Member - Snowdonia National Park Authority (Welsh Highly Desirable)

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Gwynedd, or virtually via Zoom
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £4,053 per annum
Time Requirements: 44 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/10/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.  We welcome applications from individuals who have no previous experience of working on public sector boards. Individuals are selected on merit, against the essential criteria and not as representatives of particular organisations or groups. To succeed in this role it is important you are able to apply your skills and experience in ways which help deliver the statutory purposes for which the National Parks were designated (see the second paragraph in Annex B).

The Authority will benefit from being able to draw on a wide range of skills and knowledge in its membership. You will need to be able to bring a national perspective to its work, acknowledging its role and contribution to Welsh aspirations (particularly for the well-being of future generations) whilst recognising the Park’s contribution to everyday environmental, economic, social and cultural life.

Essential Criteria

  • The ability to make a strong contribution to the Park Authority through participating effectively and constructively on its committees and working groups, working in a collegiate manner at all times;
  • The ability to operate effectively in a strategic or national role, providing a direction of travel for the Authority’s executive team, and communicating clearly with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to effectively operate in and contribute to a Welsh/bilingual Authority Board and its wider organisational environment;
  • An appreciation of the current policy and practice of National Park Authorities;
  • A clear understanding and commitment to the ten principles in The Conduct of Members (Principles) (Wales) Order 2001 (see Annex D);
  • Bring lived experiences reflecting the diversity that is Wales.

Knowledge or experience of promoting inclusion and diversity in a relevant context is considered essential for one post and desirable for the other. Examples could include lived experience of disadvantage or exclusion, holding one or more of the protected characteristics (1) and/or individuals with professional experience in this field. Such professional experience could include tackling financial and health inequalities, or dismantling barriers to inclusion.

Essential Skills: Skills and experience in one or more of the following areas are also essential:

  • The Climate emergency – implementing practical solutions
  • Changes following exit from the EU – rural economy
  • Post-Covid recovery – town centre regeneration and/or sustainable tourism
  • Audit and governance, with an emphasis on public sector requirements
  • Town and country planning

Desirable Skills
Experience of working for a charity, being a trustee, running a business or public administration at a senior level may be advantageous but is by no means essential

[1] Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact

For further information regarding the role of the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the role of Members please contact:

Geraint Evans, Land, Nature and Forestry Division, Welsh Government

Tel: 0300 062 2097



Anwen Gaffey (Members Services Officer)

Snowdonia National Park Authority

National Park Office,


Gwynedd LL48 6LF

Tel: 01766 772226 / E-mail:

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Outreach events

Snowdonia National Park Authority will be conducting outreach events during which prospective applicants will be able to meet virtually with an existing Member of the Authority to discuss what the role entails. For further details please visit their website: Eryri – Snowdonia ( At the same link you will also find videos of existing Members discussing their roles.

Information for Candidates - SNPA - Member (Welsh Highly Desirable) - English
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