• Non-executive Members, Advisory Committee for Scotland

    Salary Details
    Annual Fee plus expenses
    Job Type
    Non-Executive Member
    Job Level
    Non Executive Member
    Closing Date
  • Purpose of the Role

    Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, postal services, telecommunications and wireless communications services.


    The Advisory Committee for Scotland provides advice to Ofcom colleagues about the interests and opinions of people living in Scotland and its diverse communities on communications matters including television and radio broadcasting, postal services, telecoms and spectrum issues. The Committee strives to ensure that Ofcom’s work is informed by the widest possible understanding of the experience of consumers and citizens in Scotland, capturing the distinctive needs of people living in different parts of Scotland.


    We wish to appoint two Members to the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland with starting dates from the first half of 2019.

    Skills, knowledge and experience

    Applicants will be able to demonstrate:

    • Knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the communication sectors Ofcom regulates
    • Understanding of Ofcom’s role and responsibilities in a complex political landscape
    • Understanding of Scotland’s diverse economy, society and culture
    • The ability to understand and articulate the varied needs and views of citizens and consumers in Scotland
    • Effective communication skills and the ability to work as part of a committee

    On this occasion, we would particularly be interested in hearing from applicants with experience working within the telecoms and postal sectors in Scotland and of the challenges of delivering communications services to Scotland’s rural and remote areas.

    Further Information

    The Committee meets up to 5 times per year, usually in Edinburgh and all Members are asked to commit to a total of 12 days per year to this work for which we will pay an annual fee.


    No Member of the Committee may be directly employed by organisations that Ofcom regulates or licenses or derive the majority of their employment income from such a company even if not so employed. No Member of the Committee may sit as a Member of the Scottish Parliament, either House of the UK Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly or the Welsh Assembly. However, sitting as a Local Councillor is acceptable. Working full time for any central Government Civil Service department is also not acceptable although working full time for local government is acceptable. Members must exercise careful judgement to ensure that their position on this Committee is not perceived to be in conflict with any other activities, professional or otherwise.


    To apply, please click the 'apply for this job online' icon. You need to submit a CV and a covering letter. In your covering letter you must include a section which gives evidence of how you meet the key competencies for the role which are detailed in the Essential Skills/Experience of the Job Description. The responses should be presented in an objective, consistent and focused manner.


    The sifting process will be based on a consideration of the totality of the evidence provided. Failure to demonstrate how a candidate successfully meets each of the competencies will have a direct bearing on whether an individual will be shortlisted to interview stage.


    The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Thursday 13 December 2018.


    Interviews are expected to take place in Edinburgh on 16 or 17 January 2019.






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