The Chair

The Commissions of both Houses wish to appoint an externally recruited chair with demonstrable experience of high level leadership and delivery at executive or non-executive level in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

As an experienced board-level individual the chair will have a proven understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal programme. Interest and passion in the work of the Board will help to shape the future direction of the programme and ensure it is set up in the best possible way to ensure its future success.

The chair will be able to demonstrate the following:


  • Experience as a chair of boards of organisations responsible for £multi-billion budgets
  • Leadership and influencing skills with a senior and challenging stakeholder / shareholder group
  • Significant expertise in balancing public and private sector priorities and requirements within a highly political environment
  • Significant track record of leadership and deep expertise in the types of issues that are likely to be important in the Restoration and Renewal Programme
  • Experience of working within an open and transparent environment, and achieving demonstrable value for money
  • A natural affinity for public speaking, presentations, and ability to represent the board and sponsor body externally, including through engaging with the media, and to Parliament

Skills and qualities

  • Ability to operate in a high profile, publicly accountable environment
  • Political acumen, the ability to navigate relationships and quickly grasp the environment and dynamics in which Parliament operates, including its interaction with Government
  • Leadership in their field, commanding the respect of their peers
  • Strong communication and influencing skills; the ability to listen effectively and challenge constructively, supporting collective decisions and balancing challenge with assurance and support
  • High credibility with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of individuals, building productive, collaborative relationships
  • An enquiring mind, able to grasp relevant issues and develop creative solutions
  • The intellectual rigour to understand complex issues and risk quickly

Strong commitment to public service values such as diversity and inclusion, and the Nolan Principles of public life: Selflessness; Integrity; Objectivity; Accountability; Openness; Honesty; Leadership

Terms & Conditions

The chair is likely to spend four to five days per month on sponsor board related activities. In the early days of the new body and around the time of transition to statutory status, more time commitment may be required in order to set the strategic direction of the programme, establish good governance, and liaise with parliamentarians and other stakeholders.

The chair will receive an annual remuneration of c.£40,000. 

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