Role details

Appointment of three new independent members to the Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Committee

Application deadline 17 March 2024

Summary

Organisation
Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Climate Change Committee
Sponsor department
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location
London
Sectors
Environment, Agriculture & Fishing
Skills
Major Projects
Number of vacancies
3
Time commitment
12 day(s) per annum
Remuneration
£550 per day
Length of term
3 Years
Application deadline
Midday on 17 March 2024

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    9 February 2024

  2. Application deadline

    Midday on 17 March 2024

  3. Sifting date

    27 March 2024

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    2 May 2024

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role

Introduction

Are you passionate about ensuring the UK is ready to deal with the impacts of climate change? Do you want to be part of the leading independent body that provides advice to the UK and Devolved Governments on preparing for climate change?  

The Adaptation Committee advises the UK government and devolved governments on its assessment of the risks and opportunities from climate change, and reports to Parliament and each of the devolved legislatures on its evaluation of the quality and implementation of actions in the UK and devolved government’s adaptation programmes.

Role description

The Adaptation Committee (AC) is currently comprised of six members (including the Chair). As a Committee member you will be responsible for establishing its strategic direction and providing impartial input into its work. 

The AC members have collective responsibility for: 

  • Collaborating closely with, and providing support to, the AC Secretariat in delivering the work programme; 
  • Ensuring that the Committee discharges statutory requirements under the Climate Change Act 2008 and the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and other relevant climate change legislation;  
  • Providing impartial, strategic input to discussions; 
  • Providing expert input and advice into reports to UK Ministers, UK Parliament and the respective Devolved Governments and legislatures; 
  • Assisting the Chair in their representative role across the UK; and 
  • Ensuring close working relationships with the Devolved Governments, private and voluntary sectors, key academics and professional and other bodies. 

Member with expertise in the interaction between health and climate change issues

Demonstrable expertise in the effects of climate change on human health and measures that can be taken to avoid them. A detailed understanding of at least one of the main ways in which climate change can impact humans: physiological effects of extreme heat, increases in prevalence of vector-borne disease and disruption to health care services; is required. Applications with a good understanding of the necessary policy actions in the UK (from central government, devolved government, local government and beyond) to address these risks are particularly desirable.

Member with expertise in infrastructure

A proven track record in understanding and managing risks to UK infrastructure. Applicants should be experts at understanding risks to UK infrastructure systems (energy, transport, water and ICT networks, flood defences) - with experience across multiple systems desirable. Experience with regulatory structures in this sector and the levers they have available to help build resilience would be desirable, as would good understanding of efforts to model climate risks and adaptation options quantitatively within these systems. An understanding of the devolved aspects of infrastructure would be desirable.

Member with expertise in farming

An in-depth understanding of the challenges facing agriculture in the UK, including from a changing climate, and knowledge of effective adaptation approaches. Established networks within the sector to enable the committee to understand on-the-ground challenges in building agricultural climate resilience are desirable. Knowledge of the multiple challenges facing agriculture (reducing emissions, resilience, environmental improvement and market competitiveness) and their complex interactions are essential, as is a good understanding of the current agricultural policy landscape, including within the devolved governments, aiming to provide incentives for farmers to deliver on these multiple objectives simultaneously. Established networks within the sector to enable the committee to understand on-the-ground challenges in building agricultural climate resilience are desirable.

Person specification

Essential criteria

Candidates should be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria: 

  • Ability to deliver results within a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the AC’s strategic work, such as the development of its goals, priorities and management of outcomes; 
  • Proven analytical skills with the capacity to examine issues and provide advice (or manage the provision of advice) at a strategic level in ways which are impartial, creative, unbiased and solutions-focused, and propel the adaptation agenda across the UK; 
  • A collaborative style, with the ability to communicate and build relationships at all levels, including Ministers in the UK and devolved governments, fellow Committee members, the AC secretariat and stakeholders in all sectors; and  
  • A good understanding of the range of the AC's work including the varying climate risks, opportunities and adaptation priorities across the United Kingdom

Application and selection process

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to visit https://apply-for-public-appointment.service.gov.uk/roles by the deadline of noon on 17th March 2024 quoting reference APPT- AC and either 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. 

All candidates are required to submit: 

  • a CV of no more than two sides of A4 with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees
  • a supporting statement or no more than 1,000 words, setting out which role you’re applying for and how you meet the essential criteria – make sure you refer to the contents of this document and provide specific examples (max two pages please).
  • completed monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of interest conduct and advertising Questionnaire)
  • completed monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)
You will also have the opportunity to make a reasonable adjustment request or apply under the disability confident scheme before you submit your application. 
For further information please email: Climate.Adaptation@defra.gov.uk

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

Professor Dame Julia King (The Baroness Brown of Cambridge) - Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) – Panel Chair - Political activity: Yes 

Robert Mason - Deputy Director, Climate, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - Departmental Official 

Elen Shepard - Deputy Director, Climate and Fuel Poverty, Welsh Government - Departmental Official

tbc - Independent 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 Climate.Adaptation@defra.gov.uk 

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. 
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. When you apply you will have the opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to the application process.

Principles of public life

The Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles) apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder.
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 ten years in any one post. 

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

Remuneration for this role is treated as employment income and will be subject to tax and National Insurance contributions, both of which will be deducted at source under PAYE before you are paid.  The fee for a member of the Adaptation Committee will be £550 per day, with up to 3 days per month that can be claimed, including time preparing for meetings and travelling time. Reasonable travel and dependent care expenses are also paid. The roles are non-pensionable. 

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 if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application. 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

The Advisory Assessment Panel reserves the right to only consider applications that contain all of the elements listed above, and that arrive before the published deadline for applications.  If you have any questions about the appointments process, please email: Climate.Adaptation@defra.gov.uk   

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