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Advisory Panel to the Welsh Language Commissioner to appoint up to 3 members

£198 per day plus reasonable expenses

The office of Welsh Language Commissioner (“the Commissioner”) was created under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (“the Measure”). The Commissioner’s functions include:

The Measure also provides for the establishment of the Advisory Panel to the Welsh Language Commissioner (“Advisory Panel”) which consists of 3 – 5 members appointed by the Welsh Ministers.

The role of the Advisory Panel is to provide support and advice to the Commissioner, on a strategic level, with regard to her functions and to act, when necessary, as a ‘critical friend’. It is not intended that the Advisory Panel becomes involved with the Commissioner’s day-to-day activities, nor is it intended that the panel has a significant public profile.

Successful candidates will have experience of strategic thinking and developing balanced, evidence based policy advice. They will also be able to work independently and as part of a team. They will have knowledge of at least two of the following: corporate governance; exercising functions conferred by or under an enactment; promoting and facilitating the use of Welsh or another language; public relations; regulatory regimes; and working in partnership with organisations in the public, private or third sectors. It is desirable that the Advisory Panel’s membership includes persons with knowledge of, and proficiency in, Welsh.

The Advisory Panel’s members are expected to be available to work a minimum of 6-8 days per year. The Advisory Panel meets up to 4 times a year and Panel members are expected to allocate time to prepare for Panel meetings. This pattern may vary over the 3 years as the Commissioners’ workload dictates. The Advisory Panel’s meetings are likely to be held in Cardiff, but there may be occasions when meetings are required in other parts of Wales or are undertaken through video conferencing.

It is the policy of the Welsh Government to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business including appointments to public bodies. It welcomes applications from groups currently under-represented including women, minority ethnic communities and disabled people. It welcomes applications for membership of the panel from Welsh-speakers and non- Welsh speaking persons. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and appointments will be made on merit.

For further details and to apply go to http://wales.gov.uk/publicappointments or for queries contact 029 2082 5454 or email hr-helpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk. The closing date for receipt of applications is 7 January 2015. Application forms received after this date will not be considered. It is expected that interviews will take place on 13 February 2015.

A large print, Braille or audio version of this advert can be obtained by request from 029 2082 5454.

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