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.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 4th October

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 25th October

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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.

The role

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.


Person Specification

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.


Additional Information

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.

Disability Confident

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.

Reasonable adjustments

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  

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is three years. 

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