Vacancy -- Members (x3) - Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales
Function of body
The Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales (“the Commission”) is an independent Welsh Government Sponsored Body whose statutory duties are set out in the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013.
These duties include:
- Ensuring principal area electoral arrangements are fit for purpose – developing and delivering a ten-year rolling programme of electoral reviews.
- Making Orders in relation to proposals from principal councils for changes to community areas following their reviews of community boundaries and electoral arrangements.
- As appropriate, ensuring the boundaries of principal council areas are fit for purpose.
- Maintaining a high level of Corporate Governance for the Commission.
In addition to its statutory duties the Commission may conduct reviews or provide advice and information at the request of local authorities or as directed by the Welsh Ministers.
In respect of principal area arrangements, the Commission makes recommendations to the Welsh Ministers, which it considers are in the interest of effective and convenient local government.
- Develop the Policy and Practice and Council Size Methodology for the next Electoral Review Programme, reflecting learning from the previous programme and commissioning research on specific issues.
- Ensure there is wide ranging consultation with Welsh Government, Principal Councils, Community and Town Councils, and all other stakeholders as part of this.
- Assess a range of options for the numbers of councillors and the areas they represent, taking into account the complexities, and often contradictions, of the demography and infrastructure of the area under review and a wide range of opinions from consultation feedback.
- Act collectively in making draft and final decisions on individual electoral reviews.
- Work with principal councils to ensure community boundaries and electoral arrangements are regularly reviewed and coordinated with the programme of electoral reviews.
- Act collectively in making orders on individual community reviews.
- Be aware, at all times, of the risks, reputational and other, associated with the reviews and the potential consequences for the Commission, its members and Welsh Government.
Welsh language skills
Applicants must be able to demonstrate:-
- a reasonable knowledge and understanding of how local government operates in Wales;
- strong interpersonal and communication skills - be able to engage with a wide range of people on a one to one basis and collectively;
- the ability to exercise independent judgement – make decisions and explain how you have come to that decision;
- the ability to identify and formulate solutions using a methodical and analytical approach;
- the ability to evaluate a wide range of information, including geographical data, and formulate a reasoned conclusion;
- an understanding of the importance of effective corporate and financial management of an organisation;
- collective corporate responsibility and an understanding of risk.
- An understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices.
For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:
Public Appointments Team, Public Bodies Unit
For information about the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales you may wish to visit the Commission’s web site: Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales or contact the Chief Executive of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, Shereen Williams,
Telephone: 02921 052501,
For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.
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 PublicAppointments@gov.wales.