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Chair and Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee

BBC Children in Need





Application Deadline:

Jul 31, 2024

About the organisation

    BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK Charity for children and young people. We believe that every child should have the chance to thrive and be the best they can be. We are committed to being there for children across the UK when they need us the most. Together with the BBC and our partners, we inspire the nation to support this work. Thanks to the support of the public and other supporters, we are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK through the grants we make.

About the vacancy

    The Chair is a member of the Advisory Committee and is responsible for leading the Planning and Portfolio meetings. The role of chairing the Grant Allocation meetings is jointly shared by the Chair and the Vice-Chair. 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 and Vice-Chair will share responsibility for chairing the six Grant Allocation meetings throughout the year. Their role in this part of the process is to maintain an overview and ensure a robust and positive decision making process.

Key Responsibilities

    In light of their leadership role, the Chair of the Advisory Committee and Vice-Chair, attend and chair at least three Grant Allocation meetings. The Chair, and Vice-Chair in their absence, will be expected to chair both of the Planning and Portfolio meetings and there will be additional time needed to plan and liaise with the National Head / Impact Manager in preparation for meetings.

    At a UK level, we organise an annual meeting for Advisory Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs led by the Chair of the BBC Children in Need Trustees. These are a great opportunity to meet with colleagues across the organisation and attendance is strongly encouraged.

Key Competencies


    Experience of chairing
    Good leadership and diplomacy skills
    Good listening skills
    Ability to remain calm and facilitate effective discussion involving a range of opinions and achieving good participation
    Ability to strive for a consensus
    Ability to pace a meeting appropriately
    Ability to build a strong team
    Analytical skills and interpretation of complex written and financial information
    Ability to assess feasibility of projects
    Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with people of all types and at all levels
    Good decision making skills
    Ability to think strategically, discuss and debate in a meeting environment
    Ability to remain objective and retain an overview
    Ability to meet tight deadlines, time management and prioritisation skills
    IT literacy to competent standard
    Flexibility and adaptability
    A good understanding of the voluntary and statutory sectors
    Good knowledge of local / national areas
    A sound understanding of issues facing disadvantaged children and young people

    Skills/experience of assessing

Desired Qualifications

    No specific qualifications are required.
BBC Children in Need

How to Apply

Applications should be emailed to: (National Head – Scotland) Please mark your email: Private and Confidential – Scotland Advisory Committee Chair or Vice-Chair Application.

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