Independent Advisory Member of the Commission for Local Administration in England

The Commission for Local Administration in England (CLAE) wishes to appoint an Independent Advisory Member

Salary Scale

£250 per day, plus reasonable expenses

Closing date for applications

23:30 hrs on Monday 02 March 2020

If you are looking for your next independent board-level challenge we can offer you the chance to take on a role that makes a difference. This is an opportunity to be part of a body whose work helps to change people’s lives for the better by sharing learning from complaints to improve local public services and adult social care provision. 

The Commission is the statutory governing body for the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) service in England. We are looking for an advisory member to join the Commission and also be part of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and its Remuneration and Appointments Committee.  

With an interest in social justice, strategic-level experience and an understanding of public sector governance, customer service and risk management, you will provide constructive challenge to the Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team. Your excellent communication skills and strong interest in the work of the LGSCO will enable you to build effective partnerships and productive relationships, and be confident to challenge, influence and engage.

The Commission’s core purpose is to provide strategic leadership to make sure the LGSCO achieves its strategic objectives. This role offers the opportunity to provide external challenge, support, expertise and an objective perspective on key matters such as our strategy, finance and risk management.

You will bring insight, good practice and experience from the wider environment to our Coventry-based meetings, which focus on strategic thinking and discussion, oversight of corporate planning and budgeting, stewardship and accountability. 

The role is for a three-year term, with the option of an additional term, and a maximum time commitment of 18 days per year.

You can find more information about the Commission, the role and how to apply in our candidate brief.

Current Commission member, Carol Brady said:

“I've learnt a lot over the past few years from being an advisory member -  not only in the way the Ombudsman works but from the knowledge and experience shared by the other advisory members.

“However, holding others to account in delivering a good service means the Ombudsman too has to live up to the exact same standards. It’s been an invaluable part of my role to see the work that goes on internally within the organisation to do just that. 

“This is further supported by the work of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, which advisory members sit on, and which will often take ‘deep dives’ into the work of the Ombudsman and give assurance the organisation is working effectively and providing excellent value for money.

“It's a privilege to work with the other Commission members, whose experiences in their various sectors means there is still so much to learn and share.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with LGSCO as it strive to improve the provision of  services for consumers both within local authorities and the care sector and will continue to support its work from afar when my term comes to an end.”

Closing date for applications Monday 2 March 2020