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Independent Panel Members x 5, Prime Minister's Advisory Committee ( Extended until Midnight on 18th June 2023)

Application deadline 18 June 2023


Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for the King's Awards for Enterprise
Sponsor department
Department for Business and Trade
Business and Trade
Number of vacancies
Time commitment
26 hour(s) per annum
Length of term
3 years
Application deadline
Midnight on 18 June 2023

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    18 May 2023

  2. Application deadline

    Midnight on 18 June 2023

  3. Sifting date

    28 June 2023

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    11 August 2023

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role

Additional introductions

The purpose of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee (PMAC) is to review final recommendations from the Chairs of the Judging Panels for each Award category. PMAC is charged with maintaining the integrity and standards of the Awards and recommends potential changes to the administration of the Awards for subsequent years. PMAC makes its recommendations, covering all four Award categories, to the Prime Minister, who conveys the list to His Majesty The King for final approval. 
PMAC meets once a year in February. Members are required to attend the annual meeting and would serve an initial term of three years, potentially renewable for up to a further three years. 
In addition to their role on the panel, PMAC members can play a vital role in championing and promoting the awards within their networks and more widely. 

Role description

This is a voluntary role which requires up to 26 hours of time from early- mid February each year.  This includes reading papers about the potential successful applicants and any proposed amendments to the Awards administration as well as attendance at the PMAC meeting itself. As a guide, in 2023 there were 149 approx. successful companies that would have been described in the PMAC papers. Committee members will also be invited to involve themselves in the promotion of the awards to the public/business community and in continuous improvement processes which ensure the awards remain relevant and prestigious.
PMAC is comprised of well respected, senior leaders from the private, public and third sectors with experience in a range of industries, reflecting the diverse pool of applicants considered for a King’s Award. 
The Awards are well respected and sought after and recipients explain that part of the appeal is the validation of their business’ performance from high calibre leaders beyond their own sector and from across the UK. Previous PMAC members include Chairs of sector bodies, international financial institutions and global UK retailers. Forty per cent of applicants are currently from the Manufacturing sector (everything from food and drink to engineering) and there are increasing numbers of applicants from the following sectors: AI, Technology, Retail, Energy, Life Sciences, Defence, Services as well as Construction, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Education, the Arts, Entertainment, and recreation. We would welcome applicants from any of these sectors or from sectors which are currently under-represented in Award applications.  
Committee members must observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity, and objectivity in their decision making and conduct as PMAC members.

Organisation description

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses and are a globally recognised royal seal of approval for UK companies. Applications from businesses and organisations are considered annually, in one of four categories: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). 
Recipients are announced to coincide with His Majesty The King’s coronation anniversary - 6th May. Successful businesses are entitled to use The King’s Awards Emblem for five years. They are awarded a certificate and trophy by one of His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants, locally, and are invited to a celebratory event at a Royal palace. Feedback from previous recipients suggests that achieving a King’s Award for Enterprise can benefit businesses, with excellent marketing opportunities and press coverage, worldwide recognition as an outstanding British company, increased turnover and international trade, and a boost to the morale of staff, partners, and stakeholders. Recipients also state that they are better able to attract skilled talent to their organisations. 
International Trade - recipients will have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding growth over three years or continuous growth over six years.
Innovation – this category recognises outstanding commercial success of a product, service or approach over two years or continuous commercial success over five years.
Sustainable Development – recipients will have demonstrated commercially successful sustainable development practices, products or services or a combination of all three.  Sustainable interventions over two or five years are assessed.
Promoting Opportunity (for social mobility) - this category recognises businesses and organisations lined to enterprise that are providing high quality social mobility initiatives and programmes that specifically reach out and support people from disadvantaged backgrounds in addition to their primary activities. The programmes include work experience, careers advice or mentoring for young people; offering non-graduate routes such as traineeships or changing recruitment practices; and giving equal support and progression opportunities to all employees.
For further information on The King’s Awards for Enterprise please take a look at our social media and website.

Person specification

Essential criteria

Candidates should demonstrate the following essential criteria:

·Substantial experience in a responsible successful and respected business or organisation. Comprehensive experience in a C-level role in one or more sectors or Award categories. Candidates should be recognised by their peers as a proven senior leader. Credibility at national level in their specific sector (whether business or the not-for-profit sector), with an awareness of emerging issues and wider economic and social issues, is essential as a member of a committee that advises the Prime Minister.  

·Strong collaboration and influencing skills in order actively to contribute to PMAC by bringing fresh ideas, constructively contributing to committee discussions, and working with others to develop strategic proposals and practical plans for the Awards. 

·The ability to interpret and communicate information and issues relating to their specialist sector(s) within a broader strategic perspective and to evaluate applications from a range of sectors and backgrounds in a fair and balanced way. 

·A commitment to ensuring that the Prime Minister’s priorities for international trade, promoting opportunity, innovation and sustainable development are promoted through The King’s Awards for Enterprise. Act as a high-profile champion for The King’s Awards for Enterprise throughout the year. 

·Have the independence necessary for the role, including valuing a wide range of inputs and experience and taking objective and impartial decisions.  Personal and political sensitivity when working with colleagues, government and external parties is essential.

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

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

Please note that applicants may be required to attend a “fireside chat” with a Royal Household Official prior to their appointment. This will occur after the interview.

The members of the advisory panel will be:
  • Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice (Panel Chair)
  • Oliver Christian, Head of No.10 Business Unit (Representative of Organisation)
  • TBC (Independent Panel Member)

Advisory Assessment Panels (AAP) are chosen by ministers to assist them in their decision-making. These include a departmental official and an independent member. For competitions recruiting non-executive members of a board (apart from the Chair), the panel will usually include a representative from the public body concerned.
AAP’s perform a number of functions, including agreeing an assessment strategy with ministers, undertaking sifting, carrying out interviews in line with the advertised criteria and deciding objectively who meets the published selection criteria for the role before recommending to ministers which candidates they find appointable. It is then for the minister to decide who to appoint to the role.

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

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 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. These are:
  1. Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  2. Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  3. Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  4. Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  5. Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  6. Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
  7. Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

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


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 King's Awards team in the first instance if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application at They will acknowledge your complaint upon receipt and respond within 15 working days.

Data protection

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

Contact details

Public Appointments require the highest standards of propriety, involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity, in relation to stewardship of public funds and the oversight and management of all related activities. This means that any private, voluntary, charitable or political interest that might be material and relevant to the work of the body concerned should be declared. 

It is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media. The Panel may explore issues with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment. 
As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Panel, and they may wish to explore issues with you, should you be invited to interview.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss further, please contact