Non-Executive Board Members - Social Work England

Body: Department for Education and Department of Heath and Social Care
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Defence, Education, Health and Social Care
Location: Sheffield
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Procurement, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Estimated time commitment not expected to exceed 15 days per annum.
Time Requirements: £350 a day plus expenses


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Mark Lam has been appointed as a non-executive member of Social Work England’s board for 3 years, from 11 January 2019.

Remuneration is £350 a day for an estimated time commitment of up to 15 days per annum, with an expectation that this will reduce once Social Work England starts regulating the social work profession.

Mark is chair of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.

He is a digital technologist with extensive experience operating at board level for multinational business and public organisations.

As Chief Technology and Information Officer, he led the digital transformation of Openreach (part of the BT Group), the £5 billion regulated national infrastructure provider.

Mark has not declared any conflicts of interest or political activity.

Social Work England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Education. The appointment of board members is made jointly by the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/10/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Week beginning 12th November

  • Announcement


  • Successful candidate takes up post (depending on individual circumstances)

    From January


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

High quality social work can transform lives. Social workers play an absolutely critical role in delivering a range of vital services to vulnerable children, families and adults.  Social Work England will be a new specialist regulator for all social workers that has an absolute focus on protecting the health and wellbeing of those individuals who need social work support.

The Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care are looking to appoint two additional, high quality, non-executive members to the Board of Social Work England. Do you have expertise and ability in data technology or audit and risk? If so, we’d like to hear from you. In addition to having specific skills in one of these areas, you will have a commitment to equality, inclusion and user engagement; and the ability to set strategic direction and work collaboratively as part of a team.  Previous experience as a non-executive director is also desirable.

You will be required to think strategically and have the ability to positively and constructively influence decisions at senior Board level. You will also be expected to establish consultative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including other regulators, professional associations, training providers and employees, as well the social work profession and users of its services.

These will be challenging but extremely rewarding roles. Your input will contribute to the protection of the vulnerable in our society, as well as to raising standards in social work practice.

Person Specification

We are looking to appoint individuals to two non-executive board member roles, with specific skills in the areas of data technology and audit and risk.

Essential criteria

Candidates will demonstrate:

  • a commitment to the values of equality, human rights and inclusion and an ability to champion these and ensure that they underpin the work of the Board;
  • a commitment to engaging service users and ensuring their voice is taken into account within decision making processes;
  • experience of setting strategic direction and engaging in constructive debate and challenge at all levels; and
  • experience of working collaboratively at a senior level to plan and facilitate decisions

together with expertise and ability in either:

  • digital transformation of user experience and business processes at scale, including digital communication and automation to drive a superior service experience;
  • digital information strategy, including data management and data analytics to derive insights and trends; and
  • leadership of IT operations, including cyber security, support models and technology procurement

or expertise and ability in:

  • senior financial management and accounting, including audit and procurement expertise;
  • experience of chairing an Audit and Risk Committee;
  • the development and review of internal controls and risk management systems including governance at a senior level; and
  • an accountancy, internal or external auditing and/or legal qualification and associated professional membership eg CIPFA, ACCA, CIMA.

Desirable criteria

 For both roles:

  • An understanding of the regulation of professionals/individuals, together with experience of organisations undergoing set-up and/or newly formed organisations.
  • Previous experience as a non-executive director.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please:

  • submit an up-to-date CV and a separate personal statement, each no more than two sides of A4 in length (applications that exceed this limit will not be considered) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements for the role
  • complete and return the candidate application form (Annex A of the information pack); and
  • complete and return the diversity form (available on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments page for this vacancy).

Your application and all accompanying documentation and information should be sent to

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