National Citizen Service Trust - 2 x Trustees
|Body:||National Citizen Service Trust|
|Appointing Department:||Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport|
|Sectors:||Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport, Education|
|Location:||Currently, Board meetings are taking place remotely. As the country unlocks post-Covid, meetings are likely to take place in London, but may over the course of the term transfer to another location, likely Manchester. Board away days can take place in a range of locations nationally, and are often hosted by one of the Trust’s network providers.|
|Number of Vacancies:||2|
|Remuneration:||The role is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be paid.|
|Time Requirements:||There will be four main Board meetings, plus a strategy day each year. The sub-committees meet between two and five times a year. There may also be support required on an ad hoc basis for high priority projects.|
Closed for Applications
w/c 4th October
Final Interview Date
w/c 25th October
Representative of Organisation
Baroness Kate Rock
National Citizen Service Trust – Background
National Citizen Service (NCS) is Europe’s biggest youth programme. The NCS Vision is clear, ambitious and inclusive: ‘a country of connected, confident and caring citizens where everyone feels at home’.
We exist to engage, unite and empower young people across the country, whatever their background, building their confidence and resilience and giving them skills to help them become ‘world-ready and work-ready’. Our programme is managed and supported by NCS Trust under the leadership of a new Chief Executive with a transforming agenda and a passionate commitment to social cohesion, giving every young person on the cusp of adulthood the best possible chance in life.
NCS was established in its current form by the National Citizen Service Trust Act (2017) ‘to provide or arrange for the provision of programmes for young people in England with the purpose of enabling participants from different backgrounds to work together in local communities to participate in projects to benefit society, and enhancing communication, leadership and team-working skills of participants’ and is overseen by the NCS Trust Royal Charter body. The NCS Royal Charter establishes the Board and sub-committees and its obligations.
DCMS is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity in its public appointments. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes. This ensures that Boards of public bodies benefit from a full range of diverse perspectives and are representative of the people they serve.
Collectively, Board members will be responsible for ensuring NCS effectively, efficiently and independently exercises its functions as set out in the NCS Act 2017, the Royal Charter and the organisation’s Framework Agreement with Government.
Main responsibilities and tasks:
- Provision of high quality and impactful programmes for young people
- Sustaining and growing a thriving delivery network
- Demonstrating and delivering long term impact around social mobility, social cohesion, and social engagement
- Meeting agreed key performance indicators around participation, quality, cost, and broad based support
- Working with board colleagues to set the operational strategy, to deliver ministerial policy objectives and provide advice, challenge, counsel and support for the Chief Executive and Executive Team in achieving NCS objectives
- Scrutinising the Executive and supporting the Accounting Officer in ensuring the organisation uses its resources efficiently and effectively, asking as a responsible steward of public funds
- Ensuring that the views of key stakeholders are taken into account in Board discussions and decisions
- Membership of and contribution to Board sub-committees:
Current vacancies require one of the successful candidates to chair the Audit & Risk Committee, and the other to be a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
All members of the Board are required to understand and embrace the seven principles of public life as defined by the Nolan Principles.
The Person – essential criteria
Candidates must demonstrate that they meet the following essential criteria:
- An understanding of and interest in the aims and objectives of the NCS Trust, and an advocate of young people with a commitment to promoting social cohesion, social mobility and engagement;
- Ability to perform as an effective and authoritative Board member, working collegiately with other Board Members and the Chair, and taking collective responsibility for Board decisions.
- Ability to bring a rigorous approach to achieving maximum impact and value for taxpayers’ money;
- Ability to apply strategic insight and constructive challenge to the Executive team’s plans across wide-ranging strategy, delivery and organisational issues;
- Ability and willingness to access and influence stakeholder networks and be an effective public ambassador for the benefit of National Citizen Service;
- Excellent diplomatic skills and an affinity for cultivating relationships and facilitating consensus among diverse organisations and individuals;
- A strong commitment to engaging communities outside of London, and factoring UK-wide strategies into all decision making.
Additional skills preferred
National Citizen Service Trust is seeking two Trustees with experience and skills at a senior level in the following areas:
- Experience and demonstrable senior leadership in a commercial or financial role in either the private or public sector including effective oversight of audit, risk and compliance.
Diversity and inclusion
DCMS is committed to equality of opportunity and is committed to ensuring that public appointments better represent the views of the communities which they serve. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes. We want to ensure any appointee is committed to promoting diversity, in its broadest possible sense. This will include embedding a commitment to the principles of levelling up and championing opportunity for all across the organisation, helping to ensure that the organisation is one in which a genuinely diverse range of views can be expressed, without fear or favour.
We ask all applicants to complete a diversity monitoring form. We hope you will help us by providing this information. Your data is not disclosed to the panel, but allows us to constantly evaluate any potential barriers to becoming a public appointee and what we can do to encourage a more diverse field to apply.
We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under the majority of the essential criteria.
If you wish to apply under this scheme, state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application. This will in no way prejudice your application.
If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments ahead of making your application or during the process, please contact us.
Political activity and conflicts of interest
As a condition of appointment, all Board members are required to declare publicly any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect in any other business, enterprise or organisation (including any work for other organisations) which might affect the impartiality of the duties that they might be required to undertake for the NCS. Applicants will be required to declare all current interests as part of the application process.
NCS might require a Board member who declares a potential conflict of interest to relinquish that interest if it is incompatible with membership of the Board and it is either not possible, or not appropriate, to put in place arrangements to deal with the potential conflict.
Trustees are appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further information on the NCS Trust can be found on its website at www.wearencs.com
Term of Appointment
The term of appointment is three years.
How to Apply
To apply, please send:
- A CV of no more than two sides of A4 with details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
- A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
- The Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity monitoring form (by following this link). The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.
Completed applications should be sent to: email@example.com , please put ‘NCS Trust Trustee’ in the subject title.
We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria. If you want to apply under this scheme, simply state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application. If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please also indicate this in the covering email or letter.
To talk to someone about the trustee roles themselves, please contact Sarah Knight, NCS Company Secretary, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or the DCMS Public Appointments team at email@example.com
If you are not completely satisfied
We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA‘s) Code of Practice. All applicants are expected to have adhered to the Seven Principles of Public Life.
As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Advisory Assessment Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview. The information may also be shared with Ministers and Cabinet Office.
You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:
- you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with a creditor
- your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors;
- you are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
- you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the conviction not being spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53);
- you become subject to a debt relief order or a bankruptcy restrictions order;
- you fail to declare any conflict of interest.