Non-Executive Member of the Executive Committee, Army Board

Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sector: Defence
Location: Meetings are usually held in Andover, Hampshire or Whitehall, London. Occasional travel to other military establishments may also be required. Currently we are adhering to Government guidelines for COVID-19 for social distancing and video links may be used
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: A daily fee of £600, up to and not exceeding an annual maximum of £15,000. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed in line with the policy of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Time Requirements: The post requires a core commitment of 7 meetings per annum, with the potential need for other meeting attendance. This will be no more than 25 days a year

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    7th and 8th October 2020

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

As Non-Executive Member, your key responsibilities will be to:

• Provide independent advice, support and challenge to ECAB to encourage innovative thinking and efficiency in the approach toward the delivery of the Army’s outputs, Balance of Investment Decisions, Annual Budgetary Cycle planning and In-Year Financial Decisions/Considerations;
• Support CGS by constructively challenging and contributing to the development of strategy and planning, including the development of key objectives and targets;
• Work with ECAB to scrutinise and evaluate progress against agreed goals and objectives, including finance and efficiency targets as part of Departmental Performance and Risk Reporting;
• Provide constructive challenge and support to CGS in the consideration of any command and administrative decisions that fall within the remit of ECAB and that recommendations and considerations presented to the Army Board for decision are transparent and evidence-based;
• Work with ECAB to monitor performance of key intermediate suppliers against agreed plans and hold them to account for their performance. Support and challenge any action plans to manage consequences where performance standards or expectations have not been achieved.
• See Annex C in the more detailed pack available below for full Terms of Reference for the ECAB.

Person Specification

This high-profile role would suit somebody who is passionate about Defence and the National Security agenda and knows how to bring about change in large, complex organisations. The duration of the appointment will be 3 years, which is expected to be a busy period for the Army.


The successful candidate will need to work collaboratively with ECAB members to ensure that the Army not only achieves its ambitious transformation and change agenda, but also responds to the findings and implements the recommendations from the forthcoming Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review and the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020 (currently paused owing to the Government’s ongoing response to COVID-19; dates to be confirmed but likely to be later in 2020).


International in outlook and experience, you will have a background in strategy and innovation and, whilst not essential, experience in the digital and technology sector would be welcome. You will also have a proven track record of leading complex, delivery-focused organisations through change at both executive and non-executive level.


The successful candidate must abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life (Annex A in the more detailed pack available below) and the Code of Conduct for Board Members:



  • Essential criteria

Candidates must demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

  • Board-level experience in a large, complex and changing environment;
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to build positive, productive relationships and contribute effectively at Board level;
  • The ability to think strategically and provide robust and reasoned challenge, bringing insights and diversity of thought;
  • An understanding of the economic and political environment within which the public sector operates;
  • Ability to champion change and learning, while helping the Board think through the risks and mitigations; and
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in a sensitive and complex area and be able to confidently defend decisions under scrutiny.

Desirable criteria

The following criteria are also desirable:

  • Experience in the digital and technology sector, preferably with experience of delivering large-scale transformation initiatives.
  • Experience of working in a regulatory environment.


Additional Information

The Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB) is the principle decision-making forum through which the Head of the Army (the Chief of the General Staff (CGS)) exercises command and focuses on the business aspects of the Army from strategy and future force development through to portfolio direction and in-year financial management. It also prepares CGS for his quarterly performance and risk-reporting meetings with the Departmental Permanent Secretary and Chief of Defence Staff.

Its responsibilities are to:

• Determine the Army’s Strategy, Annual Command Plan and its priorities;
• Agree Army sub-strategies to ensure coherence with the Army’s Strategy and Plan;
• Review the Army’s Performance, Risk and Assurance at least quarterly and conduct a deep dive on each risk at least annually;
• Agree the Annual Budgetary Cycle/Balance of Investment decisions and monitor in-year financial forecasts;
• Determine Army Organisation, structure and laydown;
• In its role as Portfolio Direction Group, ensure that the Army Portfolio delivers its desired outcomes and benefits by:

– Directing top-level change within the Army’s Portfolio (equipment, infrastructure and non-equipment change programmes);
– Providing oversight of ECAB-level programmes through deep dives where the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) provides an update on progress, issues and risks;
– Endorsing the priority and funding of new initiatives; and,
– Reviewing issues raised by the Portfolio Progress Committee.

