Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) - 2 Chairs (1x South East; 1x West Scotland)

Body: Veterans UK
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sector: Defence
Location: South East England (The Counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and West Sussex) West Scotland (Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumbarton and Clydebank, East Dunbartonshire, City of Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Western Isles, Highlands.)
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The position is an unpaid appointment, but subsistence allowance and reasonable travelling expenses 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: The committees meet between 2 and 4 times per year and members are expected to be involved in a wide-ranging agenda of issues relating to the functions of the committee set out above.


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

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans has appointed Mr David Page as Chair of the West Scotland Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee and Mr Robert Nitsch as Chair of the South East Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee. The appointment will last for 3 years and will take effect from 24th September 2020 until 23rd September 2023.

Date: 15/10/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Announcement

    15/10/2020 at 12:00

  • Final Interview Date


Vacancy Description

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans is seeking to appoint new VAPC Chairpersons in South East England and West Scotland. Appointments will be for a term of 3 years. Are you the person we need, do you have the skills and would you like the opportunity to develop them further? If the answer is “Yes”, please apply as below

The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 geographical regions. Each Committee’s main function is to:

  • act as advocates for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant and associated measures at a local level
  • raise awareness, within their region, of the Armed Forces Covenant and associated measures, 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 serving personnel, veterans and their families in accessing local support services, provide assistance and guidance on the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and to provide an independent element to the Veterans UK complaints process relating to those schemes.
  • act as a conduit for local consultation by Ministers, the Ministry of Defence and Veterans UK on issues affecting recipients of pension from the War Pensions Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation scheme.

Person Specification

The role and the input of the VAPCs was cited in Lord Ashcroft’s Transition Review1 recommendations, with actions allocated to them as a body, going forward.

The VAPC Chairs and members play a central role in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families. .

Suitable candidates for the Chair roles may come from a wide range of backgrounds and, whilst knowledge of service life would be useful, it is not necessaryWhat is most important is that applicants should have a real commitment to supporting Veterans and their Families.

Candidates for the Chair roles will need to demonstrate the following skills:


effective leadership and management of meetings and

promoting a team approach

  • influencing and negotiating skills of a high level, partnership      outcomes
  • working and the ability to work in a collaborative way to achieve
  • the ability to work with military and civil authorities and other
  • major suppliers of direct assistance to Veterans
  • excellent all-round communication skills
  • the ability to consider complex issues.
  • the ability to look ahead and work with others to develop
  • Some knowledge of the following areas would be helpful but not essential as training and mentoring will be available:
  • Desirable:
  • practical plans.
  • the Government’s commitment to veterans as set out in the
  • Armed Forces Covenant.
  • provision of welfare and support and knowledge of the support   (South East and West Scotland)
  • environment in the area for which you are applying
  • some experience or knowledge of the War Disablement      Scheme in terms of policy impact.
  • Pension Scheme and/or the Armed forces Compensation
  • a knowledge of service life

Additional Information

A Public Appointment 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
  • give something back and contribute to the delivery of the highest

quality of public services in the public interest

How to Apply

Please complete and return the attached expression of interest, diversity monitoring form and guaranteed interview form along with a copy of your most recent CV and send as email attachments to:

If you have any questions or require further information please contact via the above email address.

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