National Lottery Community Fund - 2x Members

Body: National Lottery Community Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Education, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Science & Technology
Location: The National Lottery Community Fund has locations across the UK.
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £7,848 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 36 days a year. The Board meets quarterly; in addition Board members may be asked to serve on a Board committee, for example Audit & Risk, Remuneration and Appointments or UK Funding. The specific time commitment of individual Board members will be a matter for discussion with the Chair.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is looking to appoint new General Members to the board of the National Lottery Community Fund. 

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.

The Board would like to strengthen its skills in the following specific areas:

  • Data and Digital
  • Business Partnerships
  • Employment, Prosperity and Community Economic Development
  • Children and Young People
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Audit and Risk – Accountancy

The National Lottery Community Fund’s core purpose is to support prosperous and thriving communities. It is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Every year it distributes £600m of funding raised by Lottery players, typically through around 12,000 grants. It is active in every local area of the UK, and is recognised as a key partner in realising the government’s commitment to levelling-up and addressing inequalities across the country over the years to come.

The organisation

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. Funding decisions are delegated to five portfolio committees (UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). 

The Board is comprised of the Chairs of these Country Committees and General Members. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund and for the Fund’s governance.

Policy responsibility for the NLCF, including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Person Specification

All successful candidates must be able to demonstrate that they meet a majority of the following criteria to a high degree:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • The ability and skill to contribute effectively to the development of the NLCF as it sets a future strategic direction, with a strong track record of achievement in this area.
  • Ability to work on a Board with excellent interpersonal, team working, communication and representational skills.
  • The ability to win respect and engage and influence in relationships with designated stakeholders to ensure the Fund is well represented and externally impactful.
  • Personal and operational integrity, the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, and a commitment to improving diversity and equity.
  • Clear understanding and commitment to building prosperous and thriving communities for a diverse range audiences, that reflect the whole of the UK.
  • Ability to deliver operational transformation and culture improvement in a large organisation
  • A strong commitment to engaging communities outside of London, and factoring UK-wide perspectives into all decision making.

Desirable Criteria

Successful candidates should also be able to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following areas:

Data and Digital

  • Ability to provide oversight and expert input into the implementation of the Data Strategy and the development of new data initiatives and collaborations, including in digital skills, infrastructure, processes and service design, for the benefit of communities.
  • Previous experience of working on data and impact initiatives with a mature understanding of the organisational systems and processes that can deliver transformation and result in positive impact.

Business Partnerships

  • Ability to provide oversight and expert input into the forming of a strategy for catalytic business partnership.
  • Previous experience of working on forming cross-sector partnerships and steering organisational culture, systems and processes that enable collaboration.
  • An understanding and experience of the potential for business partnerships in relevant themes and areas of focus for the NLCF, in particular young people, employment, community enterprise, and health wellbeing would be highly desirable.

Employment, Prosperity and Community Economic Development

  • Ability to provide oversight and expert input into relevant initiatives and strategies, drawing on experience in the NLCF and other funders and partners, nationally and internationally. 
  • Previous experience of working on issues around community economic development and prosperity, ideally through outcomes-based approaches, from a public, private or civil society perspective.
  • An understanding and experience of issues around community business, social investment and social impact funding, and specifically employment and employability would be highly desirable. 

Children and Young People

  • Ability to provide oversight and expert input into the NLCF’s work on young people across its UK and country portfolios, together with bringing the deep perspective and insight of young people to inform cross-NLCF policy and practice.
  • Previous experience of working with and for children and young people that has resulted in impact and improved outcomes, for example through cross-sector collaboration or new and redesigned services.
  • An understanding and experience of issues that matter to young people and how these affect their lives, including jobs, skills, mental health and online harms.

Climate and the Environment

  • Ability to provide oversight and expert input into the NLCF’s work on the climate and environment, including the £100m Climate Action Fund, and how the NLCF embeds a focus on climate and environment in what it does and how it works.
  • Previous experience of working on climate and environment issues at a leadership level, helping steer lasting organisation strategies and external collaborations.
  • An understanding and experience of issues of what local communities can do to contribute, for example through design of local places and spaces, capital projects, community renewables, or waste management would be welcome.

Audit and Risk

  • As a qualified accountant, ability to provide expert input into NLCF’s Audit and Risk processes 
  • Previous experience of being a member of, or working with, an audit and risk committee.

Term of appointment

This appointment is for up to 4 years.

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