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Sponsor Body seeks External Members (Non-Executive Directors)

17th May 2021

The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect and preserve the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century. This is an enormous and unprecedented undertaking, which is expected to be the most complex renovation programme of any single building the UK has ever seen.

The work is being carried out under a two-tier governance system with a Sponsor Body and a Delivery Authority. Under this structure, the Sponsor Body is the single client accountable to Parliament. The role of the Delivery Authority is to deliver the Programme to the scope, budget and timescale set down by and agreed with the Sponsor Board.

Responsible for setting the strategic direction of the project, providing leadership and good governance, the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (“Sponsor Body”) was established in shadow form in 2018 and became a statutory organisation separate from Parliament in April 2020. The Delivery Authority and its leadership team, has been established by the Sponsor Body as a company limited by guarantee. There is a Programme Delivery Agreement between the two bodies which forms the basis of their relationship and obligations.

The Sponsor Body was established with four external, independent, non-executive Board members whose terms are now coming to an end. Consequently, it is the intention to make four new appointments to the new terms of office for these roles, all of whom will need to demonstrate experience of leadership and delivery at the highest-level in an executive or non-executive capacity in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

They will have outstanding Board level experience in an organisation operating in a prominent public sphere, a significant track record of leadership and outstanding levels of expertise in the types of issues that are likely to be important in the Restoration and Renewal Programme, experience of working within an open and transparent environment and achieving demonstrable value for money.

We are looking for individuals with extensive experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Developing and overseeing complex, multi-faceted projects;

  • Commercial or financial expertise gained in a relevant environment;

  • Leadership within a heritage environment, ideally with buildings of national or international significance;

  • Political acumen, the ability to navigate relationships and quickly grasp the environment and dynamics in which Parliament operates, including its interaction with Government;

  • Strong communication and influencing skills; the ability to listen effectively and challenge constructively, supporting collective decisions and balancing challenge with assurance and support.

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Externally appointed Board members will receive an annual remuneration of £24,000 with an anticipated time commitment of at least two days per month.

The Restoration and Renewal Programme is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion at every level in our governance.

Candidates should apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Please state in your covering letter if you believe you have any current or potential conflicts of interest relating to this role.

We look forward to receiving your application by noon on 4 June 2021

Please contact karen.watling@r-r.org.uk for any questions relating to these roles.

Security

Successful candidates will be required to complete security vetting to a minimum Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level obtained through the Parliamentary Security Department (PSD). Candidates are required to pass these checks before a start date can be confirmed. Applicants should also be aware that, depending on the role applied for, if they have resided outside of the UK for a total of more than two of the last five years they may not be eligible for vetting.

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