Vice President - National Library of Wales

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: There may be times when the Vice President is required to travel to meetings and events
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role of Vice President, is currently unremunerated. Travel and other reasonable expenses that might be incurred in carrying out the role can be claimed from the Library.
Time Requirements: 18 days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/10/2021 at 18:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • The Vice President will assist the President in leading the overall direction of the Board and take on the roles of the President if he/she is absent.
  • Chairing other Library Committees and/or in the absence of the appointed Chair.
  • Along with the President, act as a main point of contact between the Board and the Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip and Government officials.
  • Supporting the President as required in liaising with other officers and members of the Board, and with the Library’s senior executive team. The Vice President will also have an important role to play in scrutinising, challenging and supporting the executive to meet the Library’s aims, objectives and targets.
  • Participate in the corporate planning process, including agreeing annual budget plans for operational programmes and corporate activities;
  • Deputising for the President as required in representing the Library in its dealings with the Senedd and the Welsh Government.
  • Actively promoting the benefits of the diverse cultural heritage sector within Wales and further afield.
  • Have a clear vision as to how the Library can continue to contribute as a main deliverer of Government cultural heritage policy
  • Have an understanding of how the public sector in Wales functions.
  • Be actively engaged in encouraging board membership and the next generation of trustees.
  • Ensure the Library achieves value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and property.
  • Act in a way that promotes highs standards of probity and public finance.
  • Be politically independent.
  • Have a clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s “Seven Principles of Public Life”.

Person Specification

Person Specification – Desirable  

We are seeking someone who:

  • demonstrates an understanding, a commitment, and an enthusiasm for the Library’s work and for Wales’ cultural sector;
  • has an awareness of Welsh Government policies and strategies and of how they influence the work of the Library and the culture sector as a whole;
  • has extensive leadership skills and experience of driving change;
  • has a commitment to equality issues and to challenging discriminatory practices;
  • has a commitment to Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life;
  • is able to communicate effectively with the Library’s audiences in both Welsh and English.

Person specification – Essential

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the values and the vision of the National Library of Wales, and an appreciation of its role and purpose as a national institution in Wales, including the cultural, learning, health and well-being, economic and socio-political contexts in which it operates; and an understanding of its obligations under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;
  • can evidence strong interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills, including ambassadorial skills;
  • committed to increasing diversity and promoting equality, identifying relevant experience to develop an inclusive and diverse Board;
  • Has experience of developing strategic partnerships, and of outreach and engagement activity who will drive the agenda of ensuring the Library  serves and represents the diverse communities and regions of Wales;
  • demonstrates senior leadership skills and the ability to provide effective support and challenge to a high profile organisation;
  • demonstrates the ability to think and operate strategically;
  • demonstrates a thorough understanding of good governance;
  • demonstrates business and commercial acumen and experience of income-generating activities (including fundraising);
  • has experience of operating at a senior level in a complex, multi-disciplinary organisation.

Additional Information

The National Library of Wales’ purpose is to make our diverse culture and heritage
accessible to all to learn, research and enjoy.
As a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, the Library will receive £12.8m in annual
revenue funding from the Welsh Government in 2021-2022. The Library is also a
Royal Charter body and registered independent charity. Its management and
operations are overseen by a Board of Trustees.
The Library subscribes to the Welsh Government’s wider policies and priorities,
including the Well Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Welsh
Language Act 2010 and integrates its work into supporting of all of the seven wellbeing goals as well as the five governance elements of the Sustainable Development
For further detail on the Library’s purpose, vision and objectives, please go to:

National Library of Wales - Vice President - Info for Candidates - CYM
NLW Vice President Campaign 2021 - Information for candidates
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