Vacancy -- Chair - Welsh Revenue Authority

Vacancy details

Welsh Revenue Authority
We’re a hybrid working organisation, working between our homes and our main offices in South East Wales. We’re currently looking for a new permanent office base in that area. We expect to hold Board meetings in person, generally in or near Cardiff. Other meetings and calls will be a mixture of in person and online, with most of our work currently being online. We can provide IT equipment.

£400 per day (pro rata).

Costs of travel from your home location (within the UK) can be reclaimed, as well as other reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out work for the WRA.

Typically an average of 2 to 4 days per month. We’re happy to be flexible on the time commitment to ensure the right candidate, and would be happy to discuss this further.

We can also help with costs if you are a parent or carer, and you incur costs for care when working for us


Function of body

Our Board are accountable for the WRA’s functions, given to them by statute. Their role is to provide oversight of the arrangements to exercise the duties that flow from the functions. Working with the Chief Executive (a Board member who is also the Accounting Officer) the Board provides assurance that the WRA is carrying out, and can continue to carry out its duties effectively.

Our Board is composed of Executive Members (the Chief Executive and two others), Non-Executive Members and a Staff Elected Member. Collectively they provide a healthy balance of challenge and support to the organisation. As a leadership group, they’re also influential in guiding the culture and ways of working we want in our organisation, such as innovation, collaboration, and kindness. 

As the Board of a non-ministerial department, the WRA’s Board does not set the organisation’s strategy. This is the role of the Minister. As custodians of the WRA’s functions, the Board provide assurance and advice on strategy with respect to the WRA’s functions. 

Although the Non-Executive Members of the Board are not civil servants, the WRA is part of the Civil Service and therefore the Chief Executive, as the most senior civil servant in the department, reports to the Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government - the Board does not select or manage the Chief Executive.

Role description

As the WRA Board Chair, your role will be to:

• lead the Board in a way that sets the tone for the organisation, serves as an example in behaviour and approach, and inspires the culture of the WRA 
• lead in a way that values diversity, fostering and facilitating open discussion
• apply knowledge of cross-sectoral best practice to WRA challenges
• work closely with the Chief Executive and other Board members, to scrutinise robustly and seek assurance that the WRA’s functions are being exercised effectively
• demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity
• exemplify commitment to the The Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles), as an ambassador for the WRA
• manage your own development, in line with the evolving requirements of the post

Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Person specification

We’re looking for someone with:

• leadership experience in changing or complex organisations 
• experience of leading major projects from initiation, through development and to delivery
• an inclusive, collaborative leadership approach
• experience of risk, performance and financial management
• sound judgement and a high level of integrity, with a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life

We are particularly looking for candidates who have leadership experience and 
expertise in one or more of the following:

• the use of digital technology to drive transformation, innovation or process automation, leading to improved outcomes
• the use of data to inform decision making and/or improve services
• organisational development, or changing or complex operational environments

Interview dates

13 July 2022
15 July 2022

Closing date

05/06/2022, 16:00

Additional information

You can find out more about us here:

• A welcome video message from Dyfed Alsop and Kathryn Bishop

Latest People Survey Results

Corporate Plan 2019-22

Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21

You can also visit, our Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube account

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

As a public body, it’s only right that we as an employer are representative of the people that we serve. We fully support the Welsh Government’s commitment to encouraging as wide and diverse a range of people as possible to apply for appointments to public bodies. We’re pleased to have a Board that is evenly represented by men and women, and has a more diverse age range than many.

We know that we make better decisions by having a Board which best reflects Welsh society – people from all different backgrounds – to help us understand the range of people’s needs from us.

We’d particularly welcome applications from those under-represented on Boards, including women, people under 30, Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people, and lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

We offer an inclusive, supportive environment, so please do not hesitate to find out more about this role.

Guaranteed interview scheme

We are a Disability Confident – Committed employer. We use the social definition of disability, which means that we recognise that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. These barriers can be physical, like a building that prevents access to a wheelchair user, or they can be caused by people’s attitudes to difference. The social model helps us recognise the difficulty caused by these barriers, and that removing them creates greater equality for all.

How to apply


We welcome informal discussions about the role and the WRA to help you decide if this is for you. Audeliss Executive Search has been appointed to support the WRA in this appointment, and are available to discuss the role informally and for advice on formal applications. To discuss any aspect of this role, please contact Louise Gore at Audeliss: 


To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

This vacancy is closed to applications.