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Volunteer Regional Advisory Committee Chair & Vice-Chair, South & West (BBC Children in Need)

Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are currently looking for a Voluntary Advisory Committee Chair and Vice Chair in the South and West region.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our refreshed objectives and activities will ensure the impact we have on children’s lives is front and centre of the work the charity undertakes over and above the projects and services we fund.

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.  In order to find and fund the inspiring ideas, we will build on our commitment across the organisation to work collaboratively with all those who share our aspirations for children and young people.

Role Responsibility

The Chair will be responsible for leading the Advisory Committee meeting. In their absence the Vice-Chair will assume this responsibility.  Both the Chair and Vice Chair 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 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.

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. 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.

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 all members of the Committee to bring:

  • Sound understanding of the issues facing disadvantaged children and young people.
  • 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.

Our South and West Region consists of the following areas – Bristol, Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Guernsey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Oxfordshire, Somerset, West Sussex, and Wiltshire.

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 south&west@bbc.co.uk by midnight on 18th February 2018.  Please clearly specify the role that you are applying for.

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

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 Clare Cannock, Regional Head– South & West region on 0303 081 7572.

Interviews will be held in Bristol on 13-14th March 2018.

Successful candidates will be invited to observe the full Committee Meeting on 9-10th May 2018 and attend an Induction on 30th May 2018.

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.

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.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk. 

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