Independent Chair - Regulatory Board for Wales

Body: Regulatory Board for Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Communities
Location: RBW business is conducted in various venues across Wales, frequently the offices of Housing Associations.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £256 per day
Time Requirements: 24 days per annum
Closing Date: 25/10/2019 16:00
Interviews: 05/12/2019

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Regulatory Board for Wales was established in 2016.  The fully-constituted Board comprises six independent members plus the Chair. The Board provides advice to Welsh Ministers and is responsible for overseeing Welsh Government regulation of Housing Associations in Wales and providing related advice to the Minister.

The Welsh Government is seeking to appoint a new Chair to the Regulatory Board for Wales.  This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Board charged with advising the Welsh Government on housing policy and regulation.  The Chair will lead a strong Board which will contain a diverse range of skills related to the Housing sector.  As the leader of the Board, the Chair will both challenge the work of the Welsh Government’s Regulation team and provide strategic advice to the Minister on the current performance and future options of the housing association sector

 

The Independent Chair will:

  • provide leadership and strategic direction to the board;
  • contribute to setting up and inducting the new Board and helping to ensure its effectiveness;
  • take responsibility for the overall conduct of RBW Board and its functions;
  • ensure it meets high standards of probity and governance;
  • establish effective working relationships with the Secretariat and other relevant Welsh Government civil servants;
  • manage meetings effectively, encouraging participation and constructive challenge, seeking consensus, balancing the need for debates on issues with the requirement to carry forward the agenda;
  • ensure that the regulatory oversight provided by the Board is comprehensive, up to date and of a high quality;
  • provide clear and cogent advice to the Minister on the effectiveness of the Welsh Government’s regulatory role with respect to housing associations in Wales;
  • provide regular advice to the Minister on the health and performance of the housing association sector;
  • attend other appropriate meetings as requested; and
  • act as a spokesperson for the RBW.

The independent Chair will be appointed for a period of up to three years, renewable for a further three years, subject to performance review. The Chair (and Members) will be able to offer an authoritative view of the regulatory regime founded on their personal expertise, and will be expected to support the operation of the RBW through the provision of relevant sector information and intelligence. They will offer their views on issues relating to the role of the RBW falling within their remit, and contribute to discussions on issues requested by the Minister, or are agreed with the Minister, in relation to the Terms of Reference set out below

The Chair and Members will be entitled to remuneration based on agreed levels approved by the Welsh Government. In addition, appropriate expenses will be paid.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the following qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Communication skills

– an ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of fellow Board members and very senior key stakeholders, including Ministers and senior Government officials, through effective communication and influencing skills.

Intellectual flexibility

–         a sharp and clear thinker who can quickly grasp the key policy areas, issues and concerns within the Welsh housing association sector whilst
maintaining a focus on national policy interests;

–         sound understanding of the political framework in Wales and the ability to offer policy advice and guidance to Ministers and civil servants.

Analysis and interpretation

–         an ability to analyse and make judgements from complex data and research in order to improve the quality of the regulation of housing

associations, their performance and the benefits this brings to tenants, service users and the wider community.

 

High standards of corporate and personal conduct

–         a clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practice

–         a clear understanding of and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ and public service values;

–         an ability to act impartially and remain independent of the different interests represented on the RBW Board.

–         a commitment to inclusive leadership.

 

Desirable

–         an understanding of the social housing sector would be an advantage although not essential;

–         highly established chairing skills; the ability to lead on the induction of the new members of the Regulatory Board for Wales and comfort in
effectively working with a Board with diverse interests;

–         an ability to be independent of the different interests represented on the RBW and to be able to secure common ground, thus ensuring the
RBW is able to improve the quality of the regulation of housing associations, their performance and the benefits this brings to tenants, service
users and the wider community;

–         an ability to quickly grasp the key policy areas, issues and concerns within the Welsh housing association sector;

–         a sound understanding of the political framework in Wales and the ability to offer policy advice and guidance to Ministers;

–         undisputed personal integrity and credibility;

–         Whilst not essential, an understanding of the social housing sector would be an advantage.

Additional Information

Contacts:

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

 

Public Appointments

Public Bodies Unit

Welsh Government

Email: publicappointments@gov.wales

 

For further information regarding the role of the Regulatory Body for Wales the role of Independent Chair, please contact:
Huw Maguire

Tel: 0300 0256073

Email: Huw.Maguire@gov.wales

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 616095 or PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

 

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