Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art - 2 x Committee Members

Body: Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
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 Christober Baker and Stuart Lochead as Members of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art for four years from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.

Date: 15/10/2019

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  • Competition Launched


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    05/06/2019 at 10:00

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport seeks applications for two appointments 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’.


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.


Person Specification

General qualities sought

Candidates for the two posts 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. The outgoing members’ expertise being in British and European fine art (current member specialism’s detailed below).


  • 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.


  • Knowledge of UK collections of fine and decorative arts, and objects of cultural interest.


Desirable Criteria

  • An intimate understanding of the UK art trade OR Detailed knowledge of Scottish art and collections.


Additional Information

Departing Committee members

Lowell Libson (Art market and British works of 17th – 20th century); and Aidan Weston-Lewis ( Italian and Spanish art, particularly North Italian painting and drawing of the 16th and 17th century).


Biographies for all current committee members can be found in the full role specification, downloadable at the end of the advert. 


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 two 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.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 10am Wednesday 29th May 2019. Please note applications received after this date will not be considered.


Interviews will take place in Central London on 30th July 2019. Please note that DCMS do not reimburse travel expenses for attendance at interviews.


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


All applicants are expected to be familiar and compliant with the Seven Principles of Public Life.


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