Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art (RCEWA) - Committee Member

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: This post is not salaried. However, Committee members’ travel expenses, incurred through attending meetings, are paid.
Time Requirements: Approximately 10 to 12 meetings a year (usually held on the first Wednesday of each month) which may last up to a day. In addition, members will need to put aside time to consider casework and policy issues.


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

The Secretary of State has appointed Pippa Shirley as a Member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art (RCEWA) for a term of four years commencing on 15 October 2018.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    05/11/2018 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport seeks applications for a board appointment to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.



The Committee is a non-statutory, independent advisory body whose main role is to advise the Secretary of State whether a cultural object which is the subject of an export licence is of national importance under the ‘Waverley criteria’. These are as follows:

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Is it closely connected with our history and national life? Is it of outstanding aesthetic importance? Is it of outstanding significance for the study of some particular branch of art, learning or history?
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The Committee reaches a view on the merits of any object which one of the Secretary of State’s expert advisers refers to it. If the Committee finds that an item meets at least one of the Waverley criteria, it will recommend to the Secretary of State that the decision on the export licence should be deferred for a specified period. This will allow institutions and private individuals in the UK a chance to raise the money to purchase the item to enable it to remain in this country.


Membership and terms of reference of the Committee

The Committee consists of eight permanent members, seven of whom have particular expertise in one or more subject areas such as paintings, furniture, and manuscripts, and a Chair. Its terms of reference are as follows:

  • To advise on the principles which should govern the control of export of objects of cultural interest under the Export Control Act 2002 and on the operation of the export control system generally;
  • To advise the Secretary of State on all cases where refusal of an export licence for an object of cultural interest is suggested on grounds of national importance;
  • To advise in cases where a special Exchequer grant is needed towards the purchase of an object that would otherwise be exported.


Term of Appointment

Committee members are appointed for a term of 4 years.


Person Specification

General qualities sought

Candidates for the post will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and expertise:

  • An ability to assess objectively whether cultural objects brought before the Reviewing Committee meet the Waverley criteria.
  • An interest in the UK’s moveable cultural heritage, a broad understanding of its variety and range and the issues surrounding its protection.
  • An understanding of the need to maintain the confidentiality of Committee meetings.


Essential Expertise

  • An in depth knowledge and understanding of Works of Art and other cultural objects to complement the expertise currently on the Committee.
  • Experience of strategic thinking and making decisions at a senior level in order to help the committee to provide policy advice on the export of works of art..


Desirable Criteria

  • A good understanding of the UK art trade.
  • Knowledge of UK collections.
  • Good knowledge of the decorative arts.


Additional Information

The closing date for applications is 11th July 2018.

For further information on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, please contact Peter Rowlands on 0207 268 9671 or

If you have any questions on the appointments process, please contact Christabel Austen on 0207 211 2275 or


How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A copy of your CV, of no more than two sides
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two sides, that evidences how you meet all the criteria in the Person Specification. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the required criteria. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible, within a limit of two sides.
  • You should also complete the separate disclosure forms providing details of any political activity, conflicts of interest, diversity monitoring form, and details of any public appointments held currently.


Please ensure you include preferred telephone number, as well as a preferred e-mail address, which will be used with discretion.

Applications should be emailed to: Please include ‘RCEWA’ in the subject heading.   If you are unable to apply online, please post applications to: Public Appointments, DCMS, 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ

The appointments process will be conducted under the Governance Code on Public Appointments, and regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, which is based on three core principles of merit, openness and fairness.


Please note DCMS does not reimburse travel or accommodation expenses. 

Role specification
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