Vacancy -- Appointment of Chair - National Infrastructure Commission for Wales - English Application

Vacancy details

National Infrastructure Commission for Wales
Meetings to be held pan-Wales
£400 per day plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.  

Function of body


The Welsh Government has established a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales (NICfW) to support independent, better informed advice on a longer-term strategy of infrastructure investment, which enshrines the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Governance and remit

The NICfW has been established as non-statutory, advisory body to provide advice and recommendations to the Welsh Ministers on the economic and environmental infrastructure needs of Wales over 5-30 years.

The Commission is remitted to focus on economic and environmental needs, but should also consider the interactions of these needs with ‘social infrastructure’, such as schools, hospitals and housing. However, the NICfW is not expected to consider and advise on social infrastructure needs in detail.

The Welsh Government will set out through an annual remit letter the areas on which it would like the NICfW to focus, as well as the available budget. This letter will be sent to the Chair of the commission before the start of each financial year.

The advice provided by the NICfW will be strategic and forward looking in nature. Advice will not be provided on existing or upcoming infrastructure schemes.

Within its advice, the NICfW must reflect the goals and principles of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. This includes:

  • The Welsh Government’s Well-Being Objectives
  • The Five Ways of Working
  • The Sustainable Development Principle

The NICfW must also consider the obligations of Welsh Minister’s in respect of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, and other legislative obligations, when providing advice.

The detailed working arrangements of the NICfW will be agreed between the Welsh Government and the appointed Commissioners through a Constitution document. This constitution will be supported by annual remit letters, which will set out priority areas and the annual budget of the NICfW.

The NICfW is expected to produce and publish a ‘State of the Nation report’ every 3-5 years.  This report will take an impartial view at the current state of economic and environmental infrastructure across Wales.

The Commission will also be expected to produce an annual report on its activity for the previous year, and to produce any ad-hoc reports deemed necessary by the Welsh Government and / or the NICfW

The Welsh Government is committed to supporting the independence of the NICfW by:

  • Formally responding to the State of the Nation report, and tabling the report, and the response, in the National Assembly for Wales.
  • Tabling the reports of the NICfW in the National Assembly.
  • Formally responding to recommendations of the NICfW and tabling this response in the National Assembly, including rationale for why recommendations have been endorsed or otherwise not accepted.

Role description

The Chair will be a leading thinker and an independent voice on infrastructure, working with a diverse group of Commissioners.  The Chair will have a prominent public profile, presenting NICfW’s recommendations in public and to the National Assembly for Wales, and testing the delivery of NICfW recommendations which are accepted by the Welsh Government.  The Chair will finesse NICfW’s role and build consensus with industry and other stakeholders.

The Chair will be responsible for:

  • strategic leadership for NICfW; setting priorities and ensuring the independence of its recommendations; overseeing delivery of NICfW’s work, including monitoring delivery by the Welsh Government;
  • directing Commissioners’ input, harnessing their skills, experience and expertise;
  • providing expert, impartial advice to the Welsh Government on infrastructure, including advice on prioritisation and value for money on public and private investments;
  • building consensus around NICfW recommendations;
  • engaging with stakeholders, including government, industry, academia, interest groups and the public;
  • building a working relationship with the UK National Infrastructure Commission;
  • representing NICfW in public, including in the media
  • working with the Welsh Government to ensure a suitable support team is in place to provide NICfW with robust analysis and advice and/or commission work as necessary  

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.
No skills
No skills
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh

Person specification

Essential Criteria


  • a highly regarded leader, with the ability to lead boards and organisations effectively;
  • ability to provide robust, independent advice, under a high level of public interest and scrutiny, and use a public profile to build consensus;
  • credibility with government, industry and the public;
  • ability to process complex information, take a long-term view and weigh probabilities to reach clear conclusions;
  • ability to clearly communicate complex topics;
  • understanding of the Welsh Government’s infrastructure objectives, its wider policy, delivery and finance framework, including the duties and commitments under the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and the devolution settlement.


  • experience of strategic leadership at senior levels of government, academia or business;
  • track record of communicating and influencing at the highest levels;
  • the ability to represent organisations in public, including in the media and with a range of stakeholders;
  • experience in one or more sectors of economic and/or environment infrastructure (desirable)

Interview dates

23 April 2018
24 April 2018

Closing date

04/03/2018, 23:55

Additional information

The Commission will comprise of 12 people: the Chair and 11 Commissioners – for 3 positions within the Commission Welsh language skills are essential but are not required for the other 9 positions.



How to apply

To make an application please visit the Welsh Government public appointment website here

To apply for this role, click on the Commissioners for National Infrastructure for Wales Commission vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner. 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 upload a personal statement and CV to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.