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Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Appointing a Vice-Chair

Application deadline 11 April 2023

Summary

Organisation
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales
Sponsor department
Welsh Government
Location
Wales
Sector
Culture, Media & Sport
Skills
Business
Number of vacancies
1
Time commitment
12 day(s) per annum
Length of term
4 Years
Application deadline
4pm on 11 April 2023

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    13 March 2023

  2. Application deadline

    4pm on 11 April 2023

  3. Sifting date

    19 April 2023

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    24 May 2023

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role

Organisation description

The role and responsibilities of Amgueddfa Cymru

Amgueddfa Cymru is one of the leading cultural organisations and national institutions in Wales and is visited by 1.9 million people each year.

Established by Royal Charter in 1907, Amgueddfa Cymru is one of the largest museums in the United Kingdom, the custodian of internationally significant, diverse collections, and a leader in education and cultural participation.

Amgueddfa Cymru’s sites include Wales’ seven national museums: National Museum Cardiff; St Fagans National Museum of History; Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon; National Wool Museum Dre-fach, Felindre; National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon; National Slate Museum in Llanberis, Snowdonia and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. We also have a National Collections Centre near Cardiff. There are over 5 million individual items in our collections, embracing art and design, history and archaeology, and the natural sciences.

Amgueddfa Cymru is sponsored by the Welsh Government. It has a Board of Trustees whose role is to set the strategic direction of the organisation and ensure proper management of its resources. As a Museum, we are also accountable for the use of our collections and resources to the nation we serve.

Amgueddfa Cymru’s vision

Amgueddfa Cymru belongs to us all. Our vision is to inspire people through Wales’ national museums and collections to find a sense of well-being and identity, to discover, enjoy and learn bilingually, and to understand Wales' place in the wider world.

We believe that everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of their communities and of their nation. We’ve developed a ten-year strategy for the Museum - Amgueddfa Cymru 2030 - which includes six clear commitments. We will work with people and communities across Wales, through collections, public programmes, and partnerships, to:

  • Make sure that everyone is represented
  • Inspire creativity and learning for life
  • Help protect and restore nature and our environment
  • Support well-being through inspirational spaces and experiences
  • Discover and explore the museum digitally
  • Build global connections

Our new Vice-Chair will have a critical role to play in making these commitments a reality and in supporting the delivery of the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government commitments for which the Amgueddfa is a lead or key partner, particularly developing plans for a Museum of North Wales, a National Contemporary Art Gallery, a new Culture Strategy and commitments to create an Anti-racist Wales.

The Board’s Role and Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Amgueddfa Cymru.

The role of the Board is to provide effective leadership, to define and develop strategic direction and to set challenging objectives. The Board promotes high standards of public accountability and upholds the principles of regularity, propriety, and value for money. It monitors performance against Amgueddfa Cymru's own strategic objectives and performance targets, and those set by Welsh Government.

Amgueddfa Cymru is a registered charity and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. Trustees have obligations pursuant to charity law, those set out in the Royal Charter and to the Welsh Government and to Senedd Cymru and the Charity Commission.

Amgueddfa Cymru currently receives around 80% of its annual funding (£25.4 million revenue funding, and £4.75m capital funding in 2022/23) from the Welsh Government as Grant in Aid. The organisation employs over 600 staff across its sites.

A Tailored Review of Amgueddfa Cymru is currently underway – the recommendations of which are due in Spring 2023. The Board will be responsible for overseeing the swift implementation of the agreed recommendations.

Trustees of the Board

Trustees oversee, support and hold to account the Director General in implementing the Museum's strategic vision and delivering against the objectives as set out by the Welsh Government in Amgueddfa Cymru’s Remit Letter.

Trustees must also:

·       attend Board meetings regularly and prepare thoroughly for them;

·       be prepared to serve on sub-committees;

·       actively support the Museum’s management and staff in their work;

·       represent the Museum at public functions;

·       promote the profile of the Museum;

·       give the Museum the benefit of their experience and expertise;

·       facilitate contact with Museum stakeholders; and

·       contribute to the development of policy, strategies and priorities in relation to the management of the Museum's collections.

Trustees must be aware of their obligations arising from the position of the Museum as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body and as a registered charity. These are set out in the Framework Document, which sets out the Terms and Conditions relating to the funding provided to the Museum by the Welsh Government.

To be effective, the Board needs Trustees with a broad range of expertise and experience.

Regulation of appointment

This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website 

Person specification

Essential criteria

Essential Criteria

In your application, you will be expected to demonstrate the following essential criteria which will be tested further at interview:

·       experience of operating as a senior leader in a complex, multi-disciplinary organisation;

·       demonstrates a commitment to the values and the vision of Amgueddfa Cymru, and an appreciation of its role and purpose as a national organisation in Wales; including the cultural, learning, health and well-being, economic and socio-political contexts in which it operates; and an understanding of its obligations under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;

·       experience of developing strategic partnerships;

·       a proven commitment to increasing diversity, and promoting inclusion and equality and an understanding of, and experience of working with diverse communities or audiences, ethnically, socio-economic or other;

·       able to evidence a thorough understanding of good governance, accountability and financial responsibility, ideally including public sector finances; and

·       have a commitment to Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life.

