National Lottery Community Fund - Chair of Northern Ireland Funding Committee

Body: National Lottery Community Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings will take place in London and Northern Ireland.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The remuneration will be £24,000 per annum. The role is not pensionable. Expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay. We also hold a Board and Committee day once a year. Meetings take place in London and another location in the UK once or possibly twice a year therefore travel is required. The Northern Ireland Committee meets approximately 12 times per year and has an annual away day. In addition, as a Board member and Northern Ireland Chair you will meet with strategic partners, attend events and represent the Fund. Board and Committee members also provide informal support and advice to the executive drawing on their specific expertise and on occasion represent the Fund at events or assist the Fund with networking. The specific time commitment of individual Board members will be a matter for discussion with the UK Board Chair. The time commitment can be up to 60 days per year.


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 16th November

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 11th January

  • Announcement

    27/05/2021 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The RoleNorthern Ireland Committee Chair

  • Agree the strategic direction of the portfolio to deliver People in the Lead in Northern Ireland in conjunction with the committee and executive team and in a manner which complements the Northern Ireland context.
  • Ensure that programme and funding decisions fit within the Fund’s accountability framework
  • Shape and sustain a committee of diverse and high-quality committee members who have appropriate knowledge and understanding of community and public life across Northern Ireland.
  • Ensure that the committee individually and collectively operates to the highest standards and performance.
  • Oversee decisions on major funding applications and ensure effective oversight of delegated decisions. 
  • Review and reflect on the shape and development of the Northern Ireland funding portfolio.
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland.
  • Ensure the Board is engaged in and aware of key issues and opportunities which impact the Fund’s work in Northern Ireland

Find out about the current Northern Ireland Committee members on our website.  

Person Specification

The Person:


All candidates will need to demonstrate in their application that they meet the majority of following essential criteria to a high standard:

  • An appropriate understanding of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northern Ireland and the ability to engage with senior stakeholders therein along with senior stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Experience of charitable and community funding
  • Extensive experience of operating as a non-executive, and ability to operate as a Chair
  • An understanding of portfolio management, funding decision-making and oversight at a senior level
  • First class communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to challenge constructively
  • A commitment to improve diversity and inclusion.


  • Experience of leading decision making about resources or funding at a significant scale.
  • A commitment to the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability with regards to NDPBs.

Additional Information

The National Lottery Community Fund’s core purpose is to support people and communities to thrive. This is delivered through our Strategic Framework, People in the Lead. 

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Every year we distribute £600 million raised by players of the National Lottery.  In Northern Ireland we make grants to a broad range of organisations, from small grants of under £10,000 through the National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland programme to large grants of up to £500,000.   Almost all of our grants (97%) are made to voluntary and community sector organisations. 

Details of our programmes can be found here:

In Northern Ireland in 2018/19 we awarded 577 grants worth £18.1m supporting organisations in every local area in Northern Ireland.

We are currently seeking to appoint a new chair of the Northern Ireland Committee, who will also sit as a member of The National Lottery Community Fund Board. This is a time when we support communities in Northern Ireland to adjust to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and look forward to developing plans for our new funding portfolio for 2021 and beyond and opening a Dormant Accounts fund for the first time. 

This is mirrored Fund-wide as the organisation has gone through a period of change and development, making it well placed to deliver our ambitious plans to achieve the Fund’s purpose: supporting people and communities to thrive.  The Fund has many of the building blocks in place to add even greater value to civil society and public life and is uniquely placed to act as a catalyst, bring people together and making links between practitioners and policy makers. 

The Organisation

The National Lottery Community Fund is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead and for the Fund’s governance.

Funding decisions are delegated to five funding committees (UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and to Executive Officers, with the Board retaining strategic oversight for delivery of the Fund’s strategic framework, People in the Lead, and governance responsibility. 

Policy responsibility for The National Lottery Community Fund, including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Policy responsibility for The National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Communities. 

Further information about the Fund’s Strategic Framework People in the Lead and its programmes can be found on our website

How 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 each of the essential criteria.

If you wish to apply under this scheme, please state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application.

 Reasonable adjustments

If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please also indicate this in the covering email or letter.

About DCMS

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad.

We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. We help to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success.

DCMS is a ministerial department, supported by 45 agencies and public bodies.

 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

Supporting information

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. 

Eligibility Criteria 

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.

Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence

If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of the National Lottery Community Fund, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further please contact the Public Appointments Team.

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Advisory Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in the statement supporting your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

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 the Cabinet Office.


To apply, please send the following four documents:

  • a CV of not more than two sides of A4;
  • a supporting statement of not more than three sides of A4, providing examples and setting out how you meet the criteria;
  • the Diversity Monitoring Form concerning your personal information and political activity, and the Declaration of Interests Form.

Completed applications should be emailed to Please put ‘NLCF – Northern Ireland Chair’ as the subject line of your email.

If you have any questions regarding your application please contact the Campaign Manager, Anders Egeland-Eriksen, via email at Each application will be assessed against the requirements set out above by the advisory assessment panel.

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.

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