Ofcom - Non-Executive Board Member for Wales

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Body: Ofcom
Appointing Department: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £42,519 for up to 2 days a week
Time Requirements: up to 2 days a week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    07/11/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    23/11/2018

  • Panel Sift

    tbc

  • Final Interview Date

    12/12/2018

  • Announcement

    TBC

Vacancy Description

The Role

  • A member of Ofcom’s Main Board, the appointee will also serve on one or more committees (Audit & Risk/Remuneration/Nominations), as well as attend meetings of the Advisory Committee for Wales and meetings of the Nations Committee.
  • The individual will be appointed as a Member of the Ofcom Board by Welsh 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 appointee will 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, fixed-line and mobile telecoms, postal services and spectrum.

 

Person Specification

The Individual

  • The appointee will have an interest in, or understanding of, the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, or similar, large-scale commercial or public-sector undertakings. They will possess an understanding of issues affecting the communications sector in Wales, as well as knowledge and understanding of the political and constitutional context in Wales.
  • With an ability to understand the business and economic principles underpinning the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal sectors in the digital environment, the appointee will ideally possess an understanding or experience of the disruptive nature of fast-moving technological innovation, and of the potential market effects and structural shifts which this can cause.
  • Experienced in operating at Board level and a natural team player, the appointee will be familiar with governance processes, structures and procedures and with the UK Corporate Governance Code. The appointee should also be familiar with engaging with Parliaments and Governments, including in a devolved context.
  • Whilst the ability to speak Welsh is not an essential requirement for this role, a thorough understanding and an appreciation of the needs of those who speak Welsh and Ofcom’s obligations to deliver services bilingually in Wales is essential. Additionally, 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.
  • Possessing sound judgement and decision-making, and a person of high integrity, the appointee will possess a demonstrable understanding of Ofcom’s need to make independent judgements under pressure. Additionally, the appointee will be able to evidence no conflicts arising from any commercial or political interests.

 

Key Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • understanding of issues affecting the communications sector in Wales;
  • knowledge and understanding of the political and constitutional context in Wales;
  • 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 a player working with the Chairman and other colleagues;
  • familiar with governance processes, structures and procedures and with the UK Corporate Governance Code;
  • whilst the ability to speak Welsh is not an essential requirement for this role, a thorough understanding and an appreciation of the needs of those who speak Welsh and Ofcom’s obligations to deliver services bilingually in Wales is essential;
  • 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

Organisational Overview 

Ofcom

  • Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK. It regulates the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. It ensures that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, whilst ensuring competition can thrive.
  • Ofcom operates under several Acts of Parliament, including, in particular, the Communications Act 2003. Ofcom must act within the powers and duties set for it by Parliament in legislation. Ofcom’s principal duty under the Communications Act is to further the interests of citizens and consumers, where appropriate, by promoting competition. Meeting this duty is at the heart of everything it does.
  • The sectors it regulates have seen and continue to see rapid change. This is in the form of the deployment of faster broadband networks and the uptake of new TV services and devices which are rapidly becoming common for many consumers.
  • Ofcom’s operating budget for the financial year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 was £121.7 million with a staff of 897. Ofcom is accountable to Parliament but is independent of both Government and those it regulates.
  • Ofcom’s main decision-making body is its Board (main Board), which provides strategic direction for the organisation. The main Board is supported by several other Boards and Committees that oversee its work nation-wide and within the devolved nations. These are listed here.
  • Ofcom has a statutory duty to consider in its decisions, the views and interests of those who live in different parts of the UK. Its operations in the nations are led by a senior Director in Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast and London. Its national offices can draw on the full resources of the whole organisation to tackle issues that affect one part of the UK. Conversely, those operations ensure that the views, needs and special circumstances of the nations receive Ofcom’s attention.
  • An advisory committee in each nation provides Ofcom with detailed and expert insights into the particular challenges faced by citizens and consumers in different parts of the UK. National interests are also represented by members of Ofcom’s Content Board and the Communications Consumer Panel.

 

Advisory Committee for Wales (ACW)

ACW advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of people living in Wales. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis, and minutes of meetings are provided to the Ofcom Board.

The remit of ACW is to:

  • seek to identify issues affecting the communications and postal sectors in Wales, both collectively as a Committee and individually for Members, with particular reference to the sectors where they have particular knowledge or expertise;
  • to provide advice to Ofcom about general and specific issues concerning the communications and postal sectors arising within Wales;
  • to provide advice and comment as required on matters brought to the Committee by Ofcom;
  • to offer comment as appropriate on consultations undertaken by Ofcom;
  • where requested by the Content Board, to provide specific advice to that Board on matters relating to television, radio and other content on services regulated by Ofcom;
  • when so requested by the Ofcom Board, to provide advice to the Communications Consumer Panel on matters affecting consumers in Wales in the communications sector;
  • to produce an annual report reflecting issues within the communications and postal sectors in Wales.

Further information, to include biographies of current members can be viewed here. The Committee is currently setting its meeting dates for the remainder of 2019. The next two meetings are taking place on 4 December 2018 and 14 March 2019.

 

Full details of the advert can be found here.

 

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