Chair sought for government advisory board

The Office of the Third Sector is looking for a chair and 12 members for its new advisory board to advise ministers on implementing plans set out in the third sector review.

The OTS Advisory Body, which is being established as a non-departmental public body, will replace the Voluntary and Community Sector Advisory Group, the Futurebuilders Advisory Panel and the Infrastructure National Partnership.

The chair will be paid £10,000 a year for 25 days of work. Members will be expected to commit 15 days a year at a rate of £250 per day, plus “reasonable expenses”.

An OTS statement said that it was looking for “an exceptional candidate” with a “deep understanding of issues affecting the third sector and a perspective on its interactions with other sectors” to take on the role of chair.

Once appointed, the chair will sit on the interview panel for the members. The OTS said members would need an extensive knowledge of the sector and “wider experience in other sectors – for example, business, local government and academia”.

The closing date for applications for the position of chair is 10 March. Applications for the dozen member roles will be accepteduntil 19 March. Appointments will be from May 2008 to March 2011.

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