Ofcom - Main Board Member for Scotland

Body: Ofcom
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The fee for the role for up to 2 days a week is £42, 519 per annum. All reasonable and properly documented expenses incurred in performing the duties of this role will be reimbursed in accordance with Ofcom’s expenses policy.
Time Requirements: This appointment is for up to 4 years. The successful candidate must be prepared to commit to one to two days per week. In addition to attending meetings of the Board, the new member will be expected to serve on one or more Board Committees (including the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees).The appointee will be expected to strengthen understanding of technological innovation and related commercial models, in addition to associated policy and regulatory issues on the Main Board, represent audiences in Scotland and work with Board colleagues from the Nations. The successful candidate therefore will be expected to play a key role in respect of the Nations Committee and be willing to chair it if called upon, in addition to attending the Advisory Committee for Scotland.


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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ofcom is seeking to further strengthen and balance the skills around the Board table with a new Board appointment during 2017.

The individual will have a business/commercial background, ideally with an interest in or understanding of the telecommunications sector or similar large scale service or retail undertakings. The individual should be at ease with fast moving high technology environments where innovation is commonplace and value chains are being constantly adapted and disrupted. The ability to translate technology innovation into potential market effects and structural shifts would be an advantage. He/she should understand the consumer interest in such environments.

This individual will also be expected to understand and participate in all 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 individual will be appointed as a Member of the Ofcom Board by Scottish Ministers (following consultation with the Secretary of State) and will have the same UK-wide responsibilities as all other non-executive Members of the Board. The appointed person will be able to contribute strongly to Board consideration of the wider context of challenges that face poorly served consumers across the UK e.g. people living in remote rural areas. They should also be familiar with engaging with Parliaments and Governments, including in a devolved context.

Person Specification

The candidate will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • understanding of issues affecting the communications sector in Scotland;
  • knowledge and understanding of the political and constitutional context in Scotland;
  • the ability to understand 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; and
  • 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 appointment will be made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. Applications are welcome from individuals from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, from women and from disabled people. Candidates must have no conflicts arising from any commercial or political interests. Prior to making the appointment, Scottish Ministers will consult the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who is responsible for other Ofcom Board appointments.

How to Apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Ofcom on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference QYXE. The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 20 July 2017. If you are unable to apply through the website, please email belinda.beck@saxbam.com quoting reference QYXE.

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