Independent Board members

Body: Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, International, Science & Technology
Location: Peterborough
Skills required: Business / Commercial, International Experience, Legal / Judicial, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £9,836 per annum
Time Requirements: 2.5 days per month


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

The Government has appointed Professor Melanie Austen, Charles Banner and Professor Marian Scott as Independent Members of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The appointments took effect from 15 December 2017 for three years.

Date: 18/12/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/09/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Independent members of the Joint Committee contribute to the Committee’s work in providing UK Government and the Devolved Administrations with effective support for their evidence needs and policies for nature conservation across the UK and internationally. Independent members need to understand the natural environment and its vital importance to everyone including its contribution to improving outcomes for the economy and for society on a sustainable basis. This will include an understanding on the latest thinking and implementation around natural capital and natural resource management.

In light of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union independent members will need to develop, or have, an understanding of the key EU institutions in relation to nature conservation and the relevant EU conservation legislation, as well as the ability to identify the opportunities exiting the EU will provide the JNCC.

Independent members need to promote a positive and constructive relationship with a wide range of stakeholders including Defra, Devolved Administrations, the UK Country Nature Conservation Bodies and other public bodies operating in the environmental field, other Government Departments and EU and international institutions, in addition to the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and a wide range of non-government organisations and other interest groups both within the UK and internationally.

Independent members also provide a valuable source of expertise to ensure that the scientific methods and approaches underpinning JNCC’s advice and evidence are robust and appropriate for the needs of customers. Members also take a longer term strategic view to position the organisation to make optimal use of modern technological, computational and scientific advances including the social sciences. Given the breadth of JNCC’s work in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, these include but are not restricted to advances in data and IT, modelling and statistics, earth observation and remote sensing. An understanding on the latest thinking and implementation around natural capital, ecosystem services and natural resource management is important.

The JNCC is accountable to the four government administrations in the UK. It is important for independent members, together with country conservation body representatives, to develop an understanding of legislative and policy changes associated with EU exit and the associated opportunities and challenges these bring to nature conservation for the UK.

Committee members must abide by the Nolan principles of public service.

Person Specification

Generic criteria: you should demonstrate all of the following criteria:

  • Knowledge and expertise in a field relevant to the work of JNCC (e.g. natural, environmental, social, terrestrial and marine sciences);
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to provide strategic oversight, impartial advice and constructive challenge to ensure that JNCC provides high-quality, cost-effective evidence and advice to government and other customers;
  • A collaborative style, able to command the confidence of Ministers in the UK and Devolved Administrations, fellow Board members, Executive Directors and other employees of JNCC and stakeholders across a range of sectors; and
  • Knowledge of organisational transformation, change management and financial governance in the private, public or voluntary sector.

Specific criteria: you should also demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

  • Marine conservation and management: the ability to make substantial contributions to JNCC work related to nature conservation in marine environments.
  • UK, EU and international legislation: the ability to provide advice on the opportunities and challenges for UK and international nature conservation presented by EU exit.
  • Data management and information technology: the ability to provide advice on the integration, analysis, curation and communication of data related to nature conservation including making use of modern methods.
  • Business development: the ability to advise on identifying and managing diversification of income for JNCC while continuing to maintain a high quality service to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations.

Additional Information

Appointments are normally for up to three years

How to Apply

Candidates should submit:

  • A CV (maximum 2 sides A4) with education, professional qualifications and employment history.
  • A statement of suitability (maximum 2 sides A4) setting out how you meet the essential criteria. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria.
  • Diversity monitoring form
  • Conflicts of interest and political activity monitoring form
  • Contact details (including email addresses) for two referees.
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