National Citizen Service Trust - Chair

Announced
Body: National Citizen Service Trust
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role will be paid at a day rate of £400, up to a maximum of £40,000 a year. This is subject to the agreement of the pay policy for the new organisation.
Time Requirements: The Chair is expected to commit one to two days a week to this role. There will be four Board meetings each year, plus occasional strategy days. The meetings will be held more frequently during the first year of the new organisation. The Chair is expected to keep in regular contact with the Chief Executive with bilateral meetings taking place at least once a month. However, during the setup phase of the National Citizen Service’s new organisation up to the “go live” date and potentially for a short time beyond, the Chair will be expected to make sufficient time available to ensure the launch date is met and that all relevant documentation and personnel are in place.

Announcement

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

Brett Wigdortz appointed as Chair of the National Citizen Service Trust.

HM The Queen has appointed Brett Wigdortz as chair of the National Citizen Service Trust for a term of three years commencing on 12 July 2018 until 11 July 2021.

Date: 12/07/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    28/03/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    09/05/2018

  • Panel Sift

    18/05/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    11/06/2018

  • Announcement

    12/07/2018

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Introduction

National Citizen Service (NCS) is the country’s biggest programme for all 15-17 year olds. NCS supports young people to develop the skills they need for work and life while meeting new friends from different backgrounds and making a difference in their communities. The NCS programme is currently managed by the NCS Trust.

Government is committed to the continued development of the NCS programme, with around £1 billion of funding available between 2016/17 and 2019/20. The management of NCS is moving from the existing Community Interest Company to a new Royal Chartered public sector body, with an expected launch date later in 2018. This new organisation will be overseen by a new Board. We are seeking a Chair and non-executive directors to join this new Board.

This is an extraordinary opportunity. The successful individual will have the chance to lead NCS through a period of organisational change and beyond, to advocate and communicate with energy and commitment, to achieve great value for money for the taxpayer, and to be responsible for transforming the lives of future generations.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a keen appreciation of the particular commercial challenges faced by NCS as a commissioning body during this period of change, focusing on meeting agreed targets on growth, quality and cost. They must also recognising the needs of young people and the importance of social cohesion, social mobility and civic engagement. They should be committed to championing diversity and ensuring that the benefits of NCS are available to the widest range of young people.

 

Background

NCS’ vision is to build a more cohesive, engaged and mobile society – transforming communities by empowering generations of young people.

Through the NCS programme, young people from all backgrounds come together in diverse teams, building skills for work and life, while taking on exciting new challenges, making new friends, and contributing to their communities. The programme runs outside term time, with most young people taking part in the summer holidays.  NCS Trust commissions provision through a network of over 200 quality-assured youth and community organisations.

Since its launch, more than 400,000 young people from all social backgrounds have taken part in NCS, and in 2016 one in six eligible teenagers took part in the programme, making NCS the fastest growing youth movement of its kind for a century.

Consecutive independent evaluations have demonstrated the positive impacts NCS delivers to both its participants and the communities where they live. It continues to do this while providing impressive value for money for the taxpayer. The 2016 evaluation shows that 8 in 10 participants felt more positive about people from different backgrounds after taking part in the programme, and around 9 in 10 felt NCS had helped them develop skills that will be useful in the future.

NCS Trust oversees the delivery of these programmes for 16-17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland. The Trust is currently a Community Interest Company (CIC), but is to be incorporated as a Royal Charter body, as set out in the NCS Act 2017. The CIC’s existing staff and assets will transfer across to the new body, so it retains its expertise and successful
brand.

A new Chair and Board will oversee this new organisation. There will initially be some joint working with the existing Board of the CIC, with the new Chair playing a role from appointment in important discussions and decisions that will affect the new organisation, including in the appointment of other board members. Sponsored by DCMS, the organisation will be accountable directly to government and parliament, but its Royal Charter status will afford it independence, stability, and the platform on which to continue delivering NCS across the country.

Person Specification

Role Specification

Main responsibilities and tasks:

1. Oversee the organisation’s delivery of key NCS objectives:

  • provision of high quality and impactful programmes for young people;
  • sustaining and growing a thriving delivery network;
  • demonstrating long term impact around social mobility, social cohesion, and civic engagement.

2. Ensure a focus on strong commercial outcomes:

  • Meet agreed key performance indicators around growth, quality, cost, and broad based support;
  • Provide direction and leadership and ensure that the Executive is focused on delivering value for money to the taxpayer.

3. Establish a strong and well-functioning Board:

  • Play an important role in establishing the new Board, with the right skills, experience, and passion for the new NCS body;
  • Provide ongoing leadership, vision and direction to the Board and the wider organisation, ensuring that it has the maximum impact possible;
  • Ensure robust systems are in place for assessing the skills, competencies and experience of the Board;
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the NCS Trust; this includes sustaining a diverse and high quality group of Board members.  

