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British Library Board vacancy: member with special knowledge of Scotland with specific remit to provide input at boardroom level on issues of public administration and corporate governance

The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) is seeking to recruit an exceptional individual, with 'special knowledge of Scotland' (as required by Section 2(1)(bb) of the British Library Act 1972) and with a high level of expertise in the area of public finance, administration and accountability, to serve as a part-time non-executive member of the British Library Board.

All candidates for appointment to the British Library Board must be able to demonstrate:

  • commitment to, and understanding of, the activities and services of the British Library and its public service and entrepreneurial goals;
  • interest in the strategic issues facing the national library in the context of the UK's research infrastructure and knowledge economy over the next decade;
  • sound intellectual and judgmental skills, experience of strategic decision making, and the ability to operate effectively at Board level or equivalent;
  • sound communication skills, and the ability to act as an ambassador for the Library to people of all backgrounds and to engage in profile raising, to be an articulate and enthusiastic exponent of both its traditional strengths and also its strategic agenda for redefining the Library for the digital age; and
  • willingness to participate fully and to network in support of the Library’s fund-raising activities.

In addition, for the role of Member with special knowledge of Scotland with specific remit to provide input at boardroom level on issues of public administration and corporate governance, the successful candidate will:

  • Have ‘special knowledge of Scotland' as required by Section 2(1)(bb) of the British Library Act 1972. This should include a broad appreciation of the historic, social and political context in Scotland.
  • Have a proven track-record at senior or boardroom level in public administration, accountability and governance, gained either in central government or another public sector body in Scotland, and with an ability to command respect with stakeholders in Scotland.
  • Be capable of providing input and oversight at boardroom level in relation to the above critical area for the British Library.

How to apply

For further information about this role, please download the role specification.

The closing date for applications is Monday 9 April 2012.

Candidates should be available for interview on Tuesday 15 May in Edinburgh.

To apply, please download, complete and return the Application Form (Word) and Monitoring Form (Word), together with a CV of not more than 3 pages to:

andy.stephens@bl.uk

Andy Stephens OBE
Board Secretary and Head of International Engagement
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7269
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7093

Alternatively, printed application packs can be obtained from the Board Secretary at the address above.

Documentation and links

Further information about the British Library

Annual Report and Accounts 2010/11

2020 Vision

Strategy 2011-2015

Corporate Governance: the British Library Board

Further information about public appointments

For further information about public appointments administered by the Department for Culture Media and Sport and related websites, please go to http://www.culture.gov.uk/about_us/public_appointments/default.aspx.

Other supporting documentation from the DCMS can be found at http://www.culture.gov.uk/about_us/public_appointments/6302.aspx.

Find out more about the Commissioner for Public Appointments and how to make a complaint at http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/OCPA_Complaints.pdf.

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