The National Lottery Community Fund - Chair of Scotland Committee

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Body: The National Lottery Community Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The remuneration will be £24,000 per annum. The role is not pensionable. Expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay. We also hold a Board and Committee day once a year. Meetings take place in London and another location in the UK once or possibly twice a year therefore travel is required. The Scotland Committee meets seven times a year and has an annual away day. In addition, as a Board member and Scotland Chair you will meet with strategic partners, attend events and represent the Fund.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    24/07/2019

  • Closed for Applications

    21/08/2019 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift

    05/09/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    18/10/2019

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The National Lottery Community Fund’s core purpose is to support people and communities to thrive. This is delivered through our Strategic Framework, People in the Lead. 

The Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Every year we distribute £600 million raised by players of the National Lottery. In Scotland we make grants to a broad range of organisations ranging from small grants of under £10,000 through, National Lottery Awards for All Scotland through to large grants in excess of £500,000 investing in projects to develop community owned assets, tackle issues like loss, isolation and loneliness or deliver new approaches to supporting families through early intervention work. Almost all of our grants (97%) are made to voluntary and community sector organisations. Details of our programmes can be found here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding 

In Scotland in 2018/19 we awarded 1,098 grants worth over £50 million supporting organisations in every local authority in Scotland. Our commitment to supporting Scotland’s young people to thrive continued as we refreshed our Young Start fund, awarding £4 million to projects which put young people at the heart of planning and delivering activity. 

We are currently seeking a new chair of the Scotland Committee, who will also sit as a member of our UK Board. This is an exciting time as the Scotland portfolio begins to shape our funding strategy for 2021 and beyond while continuing to develop stronger local working, and a series of legacy funds begin to bear fruit in terms of learning and impact. 

This is mirrored Fund-wide as the organisation has gone through a period of change and development, making it well placed to deliver our ambitious plans to achieve the Fund’s purpose: supporting people and communities to thrive. The Fund has many of the building blocks in place and strives to learn, innovate and continuously improve in order to add even greater value to civil society and public life. We are uniquely placed to act as a catalyst, bring people together and make links between practitioners and policy makers. 

The organisation 

The National Lottery Community Fund is established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Fund, as set out in its Strategic Framework, People in the Lead and for the Fund’s governance. 

Funding decisions are delegated to five funding committees (UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and to Executive Officers, with the Board retaining strategic oversight for delivery of the Fund’s strategic framework: People in the Lead, and governance responsibility. 

Policy responsibility for The National Lottery Community Fund, including setting policy directions, rests with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Policy responsibility for The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland including setting policy directions, rests with The Scottish Government. 

Further information about the Fund’s Strategic Framework People in the Lead and its programmes can be found on our website

The role – Scotland Committee Chair 

  • Agree the strategic direction of the portfolio to deliver People in the Lead in Scotland in conjunction with the committee and executive team and in a manner which complements the Scottish context.
  • Bring insight and perspective to the executive to continually improve The Fund’s impact through world class funding approaches.
  • Ensure that programme and funding decisions fit within the Fund’s accountability framework, advised by the executive. 
  • Shape and sustain a committee of diverse and high-quality committee members who have appropriate knowledge and understanding of community and public life across Scotland. 
  • Ensure that the committee individually and collectively operates to the highest standards and performance. 
  • Oversee decisions on major funding applications and ensure effective oversight of delegated decisions. 
  • Review and reflect on the shape and development of the Scotland funding portfolio. 
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland. 
  • Ensure the Board is engaged in and aware of key issues and opportunities which impact the Fund’s work in Scotland 

Find out about the current Scotland Committee members on our website

Person Specification

Essential 

  • A deep and informed understanding of the charity and community sector in Scotland and the ability to engage with senior stakeholders therein along with senior stakeholders in the public and private sectors 
  • Experience of charitable and community funding 
  • Extensive experience of operating as a non-executive, including as a Chair 
  • An understanding of portfolio management, funding decision-making and oversight at a senior level 
  • First class communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to challenge constructively 
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of People in the Lead 

Desirable 

  • Experience of leading decision making about resources or funding at a significant scale. 
  • A strong grasp of the principles of corporate governance, regularity and accountability. 

Additional Information

Time Commitment 

The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay. We also hold a Board and Committee day once a year. Meetings take place in London and another location in the UK once or possibly twice a year therefore travel is required. 

The Scotland Committee meets seven times a year and has an annual away day. In addition, as a Board member and Scotland Chair you will meet with strategic partners, attend events and represent the Fund. 

Board and Committee members also provide informal support and advice to the executive drawing on their specific expertise and on occasion represent the Fund at events or assist the Fund with networking. The specific time commitment of individual Board members will be a matter for discussion with the Chair. 

The time commitment can be up to 60 days per year. 

The role is based in Glasgow with some travel to London.

Remuneration 

The remuneration will be £24,000 per annum. The role is not pensionable. Expenses will be paid. 

Length of Appointment 

The appointment is for up to four years. Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Scottish Ministers. 

Type of Appointment 

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has formal responsibility for the appointment of the members of the Board, in this case, with the agreement of Scottish Ministers. 

In line with the ‘The Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’ the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be kept informed of the progress of the public appointments process and will be responsible for the public appointment as the appointing authority. 

Role of the Board 

The Chair leads a Board of up to 12 members appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Board’s role is: 

Overall strategy and policy setting 

  • To agree long-term strategy and the key policies of the organisation. 

Accountability 

  • To ensure the highest standards of governance and that the board and its committees discharge their responsibilities. 
  • To observe the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Cabinet Office Code of Conduct for non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), comply with all statutory responsibilities and demonstrate that it has discharged its responsibilities to the public and to Parliament. 

Challenge and support the executive 

  • To hold the executive team accountable for the overall performance of the organisation against agreed longer term strategic objectives. 
  • To select and support the Chief Executive, be a source of wise guidance and advice, and challenge and support the executive. 

Effectiveness 

  • To agree the Fund’s annual operating plan and budget, monitor progress and approve corrective actions. 
  • To agree the distribution of funds between the nations (including UK-wide funding). 
  • To ensure that risk is controlled and monitored. 

Ambassadorial/reputational 

  • To be ambassadors for the organisation, within guidelines agreed by the board and executive. 
  • To enhance and protect the reputation of the Fund.
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