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Adult Advisory Panel Recruitment

We’re appointing new members to join our advisory panel.

These roles are ideal for people who are excited by the prospect of making a difference to the lives of children and young people in Wales and want to share their knowledge skills and life experiences with our team.

Read the Role Description

Playing a key role within the governance of our office, the panel acts as a sounding board, providing practical and strategic advice to the Commissioner and the team to ensure the successful delivery of our ambitious three-year plan.

We are seeking to appoint between 12 and 16 new members through an open competition process. Successful applicants will be expected to attend three meetings a year and can volunteer to take on enriching additional duties, such as attending our young people’s advisory panel meetings or joining the Commissioner’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee as a non-executive member.

Knowledge of issues affecting children and young people in Wales today and a positive attitude towards co-working with young people is essential. We are committed to equal opportunities and it is important to us that our organisation reflects the diverse communities that we work with and the lived experiences of people within those communities. We would particularly welcome applications from these underrepresented individuals:

People from BAME & LBGTQ communities
People affected by disability
People who have experienced life in care

For informal enquiries about this opportunity, please contact Sara Jermin, Head of Communications and Performance for the Commissioner, on 01792 765600 or email

Additional information

  • Appointments will be for a three-year period, starting in October 2019.
  • Members will be expected to participate in panel meetings three times a year, one hosted in Cardiff, another in north Wales and a joint meeting with our young people’s panel in mid-Wales. You will be encouraged to travel to meetings by public transport where this is practical.
  • The role is unpaid but you will be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses.
  • Applicants need to be based in Wales.
  • Applicants also need to be 18 years old or over.
  • Being mindful of a potential conflict of interest, we cannot accept applications from individuals currently employed in a senior role by an organisation which the Commissioner could review under her statutory powers, an organisation that co-works with our organisation on a regular basis, or who is likely to bid for a contract tendered by the Commissioner.
  • We will also not accept applications from elected members, including local councillors, Assembly Members and Members of Parliament.
  • We will not appoint more than one person per organisation.


To apply, please email the following documents to by 0900 on 27 August 2019.

We cannot accept late applications. When applying, please specify ‘Advisory Panel Application’ in email subject box.

Please provide:

  • A CV (two sides of A4 maximum) setting out your career history, achievements and any existing public appointments or offices held
  • A personal statement (maximum 400 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experiences provide evidence for your suitability for the role
  • A completed version of the declaration of interest and diversity monitoring form

All applications will be considered by a panel consisting of the Children’s Commissioner, Chair of the Advisory Panel, our Head of Practice, our Head of Communications and Performance and the Chairs of the Commissioner’s young people’s advisory panels.

Due to the popularity of our opportunities it may not be possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful applications.

Data Protection

All personal data you provide will be processed as set out in the privacy notice. All documents relating to unsuccessful applications will be destroyed no later than 12 months after the closing date for applications.

The decision notice and master matrix will be destroyed after 12 months.

The successful applicant’s details will be kept securely during their term of office and up to 12 months following departure of post.