Non-Executive Director, QEII Conference Centre

Body: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Appointing Department: Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, HR
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £450 per day
Time Requirements: Approximately 1 day per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The QEII Centre is an Arm’s Length Body reporting to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and  Communities (DLUHC). Operating as a commercially driven Trading Fund, the QEII Centre has a global reputation for excellence and this role provides an exciting opportunity to be involved in shaping the business for the future.We are looking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to the QEII Board. One of these roles will also Chair the QEII Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. This committee provides a quarterly forum for NEDs to offer insight, advice and challenge.

NEDs provide a key role in the strategic and operational leadership of the QEII Centre. They have a collective responsibility for ensuring that the Centre fulfils the Centre’s overall aims and objectives as set out in its business plan, that financial information is accurate, and that financial controls and risk management systems are robust and defensible. 

They attend and contribute to the Advisory Board, which is chaired by DLUHC’s senior sponsor for the QEII Centre. The role of the Advisory Board is to help the Department manage its interests and responsibilities in respect of the QEII Centre, providing oversight, support and challenge to the management of the QEII Centre on its business strategy and delivery.

The Advisory Board has no operational role and does not directly hold the Executive to account for delivery, the Board is specifically responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the QEII Centre has robust corporate governance arrangements in place to promote high performance and to safeguard propriety and regularity; 
  • Considering and helping to shape the QEII Centre’s annual Corporate Business Plan; 
  • Helping monitor the QEII Centre’s performance against approved plans;  
  • Supporting and assisting in identifying commercial opportunities and seek to remove any strategic barriers to progress; and
  • Providing advice to DLUHC’s Ministers and DLUHC’s Accounting Officer on the above as appropriate.

Further information is provided in the attached candidate pack.​

Person Specification

The QEII Centre requires two distinctive skill and experience sets for the two new Non-Executive Directors; 1) Finance, Audit and Commercial and Business Tourism, and 2) Events/ Venue Management:

1.Finance, Audit and Commercial,  Non-Executive Director​

This role is to Chair the Centre’s Audit and Risk Committee, liaising with the National Audit Office and Government Internal Audit Agency, and to oversee the Centre’s adherence to Government financial reporting and auditing requirements. 

Essential Criteria: 

  • Membership of an accounting body (ies); ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS, CIMA and significant senior financial experience
  • Knowledge of Government financial and accounting practises; 
  • Ability to strategically challenge, prioritise, and scrutinise both business and management performance;
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of chairing Audit Committee meetings;
  • Strategic financial planning and performance analysis;
  • Experience of liaising with National Audit Office and internal audit processes.

2.Business Tourism, Events/ Venue Management,  Non-Executive Director 

This role is to provide business tourism and event/venue industry expertise providing external market insight, advice and challenge. 


Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant senior leadership experience within the Business Events and Conference Industry; or experience of operating in a senior leadership/Board role in a medium to large commercial organisation; or strategic management or business development consultancy experience;  
  • Extensive management and leadership skills, including managing staff delivering a quality service;
  • Ability to strategically challenge, prioritise, and scrutinise both business and management performance;
  • Experience of engaging constructively with senior management, providing coaching and support as required; 
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Sales and/or Marketing experience both at a national and international level.

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter how they meet the selection criteria for the role, through their knowledge, skills and experience.

How to Apply

Please submit the required documentation listed at 1-3 below to by 11.00 pm on 3 July 2022. Late applications will not be considered. ​

Please ensure you include QEII Centre Non-Executive Director recruitmentas the subject line of your email. 

1.Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages). Include your education, professional qualifications and full employment history.

2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 pages). Please tailor setting out your suitability for the role(s) and how you meet the Selection Criteria.

3. Application and Diversity Information Form. This is an online form you must complete via this linkYou should declare any potential issues including conflicts of interest (perceived, potential or actual), this includes your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to the QEII, DLUHC or HM Government, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised. The Panel will explore your declarations during the interview process.  Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated. 

QEII NED Candidate Pack May 2022 (2)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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