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Climate Change Committee – Members x 2

“The UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive are seeking to appoint two new members to the Committee: one economist and one person with business/industry/energy expertise. For both campaigns we will keep a reserve list for future opportunities that may arise.​As a Committee Member you will be responsible for developing the work of the Climate Change Committee, determining its strategic direction and providing impartial input into its work. It is important, and encouraged by the Climate Change Act 2008, that the Committee contains the range of expertise that is required to effectively produce its advice and recommendations. While all Members of the Committee participate and provide scrutiny in all discussions, each also has a particular area of expertise.” ​

Time: Minimum of 2 days per month

Remuneration: £800 per day. Remuneration and expenses are taxable.

Closes: 06 April

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HS2 Ltd – Chair

“HS2 is a once-in-a-generation investment in the UK’s transport infrastructure. As Chair of HS2 Ltd, exceptional leadership and brilliant communication must go hand-in-hand with a proven track record in delivery, to help unlock the multiple benefits of HS2 and the great potential of the many people working on this project. The right candidate will have the opportunity to not only lead a project of unprecedented size – but to inspire others and maintain confidence in the programme as we embrace lasting change for this country… The Chair is responsible for leading the HS2 Ltd Board and ensuring its effective operation on behalf of the Secretary of State as sole shareholder.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration: £200,000 per annum

Closes: 06 April

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Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works and Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) – Chair

“The Committee reaches a view on the merits of any object which one of the Secretary of State’s expert advisers refers to it. If the Committee finds that an item meets at least one of the Waverley criteria, it will recommend to the Secretary of State that the decision on the export licence should be deferred for a specified period. This will allow institutions and private individuals in the UK a chance to raise the money to purchase the item to enable it to remain in this country. 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the Waverley Report (1952) which led to the founding of the Committee. This is an occasion to celebrate and communicate widely the work of the Committee and its public impact. It is also an opportunity to take stock and ensure the Committee’s work remains relevant and responsive moving forward amid changes in wider society and the cultural sector.”

Time: Approximately 10 to 12 meetings a year (usually held on a Wednesday of each month) which may last up to a day

Remuneration: The post is not salaried.

Closes: 9 April

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Building Digital UK – Chair

“Building Digital UK (BDUK) is a dynamic delivery-focused portfolio responsible for delivering the government’s ambition to deliver improved digital infrastructure across fixed and mobile broadband to the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK. This includes fixed gigabit-capable broadband networks through the £5 billion Project Gigabit programme and 4G coverage on mobile devices through the £1 billion Shared Rural Network programme. Project Gigabit is using a blend of subsidy interventions to encourage broadband providers to build networks in non-commercial areas. The Shared Rural Network sees the government working with Vodafone, O2, Three and EE in areas where there is currently no coverage from any operator, bringing faster and more reliable internet speeds to hard-to-reach areas.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration: £80,000 per annum plus expenses

Closes: 10 April

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Wallace Collection – Chair

“Building Digital UK (BDUK) is a dynamic delivery-focused portfolio responsible for delivering the government’s ambition to deliver improved digital infrastructure across fixed and mobile broadband to the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK. This includes fixed gigabit-capable broadband networks through the £5 billion Project Gigabit programme and 4G coverage on mobile devices through the £1 billion Shared Rural Network programme. Project Gigabit is using a blend of subsidy interventions to encourage broadband providers to build networks in non-commercial areas. The Shared Rural Network sees the government working with Vodafone, O2, Three and EE in areas where there is currently no coverage from any operator, bringing faster and more reliable internet speeds to hard-to-reach areas.”

Time: 1-2 days a month

Remuneration: £80,000 per annum plus expenses

Closes: 10 April

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Post Office Limited – Chair

“Transformation is critical to the Post Office’s future. We are working to resolve past failures and fundamentally reform our culture, practices and operating procedures, prioritising strong and trusting relationships with Postmasters whilst we look ahead to ways in which we can adapt and innovate to better serve our customers across the UK. As our Chair, you will lead an energised board of executive and non-executive directors driving significant transformation to modernise the network, introduce more customer-friendly formats, and effectively address historic failures. You will provide outstanding leadership to this organisational transformation, to ongoing culture change programmes, and to rebuilding our relationships with Postmasters and other key stakeholders. At heart, Post Office is a commercial business with a social purpose, and our Chair will take the lead in ensuring that the future of the organisation reflects the best of what these two strands can offer consumers.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration: Up to £150,000 per annum.

Closes: 19 April

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Medical Research Council – Executive Chair

“MRC works closely with medical research charities, industry, the NHS and UK Government health research funders, including with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and gives a high priority to research that is likely to increase our understanding of illness and disease and that will make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population… The Executive Chair, working with the MRC Council members, is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic vision for MRC and through this, shaping UKRI’s direction and position on medical and biomedical research. As a visible and credible leader of both MRC and the wider medical and biomedical research community, you will provide direction ensuring delivery of world-class research, innovation, skills development and infrastructure investment.”

Time: Full-time

Remuneration: “Competitive remuneration package”

Closes: 28 April