Salix Finance Limited, Non-Executive Directors x 2
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Joshua Sweet at [email protected]
London, but virtual for the foreseeable future
£450 per day
Do you want to play a key role in contributing towards the Government’s efforts to stimulate economic growth and reach our commitments on net zero carbon emissions by 2050?
Salix Finance Ltd. (“Salix”) is a BEIS Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and the delivery body for the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS). This scheme provides grant funding to public sector organisations for heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public sector buildings.
In 2020, the PSDS was launched with £1bn funding as part of the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs 2020’ commitment to support the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19, supporting up to 30,000 jobs in the low carbon and energy efficiency sectors.
Phase 1 funding has been awarded to 343 public sector organisations for 461 energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects. Phase 2 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme launched in April 2021, providing £75million of grant funding for the financial year 2021/22. As of 15 July 2021, 49 public sector organisations have been awarded grants for 54 energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects.
Lists of grant recipients and summaries of their projects for both phases of the scheme can be found on the PSDS gov.uk webpage.
We are seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) from 1 January 2022. The Board is collectively responsible for the long-term success of Salix through the provision of entrepreneurial leadership, good financial and risk management, meeting key performance targets and setting the company’s strategic aims, values, culture and standards.
The successful appointees will participate in the Board’s work and will be expected to devote up to 24 days per year on Salix duties.
The role of the Non-Executive Director (NED) is to provide challenge and support to the executive team on behalf of the Board. In order to do this, they will need to maintain an up-to-date understanding of the heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency challenges faced by public sector organisations. They will also provide constructive challenge on the business strategy, performance and use of resources, as well as scrutinising the performance of management on their agreed goals and objectives.
Our NEDs also verify the reliability of financial information, and the controls used for the management of risk. They ensure that effective governance structures and risk management methods are robust and in line with current standards. NEDs uphold the highest standards of integrity, probity, impartiality and objectivity and supporting the chairperson and executive directors in instilling the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the boardroom and beyond.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
Experience and expertise of operating at a senior management level, in the private or public sector;
Track record of ensuring effective governance and probity and demonstrating good strategic perspective at Board level;
Strong ability to influence, challenge, build consensus and contribute effectively to the work of the Board at a strategic level;
Significant experience in financial management or a qualification in accountancy/financial management; and/or experience or knowledge overseeing the management of public money; and
The ability to build effective relationships and take into account the views of members and other partners where appropriate, communicating these effectively.
It is desirable that candidates demonstrate experience/skills in one or more of the following areas:
Decarbonisation technologies or energy efficiency and/or their application;
Working to deliver investment programmes and/or change/transformation in public, voluntary or private sector organisations; and
Experience and/or knowledge of financial management or risk management.
How to Apply
Your application is submitted in two parts.
Both parts must be submitted by 23:00 on 5 September 2021 in order for your application to be considered complete. Applications which are incomplete or received after this date will not be considered.
Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability
One document combining a two-page statement of suitability and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria.
Send to Joshua Sweet at [email protected] with ‘Salix, NEDs’ in the subject heading.
Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form.
Complete a diversity monitoring and conflict of interest form via the following link.