Board Member

Remuneration: £282 per day plus travel expenses
Time Commitment: Up to 3 days per month/Maximum 36 days annually
Tenure: 3 years with the option to extend for a further 3
Location: Newport (However candidates will be considered across the UK)


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We are working in strategic partnership with Qualifications Wales in the appointment of 5 new board members. Qualifications Wales is a Welsh Government sponsored body that monitors and regulates all qualifications in Wales other than degrees.

The role of the board is to provide strong governance and effective leadership, to develop the strategic plan for Qualifications Wales and set challenging objectives. It ensures that Qualifications Wales’ activities are conducted efficiently and effectively and it monitors the performance to ensure that the body meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.


  • Provide strategic direction and leadership, driving performance and hold the Body to account against its strategic and corporate plans.
  • Together with other Board members, ensure that the Body fulfils its statutory aims and objectives.
  • Work co-operatively to build relationships with all stakeholders including key Welsh Government Departments, particularly the Department for Education and Skills.
  • Ensure propriety, regularity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the operation of the body. 


Experience and skills required

  • The ability to bring fresh ideas to discussions on both strategic and practical issues outside of your areas of expertise
  • The ability to oversee, direct and / or make decisions in the face of political or financial uncertainty
  • The ability to scrutinise our work to ensure any reforms to qualifications are manageable, engaging and designed to meet the intended vision
  • A good understanding of the work of Qualifications Wales and its work with stakeholders
Expertise required

  • Regulation – Experience of regulating other industries rather than adhering to regulations/policies
  • Assessment – Experience in the theory and application of assessments / examinations
  • Business Management – Substantial commercial skills gained from the private sector
Understanding of the education sector 

Qualifications Wales has a skills-based board, so roles are not allocated to individuals from specific backgrounds. However, good knowledge of one of the following education sectors would be desirable for some of the roles available: Schools and colleges, higher education sector, work-based learning and apprenticeships.

Welsh Language 

The ability to speak, understand, read and write in Welsh will be essential for one of the five appointments.


Applicants should note that the Qualifications Wales Act 2015 disqualifies anyone from being a board member who is:

  • a member of an awarding body recognised by Qualifications Wales or a member of its staff;
  • a Member of the National Assembly for Wales;
  • a Member of the House of Commons or the House of Lords.
About Qualifications Wales

Our Strategy 

Qualifications Wales Annual Report

Governance Structure 

Diversity Strategy

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society - people from all walks of life - to help them understand people's needs and make better decisions. This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies. Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

How to apply


To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. Before you apply, you will need to download the supporting candidate pack. 

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Luke Robért
Specialist Recruitment Consultant
Luke is part of Acorn’s specialist & senior appointments team here in South Wales. He’s a secondary Welsh Speaker who focuses on delivering retained & contingent recruitment solutions for the Executive & Senior Appointments field along with also leading our finance recruitment division across our local operations.
Acorn work in partnership with Qualification Wales to promote board member opportunities.
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