4. Support a successful transition to Royal Charter status:

  • Lead the Board to oversee the success and growth of National Citizen Service, with particular attention on establishing the new organisation on a firm footing during its first year of operation as a Royal Charter Body. Specifically:
  • approve the new management agreement with Government;
  • support transition to new provider contract awards (following a procurement exercise already underway);
  • approve the annual budget, business plan, report and material business decisions;
  • Ensure the new NCS Trust effectively, efficiently and independently exercises its functions as set out in the NCS Trust Royal Charter, NCS Act and its new management agreement with Government, while ensuring that the organisation has the operational freedom to carry out its mission. Scrutinise the Executive to ensure that the appropriate policies, systems and resources are in place to enable the organisation to fulfil its responsibilities.

5. Support the Chief Executive Officer and wider executive team:

  • Provide challenge and formal approval to recommendations made by the Executive team on key strategic issues;
  • Ensure that the Board sets overall strategy and policy objectives and provides advice, challenge, counsel and support for the Chief Executive and Executive Team in achieving NCS’ objectives;
  • Scrutinise the Executive and support the Accounting Officer in ensuring the organisation uses its resources efficiently and effectively.  

6. Build strong relationships with important stakeholders:

  • Work with the CEO and wider Board to develop and maintain a healthy relationship between NCS Trust and key stakeholders, including Government;
  • Ensure that the views of stakeholders are taken into account in Board discussions and decisions.

7. Oversee the organisation’s response to any extraordinary incidents:  

  • Support the organisation throughout any period of crisis;
  • Be approachable and available to any employee who wishes to report any information or activity deemed illegal, unethical, or otherwise in violation of NCS’ values.

All members of the Board are required to understand and embrace the seven principles of public life as defined by the Nolan Principles. These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Ability to perform as an effective and authoritative Board Chair and build a positive working relationship with the Chief Executive;
  • Ability to bring a rigorous approach to achieving maximum impact for young people and value for taxpayers’ money;
  • Evidence of commercial experience, in particular experience of setting direction or running a large or expanding organisation through a period of growth;
  • 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 high level stakeholder networks, be an effective public ambassador for the benefit of National Citizen Service, as a key representative of a complex organisation in the public arena;
  • Ability to operate with the highest levels of Government, excellent diplomatic skills and an affinity for cultivating relationships and facilitating consensus among diverse organisations and individuals;
  • Evidence of senior achievement in the private, public or VCSE sectors, demonstrating the ability to make a strong personal contribution;
  • Ability to demonstrate resilience in the face of pressure.

Skills mix on the Board:

Between nine and eleven Board members, including the Chair, are being recruited at this stage and NCS Trust will require a strong mix of skills and experiences to be successful; candidates with experience in at least one of the following areas are sought:

  • Experience and demonstrable senior leadership in the education, youth and/or social action sectors;
  • Experience in a leadership and/or oversight role within an organisation of similar scale and complexity;
  • Experience in commercial and/or operational management, with a particular focus on strategy development, audit, risk and procurement or supplier/contract management;
  • Experience of large scale programme delivery, managing change and assurance;
  • Management of marketing, stakeholder engagement or customer relationships at a senior level;
  • A leadership role in public policy development and/or operational implementation;
  • Experience of generating revenue through fundraising and/or corporate sponsorship.

Additional Information

Supporting Information

The appointments process will be conducted under the Governance Code on Public Appointments, and regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

DCMS promotes an equal opportunities policy.  Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.  Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.

Who is on the Board?

Nine to eleven members, including the Chair. The Chair is appointed by The Queen-in-Council, on the recommendation of DCMS ministers through the Prime Minister. The Chair will then make recommendations for the appointment of non-executive board members to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Prime Minister, who will in turn advise the Queen-in-Council.

Time Commitment

The Chair is expected to commit one to two days a week to this role.

There will be four Board meetings each year, plus occasional strategy days.  The meetings will be held more frequently during the first year of the new organisation.

The Chair is expected to keep in regular contact with the Chief Executive with bilateral meetings taking place at least once a month. However, during the setup phase of the National Citizen Service’s new organisation up to the “go live” date and potentially for a short time beyond, the Chair will be expected to make sufficient time available to ensure the launch date is met and that all relevant documentation and personnel are in place.

Remuneration

The role will be paid at a day rate of £400, up to a maximum of £40,000 a year. This is subject to the agreement of the pay policy for the new organisation.

Political activity and conflicts of interest

The NCS Royal Charter requires that the Chair is not politically active while serving on the Board.

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.

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is three years.  

 

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A copy of your CV
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two sides, that evidences how you meet all the criteria in the Person Specification. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the required criteria. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible, within a limit of two sides.
  • Separate disclosure forms should also be provided, giving details of any political activity, conflicts of interest, diversity monitoring form, and details of any public appointments held currently.

Please ensure you include preferred telephone number, as well as a preferred e-mail address, which will be used with discretion.

Applications should be emailed to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. Please include ‘NCS Chair’ in the subject heading.   If you are unable to apply online, please post applications to: Public Appointments, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ

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