Desirable criteria

The Role of Vice-Chair

Amgueddfa Cymru is incorporated by Royal Charter and is a registered charity regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. The Vice-Chair therefore has responsibilities under the Charter and, like all Trustees, must comply with charity law and Charity Commission guidance.

The Vice-Chair is accountable to Welsh Government Minister(s) (the Welsh Government provides some 80% of the Museums funding) and may also be held to account by   Cymru / Welsh Parliament.

In addition to the responsibilities of a trustee, the Vice-Chair will;

·     assist the Chair in leading the overall direction of the Board, taking on the role of the Vice-Chair if the Chair is absent, and advocating on behalf of Amgueddfa Cymru; 

·     chair other Amgueddfa Cymru Committees in the absence of the appointed Chair;

·     with the Chair, act as a key point of contact between the Board and the Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip and Government officials;

·     support the Chair as required in liaising with other officers and members of the Board, and with the Museum’s senior executive team; 

·     scrutinise, challenge and support the executive to meet Amgueddfa Cymru’s aims, objectives and targets;

·     participate in the corporate planning process, including agreeing annual budget plans for operational programmes and corporate activities;

·     deputise for the Chair as required in representing Amgueddfa Cymru in its dealings with the Senedd and the Welsh Government;

·     actively promote the benefits of the diverse cultural heritage sector within Wales and further afield;

·     have a clear vision as to how Amgueddfa Cymru can continue to contribute as a main deliverer of Welsh Government’s cultural heritage policies;

·     have an understanding of how the public sector in Wales functions;

·     be actively engaged in encouraging board membership and the next generation of Trustees;

·     ensure Amgueddfa Cymru achieves value for money within a framework of best practice, regularity and property;

·     act in a way that promotes highs standards of probity and public finance;

·     be politically independent. 

Application and selection process

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to create an account or sign in.

Once you are logged into your account, click on 'apply for this role' and follow the on-screen instructions. To apply, all candidates are required to provide:

  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • a supporting statement
  • equality information
  • information relating to any outside interests or reputational issues

We will ask you to check and confirm your personal details to ensure your application is accurate.

You will also have the opportunity to make a reasonable adjustment request or apply under the disability confident scheme before you submit your application.

Overview of the application process

Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.

The assessment process

  1. Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department. As a result, they must be consulted at every stage of the appointments process.

  2. An Advisory Assessment Panel (“Panel”) is appointed by Ministers to assist them in their decision making. The role of the Panel is to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.

  3. At the shortlisting meeting the Panel will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and decide which candidates have best met the criteria, who should be recommended for interview. Ministers will then be consulted on the Panel’s recommended shortlist. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme and you meet all the essential criteria, then you will also be invited for an interview.

  4. Once the shortlist has been agreed by Ministers, you will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview.

  5. The Panel will meet again to interview candidates and determine who is appointable to the role. The Panel may invite you to make a brief presentation at the start of the interview and will go on to question you about your skills and experience, including asking specific questions to assess whether you meet the criteria set out for the post. The Panel will also explore with you any potential conflicts of interest or any other issues arising from your personal and professional history which may impact on an appointment decision.

  6. Details of the panel’s assessment of interviewed candidates are provided to Ministers, including whether they have judged a candidate to be appointable to the role. It is then for Ministers to determine merit and decide who should be appointed. In some circumstances, Ministers may choose not to appoint any candidates and re-run the competition.

  7. Ministers may choose to meet with candidates before deciding the outcome. Candidates should therefore be prepared for a short time gap between interview and a final appointment decision being made. Candidates who have been interviewed will be kept informed of progress.

  8. Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application, including whom they may approach for feedback. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.

Further information about appointments, including tips on applying, can be found on our guidance pages on gov.uk.

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

The selection panel will be chaired by Dr Nicola Guy (Deputy Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Government). Remaining panel members, including a senior independent panel member, are yet to be confirmed.  Shortlisted candidates will be advised of the full panel prior to interview.

Eligibility criteria

In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.

There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. 

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director  (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);

  • have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;

  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.

When you apply, you should declare if:

  • you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this. 

  • you are subject to a current police investigation.

You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points. 

When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below)
If you need further advice, please contact publicappointments@gov.wales

Security clearance

The successful candidate will be required to undertake Baseline Personnel Security Standard checks in line with the Civil Service guidelines. Additional Security Clearance may also be required for certain roles. However, where this applies, candidates will be notified during the appointment process. Further information on National Security Vetting can be found on the Gov.uk website here.

