Ofcom - Deputy Chair

Announced
Body: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £70, 000 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 2.5 days a week

Announcement

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

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Maggie Carver as Deputy Chair and Dr Angela Dean as the Audit and Risk Board Member of Ofcom, each for a term of four years starting from 30 September 2018.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    03/05/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    31/05/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    04/07/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    25/07/2018

  • Announcement

    24/09/2018 at 10:00

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair and further strengthen and balance the skills around the Board table with this crucial appointment during 2018.

The person will be expected to have non-executive experience with an excellent understanding of good corporate governance as well as the ability to understand, and participate in, all of the Board’s discussions across its entire remit, including the impact of convergence on regulation across broadcasting including the BBC, fixed-line and mobile telecoms, postal services and spectrum. The appointed person will be able to strongly contribute to Board consideration of the wider context of challenges that face poorly-served consumers across the UK. They should also be familiar with engaging with legislators and government.

In addition to the normal responsibilities of all Board members the role has two fundamental components:

  • standing in for the Chairman at times in his absence and
  • conducting on behalf of the Board the annual review of the Chairman’s performance.

 

Among the responsibilities that the Deputy Chair might have to fulfil, in standing in for the Chair are:

  • leadership of the Board, setting values and standards, maintaining a relationship of trust with the Executive, ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role including the setting of the strategic agenda;
  • ensuring that all members receive accurate, timely and clear information;
  • ensuring that all members continually update their skills and the knowledge and familiarity with Ofcom required to fulfil their role both on the Board and on committees;
  • facilitating the effective contribution of non-executive members in holding the Executive to account, and ensuring constructive relations between executive and non-executive members;
  • Ensuring that Ofcom complies with all relevant aspects of the FRC Code on good governance.

 

As background, the candidate specification for the Ofcom Chair position is attached in Annex 1 in the full candidate pack.

Person Specification

As a minimum, candidates will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • non-executive experience with an excellent understanding of good corporate governance
  • an ability to understand the issues affecting the communications sector;
  • a grasp of the business and economic principles underpinning the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal sectors in the digital environment;
  • sound judgement and decision-making to ensure successful delivery in a highly complex organisation;
  • an appreciation of the competitive and consumer dynamics of these fast-changing sectors;
  • the ability to operate at Board level and be team players working with the Chairman and other colleagues;
  • knowledge and understanding of the political and constitutional context;
  • personal integrity of a high order; demonstrable understanding of Ofcom’s need to make independent judgements under pressure; no conflicts arising from any commercial or political interests.

Additional Information

The Ofcom Board currently comprises nine Directors. There are currently six Non-Executive Directors including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and three Executive Directors. A further three non-executive directors will be appointed to the Board in due course by the Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive.

It provides strategic direction to the organisation, and has oversight of Ofcom’s statutory duties and responsibilities, its adherence to the principles of good corporate governance and Ofcom’s commitment to carrying out its duties with independence and impartiality.

The Board acts on a collective basis. It takes decisions after considering recommendations made to it by the Ofcom Executive, which has operational responsibility and answers to the Board. The Board Procedures are published online. The work of both the Board and Executive is informed by the contribution of several advisory bodies.

The Board meets monthly (except August). Meetings are held on a Tuesday normally from 9.00am to 2pm. There are also a number of Board sub-committees on which members are expected to sit.

The Ofcom Board meetings are formal: agendas and notes/minutes of meetings are published regularly on Ofcom’s website. Meetings are usually held at Ofcom’s London offices. Board members will sometimes be expected to attend meetings/functions in the devolved Nations.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

 

Completed applications should be sent to: publicappointments@culture.gov.uk. Please put ‘Ofcom trustee – Deputy Chair’ in the subject title. Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Please note DCMS does not fund travel and subsistence for candidates attending interviews.

Attachments
Deputy Chair -candidate pack - Final
Deputy Chair Ministerial message
Code of Conduct for Board Members April 2011
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
Conflicts of interest guidance (3)
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
OCPA-July-2017-Monitoring-Form
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
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