Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees (VAPC) - North East - Member

Body: VAPC
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Defence
Location: North East
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 7
Remuneration: Reasonable travelling and loss of earnings allowances will be paid for up to 15 days per year and limited to £25.77 for under 4 hours per day or £51.54 for over 4 hours per day.
Time Requirements: You will be expected to attend 2 - 4 Committee Meetings per year. However, the veterans’ arena is a huge space and there is always more that can be done; the VAPC role can therefore take as much of your time as you are willing and able to give.


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

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans has appointed Lt Col Colin Gordon and Lt Col James Turner to the North East Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee. The appointments will last for 3 years and will take effect from 17 June 2022 until 16 June 2025.

Date: 14/07/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    07/02/2022 – 14/02/2022

  • Final Interview Date


  • Pre-Appointment


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 regional committees. Each Committee’s main functions, underpinned by a blend of statutory provision and interim Terms of Referencei signed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans  are to:
    • act as advocates for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant ( and work in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders to develop and deliver associated measures associated measures within the region
    • raise awareness, within their region, of the Armed Forces Covenant and associated issues, the War Pension Scheme, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, the Veterans Welfare Service and the availability of cross-Government support to the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans
    • assist veterans and their families in accessing local support services and to provide assistance and guidance to individuals in accessing the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. To provide an independent element to the Veterans UK complaints process relating to those schemes.
    • based on their involvement in the wider process and their contact with individuals in the local areas, act as a conduit for local consultation by Ministers, the Ministry of Defence and the Veterans UK on issues affecting recipients of a pension/compensation from the War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes. 


    [1] It is intended to review the Terms of Reference in Oct 22 with a view to broadening the role into Statute.


Person Specification

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following:



  • an ability to contribute to a committee setting by bringing fresh ideas to the table and by actively and constructively contributing to discussions in meetings and;
  • good all-round communication skills and be able to consider complex issues.
  • an ability to look ahead and work with others to develop practical plans.
  • an understanding of the Government’s commitment to veterans as set out in the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • a real commitment to supporting Veterans and their Families



  • some experience or knowledge of service pensions and/or compensation schemes in terms of policy impact.
  • a knowledge of service life


Additional Information

A Public Appointment1 will give you a chance to:

  • help make decisions that affect people’s lives
  • help make a difference and change things for the better in the public interest
  • contribute your skills, expertise and experience for the benefit of society
  • develop new skills, learn about new subjects and enhance your confidence
  • meet a new range of people in different walks of life
  • develop your career, for example, by gaining public sector board experience
  • refocus your career, for example, if you have returned from a career break or maternity/paternity leave
  • generally, give something back and contribute to the delivery of the highest quality of public services in the public interest.

A photo ID check will be carried out on all those interviewed by the Advisory Assessment Panel Chair. Further details will be given in the invitations to interview.

Those appointed will be subject to a Baseline Personnel Security Standard check and a Criminal Records Bureau Check They must also sign the Official Secrets Act


How to Apply

To apply please read the attached Candidate Information pack then submit the following documents by email to FAO George Voss quoting reference number 45493_VAPC_NE_MEMBER.

  • Expression of Interest form
  • Diversity Monitoring Form
  • Current CV
45943_VAPC_NE_MEMBER_Disable Confident Scheme Declaration_OSP
45943_VAPC_NE_MEMBER_Diversity Monitoring Form_OSP
45943_VAPC_NE_MEMBER_Expression of Interest_OSP
45943_VAPC_NE_MEMBER_Campaign information pack_OSP
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