committees and includes more detail on the role of Board Members.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

• A clear passion and enthusiasm for representing consumers and their interests, and for driving improvements in the service and value for money they experience;

• Strong analytical skills and the ability to think creatively and challenge constructively in a board setting across a range of issues including strategy, governance, operational delivery and finance;

• The ability to build collaborative relationships and command the confidence of fellow Board members, the CCW Executive Team as well as the organisation’s employees and stakeholders.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Monday 16 November 2020. Email to quoting reference APPT04-20.

For further information about the role please email:

1_Candidate pack
Candidate pack - Welsh
2_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Conduct)
3_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity and political activity form)
4_Public Appointments Guidance Notes
5_Public Appointments Privacy Notice
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