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President of the Valuation Tribunal for England

Closing date:  24 February, 2016 - 13:00

 Applications are now open for this further opportunity to apply for President of the Valuation Tribunal for England.  Please click the large green 'Apply' button on this page to make your application.

 Number of vacancies: One immediate post. Whilst this is a non-legal post, applications from legally qualified candidates are welcome.

 Appointment will be on a part-time basis with a required commitment of 50% - 60%; the exact working pattern to be agreed on appointment. The President is not prohibited from undertaking other paid employment on non-working days, as long as the continuation of such does not pose a conflict of interest with the role or responsibilities of President.  The President is appointed for a four-year term; renewal for further successive periods may be considered.

 Location: Based in London.

 Salary: The President will receive a full-time equivalent salary (£106,040pa) aligned to Group 7 of the Judicial Salaries and Fees as set by the Ministry of Justice, plus an additional £4,000 (pro rata) allowance for those based in London.

 Jurisdiction: This challenging and high profile opportunity has arisen within the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) for an individual who can provide the outstanding leadership needed to ensure the Tribunal delivers against its demanding strategic objectives. The VTE hears appeals on Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating which together account for around £50 billion of Government revenue. The VTE’s decisions can therefore have a significant and far-reaching impact.

 We are seeking a senior leader with strong strategic skills to sustain effective relationships and shape and guide the Tribunal by providing proportionate and practical solutions which withstand public scrutiny.  The successful candidate will possess stature and integrity and be able to demonstrate that they can:

  • lead the work of the Tribunal
  • ensure its effective operation
  • work in partnership with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Valuation Tribunal Service (VTS)

 The President leads and develops the volunteer Tribunal membership. This includes allocating responsibilities to vice-presidents and managing their roles; motivating and maintaining the enthusiasm of all members; and establishing appropriate systems for mentoring and appraisal.

 The VTE works in partnership with the VTS and is supported administratively by staff of the VTS; this includes the provision of qualified clerks who provide technical, procedural and valuation advice to the VTE.

 The President will be appointed ‘ex officio’ to the Board of the VTS. This role involves attending meetings and participating as a full Board member, and contributing to the objectives of the VTS. 

 Eligibility: The President of the VTE is appointed by the Lord Chancellor under Schedule 11 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by Schedule 15 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Heath Act 2007). 

 Additional selection criteria: The Lord Chancellor expects candidates will have sufficient directly relevant senior managerial experience. This could be from sitting in a position of authority on enquiries or committees, sitting on or managing panels, or acting as arbitrator or mediator or equivalent in the field of tribunals, administrative law or local or national taxation.