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Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee – Non-Executive Board Member for Northern Ireland 

“The Member of the FSA Board for Northern Ireland has a responsibility to: ensure the FSA discharges its statutory duties in line with the requirement to protect public health and consumer interests in relation to food; to set and to reinforce the FSA’s core values through the development and monitoring of strategic objectives, plans and policies; to represent the FSA and its values; to play an effective part in Board meetings, discussions and decisions; to monitor the performance of the Executive in meeting agreed objectives and targets, including: the delivery of services; continuous improvement; financial performance, and risk management; to assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive, and to participate as a member or Chair of one or more of the Board Committees: Business, and Audit and Risk Assurance.”

Time: 20 days per annum

Remuneration: All members qualify for a basic allowance of £1,046 per annum, and there are additional allowances for members who take on certain special responsibilities

Closes:  3 May

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Nuclear Liabilities Fund  – Chair and Trustee-Director

“The Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF) holds assets of c. £20 billion and was established to meet the costs of decommissioning the UK’s nuclear power stations currently owned and operated by EDFE. The Fund is underwritten by HM Government and helps ensure the industry is able to meet its security and environmental responsibilities with regard to the waste management and decommissioning of these plants. This is an opportunity to lead a board that is making a major contribution to the UK economy, to the public good and to the financial and environmental wellbeing of future generations. The Chair leads the Board of the NLF in assessing its funding position, investing its assets, making payments to meet qualifying decommissioning costs and providing strategic input to help control decommissioning liabilities. This role offers the opportunity for active participation in managing innovative investment strategies to meet the Fund’s future liabilities.”

Time: 48 days per year

Remuneration: The role is remunerated at £9,130 per annum. No pension is payable for the appointment.

Closes:  9 May

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National Heritage Memorial Fund – Trustee and Chair of the Committee for Wales 

“The Chair of the Committee will work closely with the Wales Director to promote and represent the Fund in Wales. The successful appointee will be required, consistent with the Fund’s strategic objectives, to engage actively with stakeholders in the heritage and cultural sectors in Wales and with Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament). The Chair of the Committee will also ensure that the Trustees have visibility of, and are able to engage with, key issues and opportunities that are specific to the Fund’s work in Wales.”

Time: Trustees will be expected to dedicate an average of five days per month to The Fund business, plus time to read the necessary papers. Trustees will be expected to attend Board meetings (circa 6 -8 per annum) and four Committee meetings each year and other meetings as necessary depending on their membership of the Board’s Committees and panels.

Remuneration: The annual remuneration for the Trustee for Wales is £20,749.

Closes:  12 May

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HM Land Registry – Non-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: Expected time commitment is a minimum of 60 days per year. The Board meets up to ten times a year, both in London and at HMLR sites across England and Wales

Remuneration: “Competitive remuneration package”

Closes:  18 May

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Bank of England – External Member of the Financial Policy Committee 

“This is a high-profile and influential role. The appointment of external members to the FPC is designed to ensure that the Committee benefits from thinking and expertise in addition to that existing inside the Bank of England, and to provide constructive challenge during the Committee’s deliberations.  Each member of the FPC should have expertise in the field of financial services and economics.  External members will be independent – they will not represent or lobby for individual groups, interests, or sectors. The FPC usually meets quarterly for a series of meetings.  The Committee aims to set policy by consensus but will vote if a consensus cannot be reached.  FPC members are also expected to speak to audiences throughout the country, to explain the FPC’s policy decisions and thinking.”

Time: This role requires a part-time commitment of an average 23 days a quarter, though actual experience can vary considerably.

Remuneration: £99,200 a year

Closes:  23 May

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HM Prison and Probation Service – MAPPA Lay Adviser Northumbria

“Attend each Strategic Management Board (SMB) meeting. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the operation of MAPPA in Northumbria. Attend a Level 2 or 3 MAPP meeting quarterly, to assist in understanding the process and to enable the monitoring and evaluation of MAPPA. Confirm that the SMB has created effective links with other multi-agency forums, e.g. the Local Criminal Justice Board and the Local Safeguarding Children Boards. Assist in the preparation of the MAPPA annual report. Participate in any SMB sub-groups, working parties or projects. Participate in reviewing the SMB Business Plan and broader communication strategy. Participate in reviewing and questioning local MAPPA statistics. Attend local and regional events with the agreement of the Responsible Authority (Police, Probation, Prison Service).” Time: Be able to provide up to 8 hours a month but not more than 16 hours per month to the SMB Remuneration: This is a part-time unpaid post (expenses paid) Closes:  24 June