Qualifications Wales - Appointment of Chair

Body: Qualifications Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: Qualifications Wales is located in Newport where most meetings will be held
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post of Chair is remunerated at £337 per day for a time commitment in the region of 5 days per month. Qualifications Wales will have a scheme to reimburse subsistence expenses, and other expenses necessarily incurred on business. You will be entitled to claim travel and other reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out work on the in accordance with this scheme. You may also be eligible to claim reimbursement for costs in relation to child care/care of the elderly/assistant carer, whilst carrying out work on behalf of the Body. The appointment is not pensionable.
Time Requirements: 5 days per month


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

Date: 12/07/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/03/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    12/07/2019 at 11:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Qualifications Wales is seeking a Chair who will lead the Board, and, together with them will continue to set the strategic direction for Qualifications Wales and monitor the delivery of the organisation’s business strategy, plans and performance objectives. The Board will be responsible for steering and developing the overall work of the organisation, while the Chief Executive will manage its day to day running.

The work of the Board is supported by four committees: Audit & Risk Assurance; Resources; Regulation, and Remuneration.

In addition to Chairing the Board, the Chair may be required to attend other committees. The appointee will be required to work in the region of 5 days per month.

Key Responsibilities

These will include:

providing vision and strategic leadership;
chairing meetings and supporting the development of the Board, ensuring an appropriate balance of skills and experience;
ensuring that the Board is effective in working with the Executive to develop strategy and corporate business plans that are properly scrutinised and monitored;
working with the Chief Executive, in their role as Accounting Officer, ensure that appropriate governance arrangements are implemented in line with best practice and the requirements of a public body;
ensuring that governance arrangements deliver the legal responsibilities, functions and duties placed on the body by Statute;
working closely with the Chief Executive to ensure a relevant organisational strategy remains in place;
working closely with the Chief Executive continue to build and mature the organisations culture and positive approach to its work;
overseeing the work of the Chief Executive, providing appropriate support as necessary, including managing their performance;  and
representing the Body externally and fostering close working relationships with key stakeholders.

The Chair will be responsible for ensuring that they and the Board collectively and individually adhere to the Nolan Principles of public life. They are:

Openness; and

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.


An outstanding record of leadership, organisational transformation and development at Board level or equivalent in a complex organisation;
Experience of leading the development and implementation of strategies aimed at achieving organisational goals;
Demonstrable interest in education and understanding of the education system in Wales;
Excellent track record of inspiring and enthusing staff and stakeholders that demonstrates an inclusive and collaborative approach including working in partnership with staff representatives;
Leading or being part of the leadership in developing organisational cultures;
An exceptional ability to communicate, including handling the media and wider public audiences, and building relationships at all levels. Strong interpersonal skills are required, including the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence;
A track record of managing complex and challenging relationships at a senior level in a multi-stakeholder environment;
Well-developed analytical reasoning skills and judgment based on an expert ability to process and interpret complex and often technical information;
Able to demonstrate leadership and a creative and pro-active approach to problem solving with a high level of professionalism;
Ability to ensure that the organisation’s financial dealings are prudently and systematically accounted for, audited and publicly available showing a commitment to transparency and openness;
Understanding of the public sector context and understanding of and commitment to the principles of public life; and
Able to demonstrate a track record of commitment to and notable delivery against principles of equality and diversity.


Understanding of the constraints imposed by operating in the public sector;
Understanding of the culture and heritage of Wales and a commitment to ensuring that, along with its language, they are reflected in the working of the organisation; and
Experience of working in a regulatory environment.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Bodies Unit on PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

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