Natural England Board Members

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Body: Natural England (NE)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sectors: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: No set location (work from home with attendance at meetings in various locations)
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £328 per day (up to £11,808 per annum for a time commitment of 36 days).
Time Requirements: 36 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    20/09/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    23/10/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    14/11/2017

  • Final Interview Date

    18/01/2018

  • Announcement

    March

  • Ministerial meetings

    25/01/2018

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State wishes to appoint two new members to the Board of Natural England.

Board members play an important role in supporting and encouraging the executive team in improving Natural England’s delivery for the natural environment by driving forward substantial change to deliver value for money, excellent customer service and better collaboration with key partners while maintaining a clear overview, and ensuring business continuity, across the range of its functions.

Leadership is characterised by the combination of an evidence-based approach, a practical knowledge of delivery and delivery tools, and an understanding of policy making. Your experience will be vital in helping the Board make the right decisions for current and future policy.

Natural England is going through a period of substantial reform including significant funding pressures and restructuring. It is fully committed to the consolidation of Government support services (Estates, Finance, and HR).

Board members are expected to encourage and support innovation as Natural England fully develops its income generation capacities and

explores new relationships with businesses in the future.

The Secretary of State is seeking to attract high-calibre applicants from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate they can contribute to the strategic leadership of Natural England and discharge a full range of non-executive responsibilities. There is a need for people with knowledge and expertise of: rural land management (including farming, nature conservation and agri-environment schemes); ecological, environmental or marine sciences; or business, with an understanding of complex process management, customer service and/or planning and development. You may have these skills, or other areas of expertise relevant to Natural England, and applications are welcomed from any candidate who meet the essential criteria for the role.

The successful candidate must abide by the Nolan principles of public service.

A separate recruitment exercise is also underway for a Natural England Board member – Audit and Risk Assurance Committee Chair. Another briefing pack is available for this position.

Person Specification

You should demonstrate all of the following:

• An ability to analyse issues at a strategic level in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions.

• An ability to question, challenge constructively and influence decision making within a Board setting in a large and complex organisation.

• A proven ability to influence and engage a strong and diverse network of people and organisations and the ability to inspire confidence in stakeholders at all levels.

• An enthusiasm for and genuine interest in the work delivered by Natural England and how it can contribute to Government priorities, including Defra’s long-term vision for a more integrated approach to working across the Defra group.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

Attachments
1_NE Advert
2_Candidate_pack_general
3_Public Appointments Guidance notes
4_Monitoring form 1
5_Monitoring form 2
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