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Appointment of Chair - Welsh Industrial Advisory Board

Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board
Appointing Department
Welsh Government
Business, Finance & Skills, Science & Technology, Transport
Meetings held in Treforest near Pontypridd, South Wales
Number of Vacancies
£256 per day plus travel and other expenses within reasonable limits.
Time Requirements
1 Day Per Month

Campaign Timeline

  1. Competition Launched


  2. Closed for Applications

    01/03/2019 at 16:00

  3. Panel Sift


  4. Final Interview Date


  5. Announcement



An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

New Chair appointed to Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board

Date: 25/07/2019

Assessment Panel

Panel Member
Sioned Evans
Panel Role
Panel Chair
Director Business and Regions Departmental Official
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Political Activity-
Panel Member
Jason Thomas
Commercial Lending Director at Hodge Bank Independent Member
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Political Activity-
Panel Member
Kevin Beevers
Commercial Lending Director at Hodge Bank Independent Member
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Political Activity-

Vacancy Description

Function of body

Originally established under the Welsh Development Agency Act 1975, WIDAB advises Ministers and Senior Welsh Government officials on issues relating to the Welsh Economy and assist them in their ambition to promote inclusive growth across Wales.

The Minister for Economy and Transport is seeking to refresh the Board in light of the new Prosperity for All: Economic Action Plan and the fresh challenges that face the Welsh Economy. As a result we are seeking to appoint seven members to assist the newly appointed Chair.

Role description

Members of the Board will be expected to analyse commercial, technical and financial information, and assess the merit of these applications and make recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary.
As Chair of the Board, you will be expected to lead the proceedings of Board meetings and help your fellow Board Members to reach a consensus so that a suitable recommendation can be made to the Cabinet Secretary. You will also be asked to help in the recruitment of the new members of the Board.


Meetings held in Treforest near Pontypridd, South Wales

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

  • 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
  • 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’.

Desirable Criteria

The Board will also require members with expertise and experience in the following areas;

  • Tourism & Food
  • ICT, FinTech & Digital Services
  • Advance Materials, Manufacturing and cotemporary Construction
  • The environment and low carbon economy

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.

Welsh language skills – Desirable

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 Zoe Lewis:

Tel: 03000 615761


How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government on-line recruitment system. 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 Unit on 03000 256332