The National Lottery Community Fund - Chair of the Board

Body: The National Lottery Community Fund
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Meetings usually take place in London and on occasion in other locations in the UK. Some travel is required to attend meetings and events across the UK.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair’s remuneration will be £40,000 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. In addition, the Chair chairs the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. The Chair also provides support and advice to the Chief Executive, represents the Fund at events and with senior stakeholders and fulfils an ambassadorial role. The time commitment can be up to two days a week or 96 days a year.


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

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  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/08/2019 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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 portfolio 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 the nations.

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


The Role

  • Provide leadership to the Board and wider non-executive group across the UK, ensuring that its funding approach is world class and has the greatest possible impact
  • Ensure that Board members fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Shape and sustain a group of diverse and high-quality Board members whose skills and experience are appropriately deployed
  • Is involved in the appointment of Board members and review their performance
  • Lead the appointment and appraisal of the Chief Executive and provide support, advice, and challenge to her/him and her/his executive team
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account for the overall performance of the Fund
  • Drive effective relationships with senior stakeholders from for example Government, Parliament, devolved administrations, civil society, and the media and opinion formers
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund


Person Specification


  • A deep and informed understanding of the charity and community sectors
  • A strong track record of strategic leadership in civil society, public service, or business
  • The ability to engage with senior leaders in civil society, business, politics and public life
  • Experience of chairing a Board effectively
  • First class communication and interpersonal skills



  • Previous experience of funding
  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of People in the Lead
  • Familiarity with operating at the scale of The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Experience of building and leading diverse and inclusive organisations
  • A strong grasp of corporate governance, regularity and accountability with regards to NDPBs


Additional Information

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for up to 4 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.


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 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.



How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document;
  • The Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity monitoring form. The Diversity Form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest Form, and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Completed applications should be sent to: , please put ‘National Lottery Community Fund – Board Chair’ in the subject title.

Alternatively, they can be posted to Public Appointments Team, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.



For queries about your application, or the application process, please contact


If you are not completely satisfied

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Supporting information

This process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA‘s) Code of Practice. All applicants are expected to have adhered to the Seven Principles of Public Life.


The National Lottery Community Fund Board Chair role spec 05 19 V4
Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies 2019 WEB (1)
Conflicts of Interest Form 2018
OCPA-July-2018-Monitoring-Form- FINAL
Privacy Notice- Public Appointments 2018 - applicants
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
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