Vacancy -- Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board (WIDAB) - Appointment of 2 Members

Vacancy details

Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board (WIDAB)
Meetings held in Welsh Government Offices within Wales, in certain circumstances meetings may be held virtually.
£198 per day plus travel and other expenses within reasonable limits

Function of body

WIDAB was originally established under Section 13 of the Welsh Industrial Development Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”) to advise the Secretary of State on financial assistance to Industry and the same section required the Secretary of State to appoint members with defined experience and capacity.

Although the Board is advisory, if it makes a recommendation to the Minister for Economy and the functions are exercised contrary to its recommendation, the Board can request a statement be laid before the Assembly as to the reason for the change in decision.

Role description

  • Strong understanding of the regional economic opportunities, threats and strengths in the discrete regions of North Wales, Mid and West Wales and South East Wales, whilst appreciating the issues relevant to Wales on a national basis such as effects of EU exit and economic recovery following the Global pandemic.

  • Ability to analyse and assess commercial, technical and financial information (usually written) provided in support of grant applications and describe the main strengths and weaknesses of a case and the conclusions drawn.

  • Sound communications skills and confidence in putting forward views based on particular experience.

  • Willingness to listen and quickly assess the contributions from Board colleagues and officials.

  • A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues.

  • A clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

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 basic words and phrases with understanding
Can write basic messages on everyday topics
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh

Person specification

  • Tourism & Food

  • Creative Industries

  • ICT, FinTech & Digital Services

  • Advance Materials, Manufacturing and Contemporary Construction

  • The environment and low carbon economy

Interview dates

27 February 2023
27 February 2023

Closing date

12/12/2022, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact Public Appointments Team

For further information regarding the role of the WIDAB and the role of Members, please contact Leia Davies

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Public 

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit Public appointments | GOV.WALES

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.