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.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 16th November

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 11th January

  • Announcement



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

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