If you are interested in this position, please complete the attached application form. You will also be asked to declare conflicts of interest.
- Teacher's Pension Scheme Board
- Sponsor department
- Department for Education
- Audit and Risk, Business
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- £400 per day
- Length of term
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 11:59pm on 31 October 2023
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Timeline for this appointment
29 September 2023
11:59pm on 31 October 2023
17 November 2023
Interviews expected to end on
30 November 2023
About the role
The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 required the Secretary of State, as scheme manager of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, to establish a Pension Board. The Teachers’ Pension Scheme Pension Board (TPSPB) was established in 2015 and is independently chaired. It is responsible for providing assurance on the effectiveness of the arrangements for administering the scheme to the Secretary of State for Education.
The Department is seeking to recruit a new Chair for the TPSPB as the current post-holder’s term is coming to an end.
Role descriptionSee separate document
Organisation descriptionSee separate document
The composition of the Board is currently:
- An independent Chair
- Five member representatives
- Five employer representatives
- An independent pension specialist, and
- One DfE official (contract management)
There is the ability to review this arrangement and to flex the constitution to reflect changing circumstances.
Application and selection process
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)
Additional information for candidates
- 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.
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- LEADERSHIP - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
- 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;