Forestry Commission England- Non-Executive Commissioners

Body: Forestry Commission England (FC)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Around the country and principal offices in Bristol
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: Up to 5
Remuneration: Daily rate of £409. Reasonable travel expenses also paid. Non-pensionable.
Time Requirements: Up to 30 days per year. This will increase to 36 days per year for the Commissioner who chairs the Forest Services Board.


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

Defra Ministers have appointed three new Non-Executive Commissioners to Forestry Commission.

Jennie Price CBE, Peter Latham OBE and Liz Philip have been appointed for three years commencing on 1 April 2019.

Appointable candidates met Ministers 17 – 23 January 2019.

Appointments to Forestry Commission are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The appointments comply with the Ministerial Code of Governance on Public Appointments. There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be declared. All three appointees have declared that they have not taken part in any political activity in the past five years.

Date: 01/04/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    15 August 2018

  • Closed for Applications

    09 October 2018

  • Panel Sift

    By 25 October 2018

  • Final Interview Date

    19 and 30 November 2018

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Forestry Commission (FC) Board of Commissioners will play an important role in the FC’s delivery. It will set the strategic direction, provide leadership for FC activities and direct the executive in the conduct of business; and allocate resources required to meet the FC’s objectives.

The Board will have an important role in overseeing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the FC’s strategy and objectives, building effective strategic partnerships to support the organisation and its aims. It will promote good governance and sound decision making across the organisation.

Board members will work collaboratively, contributing effectively and constructively challenging group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals. The Board will formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way, and ensure that communication with stakeholders is transparent and effective.

Board members will represent the FC and its values at external events and engage with local teams to help support and promote the work of the FC at an operational level.

Commissioners are appointed to the Forestry Commission Board by the Queen on the recommendation of Defra Ministers and have a legal duty under the 1967 Forestry Act to promote the interests of forestry, the development of afforestation and the production and supply of timber. In doing this, they are required to seek a reasonable balance between the production and supply of timber and the interests of conservation. In promoting the multiple benefits of forestry, they are also required to seek to take careful account of the needs and wishes of local communities.

Person Specification

To meet the particular requirements of the FC we need individuals with expertise, passion and a successful track record in one or more of: the timber trade; finance skills; forestry and land management; community engagement; recreation and leisure markets; and customers and markets in relation to land management.

The successful candidates must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
1. An enthusiasm for and genuine interest in the work delivered by the Forestry Commission and support of its purpose, values and strategic direction.

2. Sound knowledge and expertise in good governance at senior levels in a large organisation in either the private or public sector, and/or an understanding of working with government.

3. Exceptional communication skills, high level of personal impact and the ability to provide constructive and independent leadership, challenge and support to the Board of a complex organisation.

4. Demonstrable ability to support an organisation through a period of significant operational and cultural change.

Additional Information

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

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to by the deadline of 15:00 on 09 October 2018.

• a CV of no more than two sides of A4;

• a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the essential criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document and provide specific examples;

• please indicate if you would be interested in chairing the Board of Forest Services;

• e-mail addresses for two referees;

• completed diversity monitoring form;

• completed conflicts of interest, conduct and political activity monitoring form (please note section on Conflicts of interest and due diligence below)

1_FC advert
2_ FC candidate pack
3_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity)
4_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity)
5_Public Appointments Guidance notes
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