Independent Member - 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: £198 per day
Time Requirements: 20 days per annum


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

The Regulatory Board for Wales examines the regulatory performance and activity of the Welsh Government and registered social landlords.

The Board advises the Minister on the performance of the housing regulator, the sector and in respect of related policy implications.

The Minister has appointed Karen McArthur as independent member of the Regulatory Board.

This appointment has been made in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. All such appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published.

Political Activity

Karen McArthur – No political Activity declared

The appointment will commence on the first of March 2020 and expire automatically on the twenty-eighth of February 2023. The post of Independent Member is a paid post earning £198 per day.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Regulatory Board for Wales was established in 2016. The 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 Independent Board Members will:

  • contribute to the work of the Board through regular attendance, proper preparation and informed contributions;
  • assist the Chair in securing consensus in the Board’s deliberations;
  • meet high standards of probity and governance;
  • attend other relevant meetings as requested; and
  • actively contribute to the work of the RBW, including involvement in any thematic reviews.

The Independent Members will be appointed for a period of up to three years. All members will be able to offer an authoritative view of the regulatory regime underpinned by their personal expertise, and will be expected to support the operation of the RBW through the provision of relevant sector information and intelligence, and:

(a) offer their view on issues relating to the role of the RBW falling within their remit; and

(b) 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.

Board 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.

Essential Criteria

Analysis and interpretation

  • the ability to analyse and interpret data to monitor performance against agreed objectives.

Communication and influencing skills

  • an ability to offer constructive challenge ;
  •  a collaborative and energetic approach to the work of the Board.

High standards of corporate and personal conduct

  • a clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices;
  •  a clear understanding of and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ and public service values.


A background in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous but is not essential:

  •  recent senior executive experience in the social housing sector;
  •  funding/lending;
  •  housing law and/or compliance and regulation;
  •  being/having been a social housing tenant and/or landlord;
  •  knowledge of housing provision, housing policy or housing finance and an understanding of regulation and the non-profit Housing Association sector;
  •  ability to monitor, report and advise on the performance of a regulated sector in Wales and how regulatory functions can be improved;
  •  an understanding of the Welsh political and policy framework.

Welsh Language

  • an ability to speak Welsh is desirable but not essential for this post.


Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:


Public Appointments

Public Bodies Unit

Welsh Government



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

Tel: 0300 0256073


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

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