President - National Library of Wales

Body: National Library of Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: The President’s activities will vary from week to week. They will undertake the role remotely and from the National Library of Wales’ buildings in Aberystwyth as required. There may be times when the President is required to travel to meetings and events
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The President will be remunerated based on a fee of £337 per day. Travel and other reasonable expenses that might be incurred in carrying out the role can also be claimed from the Library
Time Requirements: 1 day a week
Closing Date: 10/01/2022 16:00
Interviews: February 2022

Vacancy Description

This is a high-profile, strategic and influential role in the cultural sector in Wales.
The new President will join the National Library of Wales during a period of change
as the findings of the 2020 tailored review are addressed and as the Library moves to implement its new five year strategic plan for 2021-2026. National Library of Wales: Tailored review of the National Library of Wales | GOV. WALES

The President is accountable to the Deputy Minister for Arts and Sports, and Chief
Whip for the National Library’s performance and for the delivery of strategic
priorities. Developing a close relationship with the Deputy Minister and key members of the Welsh Government is a crucial part of the role.

The position requires a person of stature and vision, capable of leading a national
institution in a senior non-executive role, and of being an advocate for the Library with its key stakeholders. The President acts as a spokesperson, a representative and a figurehead for the Library, operating with tact, diplomacy and well-practiced powers of persuasion.

The President is the Chair of the Board, and ensures that business is dealt with
effectively and efficiently. He / she ensures that the Board is fit for purpose, offering appropriate scrutiny and a strategic steer. The President is responsible for ensuring that Trustees receive induction, training, and performance assessments, and comply with governance requirements under the Royal Charter, Charities Act, and the Board’s Code of Conduct. The President also represents the Library at joint public appointments processes with the Welsh Government to select new Trustees.

At the Library, the President chairs the Appointments and Remuneration Committee (which oversees Trustee and senior staff appointments, including that of the National Librarian) and is also a member of the Governance and Performance Committee, the Financial Planning committee, and of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Part of the President’s role is establishing a strong and supportive working
relationship with the Library’s Chief Executive and National Librarian and with the
senior executive, providing advice, support and challenge, but whilst respecting
executive responsibility.

From time to time, the President will represent the Library in the Welsh and English media, during visits by senior public figures, and at the opening of exhibitions and events.

The President must always be able to work comfortably and effectively within the
bilingual cultural, political, social and economic context in which the Library operates.

Person Specification

We are seeking someone who:
 demonstrates an understanding, a commitment, and an enthusiasm for the
Library’s work and for Wales’ cultural sector;
 has an awareness of Welsh Government policies and strategies and of how
they influence the work of the Library and the culture sector as a whole;
 has extensive leadership skills and experience of driving change;
 has a commitment to equality issues and to challenging discriminatory
 has a commitment to Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life;
 is able to communicate effectively with the Library’s audiences in both Welsh
and English.

Essential Criteria:
 Demonstrates a commitment to the values and the vision of the National Library
of Wales, and an appreciation of its role and purpose as a national institution in
Wales, including the cultural, learning, health and well-being, economic and
socio-political contexts in which it operates; and an understanding of its
obligations under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;
 can evidence strong interpersonal, communication and stakeholder
management skills, including ambassadorial skills;
 committed to increasing diversity and promoting equality, identifying relevant
experience to develop an inclusive and diverse Board;
 Has experience of developing strategic partnerships, and of outreach and
engagement activity who will drive the agenda of ensuring the Library serves
and represents the diverse communities and regions of Wales;
 demonstrates senior leadership skills and the ability to provide effective support
and challenge to a high profile organisation;
 demonstrates the ability to think and operate strategically;
 demonstrates a thorough understanding of good governance;
 demonstrates business and commercial acumen and experience of incomegenerating activities (including fundraising);
 has experience of operating at a senior level in a complex, multi-disciplinary

How to Apply

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

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