Member - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: The Authority’s meetings are usually held in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority main offices in Pembroke Dock.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The post of Member will be paid at £3,600 per annum
Time Requirements: Members will be expected to be available to work a minimum of four days per month as members of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.


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

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs has agreed to the appointment of three new Members to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Ms Julie James and Ms Rachel Heath-Davies began their membership on 1st June 2017 and Ms Rosetta Plummer’s membership will start on 1st February 2018.

Date: 25/07/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 13 February 2017

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • John Watkin Added 16/01/2017

    Panel Chair

    Head of Landscape and Outdoor Recreation Branch • Departmental Official

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  • Ruth Hall Added 16/01/2017

    Natural Resource Wales (NRW) Board Member • Independent Member

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  • Michael James Added 16/01/2017

    Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

What are National Parks?

National Parks are landscapes of international importance. Although predominantly rural in nature they are close to urban communities and have significant potential to enrich the lives of the people of, and visitors to, Wales and to contribute positively to the Welsh economy. A key task of National Park Authorities is to help ensure that these special areas will in the future, be places with a richer and more diverse landscape, wildlife and heritage than today, enjoyed and cherished by a full cross section of society.

What is their role?

The National Park Authorities have two statutory purposes under the Environment Act 1995:

• to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Parks;

• to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities [of the Park] by the public.

As well as seeking to fulfil their two statutory purposes the National Park Authorities have a duty to foster the economic and social well being of their local communities.

If it appears that there is a conflict between these purposes, greater weight shall be attached to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area within the National Park.

Ways of working

Each Authority is required to prepare a National Park Management Plan. The Plan sets out policies for the management of the Park and for the organisation and provision of services and facilities by the National Park Authority to achieve National Park purposes. It includes policies for the management of the land in the National Park and forms the basis for collaboration not only with statutory and voluntary conservation organisations, but also with other public and private landowners. Consultation during the preparation of the Plan allows people to contribute to achieving workable policies and is essential to sympathetic co-operation with residents and other interests in the Park. The National Park Authority will involve key stakeholders such as Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Local Government Association and Town and Community Councils in the preparation of National Park Management Plans as well and will play a key role in the development of the Local Development Plan. The National Park Authorities are also the planning authority for their area and are responsible for producing development plans and for development control.

What is their Structure and Membership?

Under the Environment Act 1995 and the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 the three Welsh National Park Authorities are special purpose Local Authorities. They are corporate bodies with executive powers. The purposes of the Parks are the same in England and Wales but the membership of the National Park Authorities in each country differs.

In Wales two thirds of the seats are filled by councillors of constituent Local Authorities to reflect local interests and one third by appointments made by the Welsh Ministers to represent the national interest. When appointing members to sit on National Park Authorities (NPAs), Local Authorities are encouraged to use councillors representing wards either wholly or partly within the Park boundary.

Where do National Park Authorities get their money?

The Welsh Ministers provide the National Park Authorities with the majority of their funding in the form of the National Park Grant (NPG). Two thirds of NPG comes from the Welsh Ministers directly with the remaining one third levied by the Park Authorities from their constituent Local Authorities. Additional grant is available from the Welsh Ministers for prescribed capital expenditure. NPAs also have income from, for example, trading activities, car parking fees and planning application fees. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs issues an annual strategic grant letter setting out agreed priorities and objectives for the National Park Authorities for the year ahead.

Committee’s Role

Members of National Park Authorities are required to understand and demonstrate a commitment to National Park purposes and be prepared to commit the time necessary for regular attendance at full Authority and committee meetings, as well as member development events, working groups, events, and representing the Authority on outside bodies.

Person Specification

Role and Responsibilities – What will You be Expected to Do?

National Park Authority members are responsible, individually and collectively, to the Welsh Government for providing effective leadership for the National Park Authority, for setting its policy and for ensuring that it meets its objectives within the statutory, policy and financial framework laid down for it. Members have a duty to act at all times within the law, in good faith and in the best interests of the National Park, and to be scrupulous in ensuring that their public position is at no time compromised in favour of private interests, or gives rise to suspicion that this has been done.

Key Tasks:

• To lead the National Park Authority, in particular in defining and developing its strategic direction and in setting challenging objectives;

• To ensure that the National Park Authority’s activities are conducted and promoted in as efficient and effective a manner as possible;

• To ensure that strategies are developed for meeting the National Park Authority’s overall purposes and duties, in accordance with the policies and priorities established by the Welsh Government;

• To monitor the National Park Authority’s performance to ensure that it fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;

• To ensure that the National Park Authority’s control, regulation and monitoring of its activities, as well as those of any other bodies which it may sponsor or support, ensure value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety and to participate in the corporate planning process;

• To promote the Welsh Government’s sustainable development, equality and social inclusion objectives.

Person Specification

What Skills or Knowledge do You Need?

Individuals are selected on their personal qualities and experience and not as representatives of particular organisations or groups. To succeed in this role it is important that you can apply your skills and experience in ways which help deliver the statutory purposes for which the National Parks were designated.

The national park authority will benefit from being able to draw on a wide range of skills and knowledge in its membership.
It may help if you have experience of public administration at a senior level, running a business, being a trustee or working for a charity or other knowledge in an area of direct relevance to the diverse work of the National Park Authority. We are particularly interested in individuals who have experience in one or more of the following areas:

• conservation of the natural, historic, built and/or cultural environment;
• communications and marketing (in particular digital technology);
• regulation and governance;
• the arts;
• recreation and sport;
• renewable energy;
• education
• sustainable development
• business sector
• agriculture; and
• working with communities and community groups.

You will need to be able to bring a national perspective to the work of the Park Authority.

To be considered, you must also be able to demonstrate that you have the following qualities, skills and experience:

• making a strong contribution to the leadership of complex organisations or programmes utilising appropriate performance information to drive improvement and delivery;

• operating effectively in a strategic or national role which influences and translates policy into practice;

• building and contributing to effective teams, with the ability to communicate clearly to a range of audiences;

• an appreciation of the current policy and practice context of the business of National Park Authorities;

• the time to attend National Park Authority meetings regularly (the time commitment required is, at least, four days per month);

• a clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

• the ability to speak Welsh is essential for one appointment and desirable for one appointment.

We welcome applications from individuals who have no previous experience of working on public sector boards.

How to Apply

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454

For further information regarding the role of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the role of Member(s) please contact:

Daniel Jones, Land, Nature and Forestry Division:
Tel: 03000 625087

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or

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