Additional information for candidates

Equality and diversity

We encourage applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and across the whole of the United Kingdom. Boards of public bodies are most effective when they reflect the diversity of views of the society they serve and this is an important part of the Government’s levelling up agenda.
We collect data about applicants’ characteristics and backgrounds, including information about people’s educational and professional backgrounds, so that we can make sure we are attracting a broad range of people to these roles and that our selection processes are fair for everyone. Without this information, it makes it difficult to see if our outreach is working, if the application process is having an unfair impact on certain groups and whether changes are making a positive difference.
When you submit your application, your responses are collected by the Cabinet Office and the government department(s) managing your application. The data is used to produce management information about the diversity of applicants. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel who review applications against the advertised criteria and conduct interviews.

Disability confident

We are a member of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. We use the Disability Confident scheme symbol, along with other like-minded employers, to show our commitment to good practice in employing people with a disability. The scheme helps recruit and retain disabled people. 
As part of implementing the scheme, we guarantee an interview for anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role, set out in the advert, and who has asked that their application is considered under the scheme. Indicating that you wish your application to be considered under the scheme will in no way prejudice your application. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as set out in the job-advert.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to select if you would like your application considered under this scheme.

Reasonable adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to make sure applicants with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions, or other needs are not substantially disadvantaged when applying for public appointments. This can include changing the recruitment process to enable people who wish to apply to do so.
Some examples of common changes are:
  • ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
  • making adaptations to interview locations;
  • allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
  • giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
  • allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
  • making provision for support animals to attend.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to the application process.

Principles of public life

Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2. These are:

  1. SELFLESSNESS - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends;
  2. INTEGRITY - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties;
  3. OBJECTIVITY - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit;
  4. ACCOUNTABILITY - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office;
  5. OPENNESS - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands;
  6. HONESTY - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest;
  7. LEADERSHIP - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Code of conduct for board members

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. In support of this, all non-executive board members of UK public bodies must abide by the principles set out in the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. The Code sets out the standards expected from those who serve on the boards of UK public bodies and will form part of your terms and conditions of appointment.

Management of outside interests and consideration of reputational issues

Holders of public office are expected to adhere and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. Before you apply you should consider carefully: 
  • any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government; 
  • any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or public statements that you have made; 
  • and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported; 
which may call into question your ability to do the role you are applying for.
You will need to answer relevant questions in relation to these points when making an application. Many conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily resolved and declaring a potential conflict does not prevent you from being interviewed. If you are shortlisted for an interview, the panel will discuss any potential conflicts with you during that interview, including any proposals you may have to mitigate them and record that in their advice to ministers. Alongside your own declaration, we will conduct appropriate checks, as part of which we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This may include searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. The successful candidate(s) may be required to give up any conflicting interests and their other business and financial interests may be published in line with organisational policies. 
Details of declared political activity will be published when the appointment is announced, as required by the Governance Code (political activity is not a bar to appointment, but must be declared).

Status of appointment

As this is an office holder appointment, you will not become a member of the Civil Service. You will not be subject to the provisions of employment law.

Appointment and tenure of office

Appointments are for the term set out in this advert, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term, at the discretion of Ministers.  Any re-appointment is subject to satisfactory annual appraisals of performance during the first term in the post. There is no automatic presumption of reappointment; each case should be considered on its own merits, taking into account a number of factors including, but not restricted to, the diversity of the current board and its balance of skills and experience. In most cases, the total time served in post will not exceed more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

The role of Vice-Chair is not a paid role, but all trustees can claim travel and subsistence expenses

Travel to Board, Committee, events, and other meetings across Wales may be required although there may be flexibility to allow virtual as well as in-person attendance.

The Welsh Government and Amgueddfa Cymru are currently reviewing draft recommendations submitted by the independent Tailored Review Panel. You will be made aware of any recommendations to be taken forward that affect this appointment

Pension and redundancy

This is an office holder appointment and does not attract any benefits under any Civil Service Pension Scheme. You will not be eligible for redundancy pay as you are not an employee. No other arrangements have been made for compensation upon the end of your term of appointment because an office holder who is appointed for a limited duration would have no expectation of serving beyond that period.

Application feedback

We will notify you of the status of your application. We regret that we are only able to offer detailed feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at the interview stage.

How to complain

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy.
Please contact the public appointments team in the first instance if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application at publicappointments@gov.wales. They will acknowledge your complaint upon receipt and respond within 15 working days.

How to complain to Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA)

If you are not content with the appointing department’s response you may wish to further complain to the Commissioner at publicappointments@csc.gov.uk.Further information on how the Commissioner handles complaints can be found on the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ website https://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk/regulating-appointments/investigating-complaints/

Data protection

The Cabinet Office will use your data in line with our privacy policy.

Contact details

Contacts:

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Unit

Email: publicappointments@gov.wales

For further information regarding the role of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and the role of Vice-Chair, or to speak with a current Board trustee,

contact: Mark Petherick

Email: Mark.Petherick@museumwales.ac.uk  Tel: (029) 2057 3130

Alternatively, please contact Nicola.Guy@gov.wales (Deputy Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Government)

For queries about your application, please contact publicappointments@gov.wales

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

Welsh Government will aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact publicappointments@gov.wales 

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