• As the Military Strategy Board:

– Agree Land Commitments Planning Guidance for contingent capability, Defence Engagement activity and emerging operations;
– Agree the Army Commitments Priority Matrix to inform force preparation for readiness, interoperability activity and force development activity; and,
– Consider reports raised from its sub-committees.



  • Time commitment and remuneration

The post requires a core commitment of 7 meetings per annum, with the potential need for other meeting attendance. This will be no more than 25 days a year, for which the daily fee is £600, up to and not exceeding an annual maximum of £15,000. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed in line with the policy of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Appointment term

The appointment will be for a period of 3 years. There is a possibility of re-appointment, for no more than a further 3 years, subject to a satisfactory annual appraisal of performance assessed by the Chief of the General Staff of the MOD. Likely start date will be October/November 2020. Acceptance of the appointment does not constitute employment with the MOD or Civil Service.


Meetings are usually held in Andover, Hampshire or Whitehall, London. Occasional travel to other military establishments may also be required. Currently we are adhering to Government guidelines for COVID-19 for social distancing and video links may be used.

Termination of appointment

The successful candidate may resign at any time by notice in writing to the Chief of the General Staff of the MOD. Subsequently, the Chief of the General Staff of the MOD can remove you from office if you fail to perform the duties required in line with the standards expected in public office.


You will be subject to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act and required to exercise care in the use of official information acquired in the course of official duties, and not to disclose information which is held in confidence.


How to Apply



  • This is a Non-Regulated appointment and is run in line with the 2016 Governance Code on Public Appointments and follows OCPA process as best practice;
  • The Governance Code is based on three core principles – merit, openness and fairness;
  • Interviews would usually take place in Army HQ, Andover or Whitehall, London. However, owing to COVID-19, it is likely that interviews will be conducted remotely via video link. Further details about the format will be provided to you in advance;
  • The Interview Panel composition can be found in the more detailed pack available below;
  • The decision to appoint to this role rests with the Chief of the General Staff;
  • A candidate reserve list will be held for 12 months and may be used for similar roles that occur in the future;
  • Candidates will be able to claim for reasonable expenses incurred travelling to and from the interview should a face-to-face interview take place. Claim forms will be provided with invitations to interview.

If you wish to apply for this appointment, please supply the following via the ‘Apply Now’ button on the following link :–army-board.html

  • A CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum font size 12) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications;
  • A short supporting statement in the Expression of Interest form (Annex D – available below – maximum two sides A4, minimum font size 12) explaining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria (page 8 of the detailed pack available below). Make sure you refer to the contents of the information pack and provide specific examples which demonstrate proven expertise or ability. Please ensure that your full name and the reference number are clearly stated at the top of your CV and additional papers.
  • Details for two referees (also on Annex D) and any conflict of interest (see further information in the more detailed pack and Annex B).
  • The Diversity Monitoring form (Annex E), including stating any political activity.


  • References will be taken up if candidates are invited to an interview. You should ensure that they have given their permission for their names to be used.
  • If you are applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) you will need to meet the minimum criteria for the role as determined by the Panel. This will guarantee an invite to an interview. To ensure fairness, the Interview Panel will not be informed who has applied under the GIS until they have set the minimum criteria at the start of the sift meeting. Please tick the GIS Box in the Expression of Interest form.
  • If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments to enable an interview, please advise us when you return your application.
  • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, postal applications cannot be accepted for this role. Please contact WIG via or 0207 222 1166 if you have any issues.
  • Please note: It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your application by the closing date.
  • If you have queries about any aspect of this role, the recruitment process or you wish to have an informal discussion, then please contact
  • The deadline for applications is 11:59pm, Thursday 20 August 2020;
  • A short-listing meeting will be held on Thursday 10 September 2020;
  • Candidate interviews will take place on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October 2020.
  • The successful candidate is currently scheduled to commence the appointment on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

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

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