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Independent Panel Chair and Panel member opportunities (CEF/BLEF)

Posted: 4 Sep 2019 Closes: 30 Sep 2019
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Independent Panel Chair and Panel member opportunities (CEF/BLEF)

Birmingham, Snow Hill (primary location) with travel to London, Euston


The Community & Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) for Phase One has been open for applications since March 2017. With a combined total of £40 million for Phase One and £5 million for Phase 2a, the Funds are available to local communities and businesses who may experience disruption from the construction of HS2. Funding for projects in Phase 2a will be available once Royal Assent for Phase 2a has been granted.



This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of a funding programme that will add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation for disrupted communities and will support local economies, which are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of this much-needed new railway.

As an independent Panel Chair you will lead and represent the independent Funds Panel, helping to deliver the objectives of the funds and providing external scrutiny and challenge. The key aim will be to influence and direct the programme, assisting HS2 Ltd in the delivery of the operational and strategic goals of the funds.

As an independent Panel member, you will review and comment on grant applications, provide an independent voice at Panel meetings and offer external scrutiny and challenge. The key aim will be to make recommendations to the Government as to whether it should agree to fund grant applications whilst assisting HS2 Ltd in the delivery of the operational and strategic objectives of the funds, especially bringing expertise in business and local economic development or the environment.

To succeed in this role you’ll need knowledge and experience of administering grants, the ability to command respect with public, political and professional audiences, an ability to think objectively and an understanding of the political, reputational and policy sensitivities of a non-executive role in public life. You’ll also have a proven track record in making significant contributions on other panels, board appointments, or similar roles. 

As Panel Chair you’ll have an ability to conclude discussions and take a decision where there may be conflicting views from Panel members. And finally, you must have sufficient availability to commit 20 days a year as Panel Chair and 8 days a year as a Panel member, with a willingness to travel within the UK.

2 year opportunity to extend commencing 01/01/2020.

Interviews will take place early October.  

To apply enclosing CV and Personal Statement, giving an indication as to which role would wish to be considered for.  


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