Public Appointment: National Lottery Community Fund - Chair of Northern Ireland Funding Committee

4 Oct 2020 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 22 Oct 2020

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Applications are sought for a new chair of the Northern Ireland Committee, who will also sit as a member of The National Lottery Community Fund Board

The National Lottery Community Fund’s core purpose is to support people and communities to thrive. This is delivered through their Strategic Framework, People in the Lead. They are the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Every year they distribute £600 million raised by players of the National Lottery. In Northern Ireland TNL Communty Fund make grants to a broad range of organisations, from small grants of under £10,000 through the National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland programme to large grants of up to £500,000. Almost all of their grants (97%) are made to voluntary and community sector organisations.

Applications are now sought for a new chair of the Northern Ireland Committee, who will also sit as a member of The National Lottery Community Fund Board. This is a time when the Fund supports communities in Northern Ireland to adjust to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and look forward to developing plans for its new funding portfolio for 2021 and beyond and opening a Dormant Accounts fund for the first time.

The Role – Northern Ireland Committee Chair

  • Agree the strategic direction of the portfolio to deliver People in the Lead in Northern Ireland in conjunction with the committee and executive team and in a manner which complements the Northern Ireland context.
  • Ensure that programme and funding decisions fit within the Fund’s accountability framework
  • Shape and sustain a committee of diverse and high-quality committee members who have appropriate knowledge and understanding of community and public life across Northern Ireland.
  • Ensure that the committee individually and collectively operates to the highest standards and performance.
  • Oversee decisions on major funding applications and ensure effective oversight of delegated decisions.
  • Review and reflect on the shape and development of the Northern Ireland funding portfolio.
  • Act as an ambassador for The National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland.
  • Ensure the Board is engaged in and aware of key issues and opportunities which impact the Fund’s work in Northern Ireland

The Person


All candidates will need to demonstrate in their application that they meet the majority of following essential criteria to a high standard :

  • An appropriate understanding of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northern Ireland and the ability to engage with senior stakeholders therein
  • along with senior stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Experience of charitable and community funding
  • Extensive experience of operating as a non-executive, and ability to operate as a Chair
  • An understanding of portfolio management, funding decision-making and oversight at a senior level
  • First class communication and inter-personal skills with the ability to challenge constructively
  • A commitment to improve diversity and inclusion.


  • Experience of leading decision making about resources or funding at a significant scale.
  • A commitment to the principles of public sector propriety, regularity and accountability with regards to NDPBs.

Time Commitment

The Board meets quarterly, including a two-day meeting with overnight stay. We also hold a Board and Committee day once a year. Meetings take place in London and another location in the UK once or possibly twice a year therefore travel is required. The Northern Ireland Committee meets approximately 12 times per year and has an annual away day. In addition, as a Board member and Northern Ireland Chair you will meet with strategic partners, attend events and represent the Fund.

Board and Committee members also provide informal support and advice to the executive drawing on their specific expertise and on occasion represent the Fund at events or assist the Fund with networking. The specific time commitment of individual Board members will be a matter for discussion with the UK Board Chair.
The time commitment can be up to 60 days per year.


The remuneration will be £24,000 per annum. The role is not pensionable. Expenses will be paid.

Length of Appointment

The appointment is for up to four years. Re-appointment for a second term may be made, at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Type of Appointment

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has formal responsibility for the appointment of the members of the Board. In line with the ‘The Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’ the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be kept informed of the progress of the public appointments process and will be responsible for the public appointment as the appointing authority.

How to apply

For full details and to apply, click here. The closing date has been extended to 1 November 2020.'s picture
by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

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