Non Executive Directors wanted for the BBC Board

From 3 April 2017, the BBC will be governed by its Board, which will replace the two-tier governance structure of the BBC Trust and the BBC’s Executive Board. The new Board will be responsible for the exercise of all BBC functions in accordance with the Corporation’s Royal Charter.   
The Board will comprise fourteen members: a non-executive Chair, a designated non-executive member for each of the Nations of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales); five other non-executive members and four executive members, including the BBC Director-General.The Chair and four non-executive members for the Nations will be appointed by The Queen-in-Council. The other non-executive members will be appointed by the BBC Board through its nominations committee. The executive members will also be appointed by the Board through its nominations committee.

Person Specification

 All candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the independence, mission and public purposes of the BBC, as well as demonstrating they meet a majority of the following criteria to a high degree:

  • Experience working at the highest level of public or commercial life in the UK and/or internationally, with experience of sitting on commercial and/or public sector boards.
  • An understanding of the creative industries, key challenges and opportunities facing public service broadcasting in the UK, and of the commercial media sector and the impact on audiences.
  • A proven ability to think through complex issues strategically, independently and imaginatively.
  • Experience exercising excellent financial stewardship and securing value for money.
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills, and the ability to represent the BBC capably to a wide range of stakeholder groups, including audiences, parliamentarians and the media.

Non-Executive Members for the Nations – additional essential criteria:

In addition to the essential skills and experience listed above, applicants for the nation members must be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • A strong knowledge of the culture, characteristics and affairs of the people and communities in the nation which you propose to represent, including a good understanding of the important role of language in that nation.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing public service broadcasting, the broader media sector and the creative industries as a whole in the nation that they propose to represent.
  • An understanding of views of audiences and public opinion in that nation.

It would also be preferable for candidates to have a business or residential base in the nation.

Further information is available in the candidate brief.

Additional Information

The new Board of the BBC, as of April 2017, will consist of both non-executive and executive members. The total number of members on the Board will be 14, consisting of:

  • Ten non-executive members, including: the Chair; National members for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and five other members.
  • Four executive members, including the BBC Director-General (CEO).

The non-executive members of the Board are appointed through two separate processes:

  • The Chair and the National members for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (five positions in total) will be appointed through an open and transparent public appointments process, managed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and resulting in appointment to the post by the Queen-in-Council.
  • Five non-executive members will be appointed by the BBC Board itself, through an open and transparent process led by a nominations committee.

The executive members of the Board will be appointed by the Board itself through a nominations committee of the Board.

The BBC and DCMS are jointly advertising for all of the non-executive members, and although there will be coordination between the two appointing bodies it should be noted that the selection and appointments processes will be run separately.

Please see the attached candidate brief for a complete overview of the process and all additional information.

Location: The majority of meetings will be held in London, although meetings of the Board (including committee meetings) can be held at any BBC site, generally within the UK.
Number of Vacancies: 9
Remuneration: The base fee for all non-executive members is £33,000. A committee chair fee of £5,000 will be paid on top of the base fee for chairing one of the permanent committees of the Board, reflecting the additional time and responsibility required.
Time Requirements: The core time commitment for non-executive members, including Nations members will be on average 1-2 days per week.

Closing date: 12th January 2017

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A copy of your CV.
  • A supporting statement, of no more than three sides, that evidences how you meet all the criteria in the Person Specification. Please provide examples of where your knowledge and experience matches the required criteria. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible, within a limit of three sides.
  • You should also complete the separate disclosure forms providing details of any political activity, conflicts of interest, and details of any public appointments held currently.

Please ensure you include preferred daytime, evening and mobile telephone numbers, as well as a preferred e-mail address, which will be used with discretion.

Please ensure you indicate which role/s you are applying for.

To apply online (preferred) please visit: http://www.odgers.com/60408

Alternatively, applications should be emailed to 60408@odgersberndtson.com

If you are unable to apply online, please see the candidate brief.

Attachments
60408_Candidate_Brief
Declaration-of-interests-form
Monitoring-Form-Part-1-2015
Monitoring Form (Part 2) 2015
Conflicts-of-Interest-Guidance
OCPA Complaints Procedure (2016)
CYM Board (Welsh Version)