Vacancy -- Board Member: (Sub Committee Chair with private and/or commercial sector background) - Natural Resources Wales

Vacancy details

Natural Resources Wales
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many of the meetings are currently held virtually, but longer term the meetings will be held in public in different locations around Wales, some of which may require an overnight stay.
£350 per day plus reasonable expenses.

Function of body

As a Welsh Government Sponsored Body, NRW is accountable to the Welsh Ministers through the Sponsorship Minister (currently the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs) and subject to scrutiny by the relevant Senedd Committees. The Board has accountability for ensuring NRW exercises its legislative functions appropriately and effectively. It is also responsible to Welsh Ministers for the ways in which NRW delivers against the Ministerial remit letter.

Role description

We are looking for a Board member to commence on 1 September 2021. This guidance is for the role of Board Sub Committee Chair, with private and/or commercial sector background. 

NRW needs people with ambition and ideas who can commit to attend six Board meetings a year. Board members will also be expected to be members of statutory sub-committees which meet 4-6 times a year. This role has a time commitment of 36 days per year and will be offered as an initial appointment of two, three or four years. The role can be located anywhere in Wales and attracts remuneration of £350 per day plus reasonable expenses.

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.
Can read some routine work-related material with support e.g. dictionary
Can prepare routine work-related material with checking
Can understand routine work-related conversations
Can hold some work-related conversations

Person specification

All candidates need to demonstrate the following skills and behaviours:

  • Respect for and understanding of the principles of accountability and good governance
  • Judgement in complex decision-making
  • Ability to interpret and challenge financial reports and wider performance issues
  • A focus on our future generations
  • A demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Role specifications

In addition, we are looking for people who meet the following skills:

  • Experience chairing a committee 
  • Private sector and/or commercial experience
  • Welsh language ability desirable.

Interview dates

21 June 2021
2 July 2021

Closing date

30/04/2021, 16:00

Additional information

For queries about the role please email the Welsh Government's Public Appointments Unit. To book a place at the information events for prospective candidates please contact NRW's Board Secretariat.


How to apply

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

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This vacancy is closed to applications.