National Lottery Community Fund, Chair of the Board

Body: National Lottery Community Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings usually take place in London and on occasion in other locations in the UK. Some travel is required to attend meetings and events across the UK.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair’s remuneration will be £40,000 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. In addition, the Chair currently chairs the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. The time commitment can be up to two days a week.

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 seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to be Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund. Applications are welcomed from underrepresented groups to ensure the National Lottery Community Fund reflects the diverse society it serves. 

The Fund is currently supporting communities across the UK to adjust to and recover from the coronavirus crisis. It is also a time when the Fund has gone through a period of investment and development, making it well placed to deliver our ambitious plans to achieve the Fund’s purpose: supporting people and communities thrive. The Fund has many of the building blocks in place to add even greater value to civil society and public life. Our contribution is as varied as it is vital.  

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

The Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Every year we distribute £600m of funding raised by players of The National Lottery.  

Through our funding and catalytic role we develop deeper and broader relationships at both local and national level; sharing insights and telling the story of our impact, and we continue to champion and support the extraordinary work of communities throughout the UK.

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 portfolio 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 the nations.

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

The Role

  • Provide leadership to the Board and wider non-executive group across the UK, ensuring that its funding has the greatest possible impact
  • Ensure that Board members fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Shape and sustain a group of diverse and high-quality Board members whose skills and experience are appropriately deployed 
  • Is involved in the appointment of Board members and review their performance
  • Lead the appointment and appraisal of the Chief Executive and provide support, advice, and challenge to her/him
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account for the overall performance of the Fund
  • Drive effective relationships with senior stakeholders from for example Government, Parliament, devolved administrations, civil society, and the media and opinion formers
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund 


Person Specification


  • An appropriate understanding of the charity and community sectors 
  • A strong track record of strategic leadership in civil society, public service, or business
  • Board level experience and a strong understanding of corporate governance 
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion



  • Previous experience of grant funding 
  • Familiarity with operating at the scale of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Experience of building and leading diverse and inclusive organisations 
  • A commitment to the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability with regards to NDPBs


Additional Information


Length of Appointment

The appointment is for up to 4 years.  Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Start Date

It is expected that the new Chair will take up the appointment in Autumn 2020.

Type of Appointment

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has formal responsibility for the appointment of the members of the Board. 

In line with the ‘The Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’ the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be kept informed of the progress of the public appointments process and will be responsible for the public appointment as the appointing authority.


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