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Voluntary Committee Member, London & South East (BBC Children in Need)

Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need is looking for Voluntary Advisory Committee Members, a Chair and Vice-Chair in the London & South East region.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our focus is on finding and funding the inspiring ideas that change children’s lives.
And whilst we know that every child deserves a childhood that is safe, happy and secure, we know too that a growing number of children are experiencing ever increasing and more complex levels of disadvantage.
We are seeking volunteers for our Advisory Committee to help make decisions on awarding the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the London & South East Region.

The London & South East region covers Greater London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, East Sussex and Kent. We are seeking members who have knowledge of the region and understanding of the diversity of the children and young people we support.
We encourage applications from all parts of the community to join our London & South East Regional Advisory Committee.

Role Responsibility

Committee Members advise the Trustees of BBC Children in Need on grant applications. Just over £15 million was awarded last year to projects working to make a difference to children’s lives in the London & South East region.

Each Advisory Committee member is part of a small team, who collectively bring a range of skills, knowledge and experience including: working with children and young people; the voluntary sector; disability; social services; equal opportunities; business planning and finance; the rights of the child and legislation that affects children. An Advisory Committee Member must be able to work as part of a team, communicate effectively and evaluate the merits of a grant application in an objective manner.

The Chair and Vice-Chair will be responsible for leading the Advisory Committee meeting. They will be expected to demonstrate unbiased, clear and supportive leadership; an ability to manage a diverse range of personalities and experiences, and lead the committee through difficult decision-making by placing the balance of emphasis on information and objectivity.

The Chair and Vice-Chair will not normally be expected to undertake reads on individual applications. Their role in the application/assessment process will be to maintain an overview and ensure a robust and positive decision making process.
 

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 children and young people experiencing disadvantage
  • 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

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.
We particularly encourage applicants with understanding and expertise in the following areas:

  • BAMER communities
  • Health policy and practice, including mental health
  • Education, schools and academies
  • Youth violence/offending
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Looked After Children
  • Social Care
  • Youth work
  • South East counties: Buckinghamshire, Essex, East Sussex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey
  • South London, West London, and outer London boroughs

Package Description

This recruitment is for the London & South East Committee and requires the members to have knowledge of and/or be based in the region.

N.B. Please apply by email not through by clicking the 'Apply' button.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 13th May 2018.
To apply please email CV and supporting letter, explaining your experience and how you meet the requirements of the role,  to london&se@bbc.co.uk
Please indicate in your supporting letter which role(s) you are applying for: Committee Member, Chair, Vice-Chair.

Interviews are expected to be held on 4th & 5th June 2018.
Successful candidates will be expected to attend induction and training sessions on 2nd or 4th July 2018 (date tbc) and to observe the Committee Meeting on 13th & 14th September 2018.

N.B. Please apply by email not through by clicking the 'Apply' button.
For further information about the role please contact Katie Higginson, London & South East Regional Head:
katie.higginson@bbc.co.uk

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 6-8 days each year for meetings and training. In addition there is time spent reading applications prior to each meeting.

Committee meetings take place at the BBC in White City. The roles require some travel and overnight stays. BBC Children in Need will reimburse expenses e.g. travel, overnight stays.

Appointments are subject to satisfactory references and an ID check. In addition to this Committee members are required to sign up to Terms of Reference and a Code of Conduct.  Committee members are also required to sign a BBC Children in Need Personal Disclosure Form, a Fit and Proper Persons Declaration and an annual Declaration of Interest. Advisory Committee members are expected to strictly observe confidentiality on matters relating to grant applications.

 

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 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.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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