Volunteer Advisory Committee Member, Northern Ireland (BBC Children in Need)

Over the last 36 years, BBC Children in Need has raised and distributed over £800 million to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Would you like to help in making decisions on making the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children?

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK Charity for children and young people. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

We encourage applications from all parts of the community to join our Northern Ireland Advisory Committee and welcome diversity.

Role Responsibility

Committee Members advise the Trustees of BBC Children in Need on grant applications from organisations working to help disadvantaged children and young people in Northern Ireland. Just under £4 million was distributed last year to projects making a difference to children’s lives across the region.

Practical Matters:

• Appointments are of a voluntary nature.  They are initially made for a three-year period and confirmed by the BBC Children in Need Appeal Trustees.
• The time commitment is anticipated to be 5-6 days each year for meetings and training. In addition there is time spent reading applications prior to each meeting.
• As Committee meetings take place at BBC, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, the role requires some travel and overnight stays.
• You will need private access to a telephone, computer and high speed internet.
• We reimburse expenses e.g. travel, phone calls, overnight stays.

The Ideal Candidate

BBC Children in Need is seeking to recruit individuals who are committed to improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.

We expect committee members to bring:

• Sound understanding of the issues facing disadvantaged children and young people and the environment in which provision is being delivered.
• Good understanding of the voluntary and statutory sectors.
• Ability to analyse complex written and financial information.
• Ability to assess the feasibility of projects and remain objective.
• Good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with people of all types and all levels.
• Good level of IT literacy.
• Commitment to equality of opportunity.

Package Description

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the specific requirements of this role as outlined above, to fionnuala.walsh@bbc.co.uk  by midnight on 6th October 2017.  Please clearly specify the role that you are applying for.


As we seek to maintain a balance of skills and experience across our Committee we will be actively seeking to select new Committee members who add value by bringing diversity to the current membership.

For further information about the role please contact Fionnuala Walsh, BBC Children in Need, Interim National Head, Northern Ireland

Interviews for the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee members will be held in Belfast on 20th October 2017.

Successful candidates will be invited to attend an induction in November 2017 and observe the full Committee Meeting in January 2018 (dates TBC).

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.