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Key facts about the role

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Board member of Natural Resources Wales (NRW). NRW is the first organisation in the world to bring together many of the tools needed to pursue and apply the sustainable management of natural resources in relation to Wales. NRW is Wales’ largest Welsh Government Sponsored Body, established on 1 April 2013. Alongside a wide range of operational and regulatory responsibilities, it is the principal adviser to Welsh Government about natural resources.

The Board provides leadership and sets the organisation’s strategic direction and objectives. The Board also promotes high standards by upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money. It ensures NRW’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively, monitoring NRW’s performance to ensure it fully meets its statutory duties, aims, objectives and performance targets.

We are looking for three Board members to commence from September 2022:

  1. Board member suitable for appointment as Chair of Board Finance Sub Committee;
  2. Board member suitable for appointment as Chair of Board Flood Risk Management Sub Committee;
  3. Board member with knowledge of the timber and renewable energy markets.

One Board member to commence from 01 November 2022:

  1. Board member suitable for appointment as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

And two Board members to commence from 09 November 2022:

  1. Board member with experience of social/community engagement and the third sector and/or social enterprise;
  2. Board member suitable for appointment as member of the Wales Land Management Forum.

NRW needs people with ambition and ideas who can commit to attend six Board meetings a year. Board members will also be expected to be members of statutory sub-committees which meet 4-6 times a year. This role has a time commitment of 36 days per year (or 48 days per year if appointed to a Chair of a Sub Committee (roles 1. and 2.) and will be offered as an initial appointment of two-five years.  The term will be determined by the appointing Minister (the Minister for Climate Change) in light of all prevailing circumstances at appointment.

The role can be located anywhere in Wales and attracts remuneration of £350 per day plus reasonable expenses.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many of the meetings are currently held virtually, but longer term the meetings will be held in public in different locations around Wales, some of which may require an overnight stay. Other meetings, for example those which enable the Board to develop as a team will also be held throughout the year. These will be arranged to minimise the travel implications for the Board as a whole.

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.