Thank you for your interest in these vacancies on the Planning Inspectorate Board. The Inspectorate’s purpose is to deal with planning appeals, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework. We share our expertise with our customers, communities, businesses and local and nation governments to enable good planning outcomes. In dealing with planning and other casework we apply our values to be customer-focussed, fair, impartial and open.
In common with many Government services, the Inspectorate faces the challenge of transforming its operational effectiveness. We aim to do this through (but not limited to) the development of new digital services for our teams and customers, implementation of our change programme, our central role in supporting the delivery of the and creating a flexible, diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
An effective, robust and responsive planning system is at the heart of the country’s aspiration to deliver locally led, sustainable growth and supporting the delivery of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. We are looking to appoint three Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to our Board.
We are looking for someone with a good understanding of the role of audit to chair our Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, someone with a customer focus including equality, diversity and inclusion and culture change and transformation, and someone with a data and digital delivery focus. Full details of the roles, responsibilities and commitments are set out in this document, and I hope you will decide to apply. We want to receive applications from a wide range of individuals, we welcome candidates from under-represented groups including those from an ethnic background.
Information about the Board can be found on the gov.uk website.
The Role of the Planning Inspectorate Board
The role of the Planning Inspectorate Board is to provide collective strategic leadership to the organisation. The Board is an advisory Board and is responsible for ensuring the Inspectorate fulfils the aims and objectives of the Strategic Plan, our work reflects the priorities set by the Secretary of State and complies with the requirements relating to the use of public funds.
Non-Executive Directors are expected to attend meetings of the Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (Committee) or Strategic Assurance Panels (Panels) once a month. Meetings are held virtually with plans to meet annually in Bristol. The number of meetings scheduled are:
Seven Board meetings
Five Committee meetings
11 Panel meetings
26 NED briefings with the Chief Executive
Board, Committee and Panel meetings are combined to make these full day commitments of 11 a year. NED briefings are held bi-weekly on a Friday for an hour (virtually). NEDs are also invited to attend events such as OnePINS Live (organisation wide event), project show and tells and All Staff Briefings. The Inspectorate is an evolving organisation and NEDs need to remain flexible in meeting demands on their time. NEDs should expect to attend all Board, Committee and Panel meetings to fulfil their responsibilities.
Board members are responsible for:
- Ensuring an effective business planning and performance management framework is in place
- Ensuring that the Planning Inspectorate's work and priorities reflect the priorities of the Secretary of State and that its affairs are conducted with probity, consistent with Managing Public Money
- Delivery against its strategic objectives and ensuring sufficient resources are available to achieve those objectives
- Setting and communicating the Planning Inspectorate values, purpose and objectives to inspectors, other staff and stakeholders whilst protecting and enhancing the Planning Inspectorate's reputation for professionalism, effectiveness, integrity and efficiency
- Monitoring and continuously improving performance and quality
- Ensuring an adequate risk management framework is in place and reviewing strategic risks
- Ensuring best practice accounting procedures are in place, in compliance with the government financial reporting manual (FReM)
- Providing advice to the Chief Executive on the performance of the Executive Directors, and advice to DLUHC on the performance of the Chief Executive.
- Through ARAC offer advice, insight and challenge in relation to risk management policies and assurance framework, accounting policies and financial reporting including the annual report and accounts and internal and external audits.
The Planning Inspectorate
The Planning Inspectorate (Inspectorate) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and has been an Executive Agency since 1992, although our history can be traced back to 1909. The Inspectorate operates within a sponsorship arrangement with the department, which is documented in the Framework Agreement and in accordance with Her Majesty’s Treasury Green Book requirements and Managing Public Money.
The Inspectorate provides an invaluable service in making decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State, or recommendations to Government departments, on schemes ranging from complex, major national infrastructure investments through to local householder appeals, as well as supporting Local Government to put in place effective Local Plans.
Through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, the Inspectorate will support the Government’s manifesto to level up the UK and its goals to reverse geographical disparities. Planning is seen as one of many leavers to enable regeneration and improve socio-economic growth across the UK.