Army Board – Non-Executive Member of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB) is the Army’s executive committee of the Army Board (AB), which is chaired annually by the Secretary of State for Defence. It is the principal decision-making forum through which the Head of the Army (the Chief of the General Staff (CGS)) exercises command. ECAB focuses on the business aspects of the Army from strategy and future force development through to portfolio direction and in-year financial management. It also prepares the CGS for his quarterly performance and risk-reporting meetings with the Department Permanent Secretary and Chief of Defence Staff.

  • Background
    ECAB is an empowered committee of the AB directed under Letters Patent issued to the Defence Council and by sanction of the Defence (Transfer of Functions) Act 1964. Its duties are set out in Annex B to Chapter 1 of the Queen’s Regulations for the Army. Its responsibilities are to:

    • Determine the Army’s Strategy, Annual Command Plan and its priorities;
    • Agree Army sub-strategies to ensure coherence with the Army’s Strategy and Plan;
    • Review the Army’s Performance, Risk and Assurance at least quarterly and conduct a deep dive on each risk at least annually;
    • Agree the Annual Budgetary Cycle/Balance of Investment decisions and monitor in-year financial forecasts;
    • Determine Army Organisation, structure and laydown;

    As the Portfolio Direction Group (PDG) ensure that the Army Portfolio delivers its desired outcomes and benefits by:
    • Directing top-level change within the Army’s Portfolio (equipment, infrastructure and non-equipment change programmes);
    • Providing oversight of ECAB-level programmes through deep dives where the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) provides an update on progress, issues and risks;
    • Endorsing the priority and funding of new initiatives;
    • Reviewing issues raised by the Portfolio Progress Committee.

    As the Military Strategy Board (MSB):

    • Agree Land Commitments Planning Guidance for contingent capability, Defence Engagement activity and emerging operations;
    • Agree the Army Commitments Priority Matrix to inform force preparation for readiness, interoperability activity, and force development activity;
    • Consider reports raised from its sub-committees.
  • Role description

    As a Non-Executive Member you will be expected to advise ECAB to assist in:

    • Discharging executive responsibilities for the delivery of coherent military capability, the current and future fighting effectiveness and efficiency of the Army, and the morale of the Service;
    • Discharging CGS’ executive responsibility for the Army and CGS’ quarterly holding to account;
    • Exercising command and administration of the Service, disposing of all such matters that can be settled within its discretion, and making recommendations to the Army Board and other senior Defence committees/boards where matters are remitted for consideration or decision;
    • Considering the Army’s planning rounds, in-year performance management, risk, budgetary, resource, assurance and corporate governance issues;
    • Monitoring the performance of the key intermediate suppliers against agreed plans, to allow ECAB to hold them to account for their performance and direct remedial action wherever necessary.
  • Person Specification

    As a Non-Executive Member, you will have background and senior experience across some or all of:

    • Change Management;
    • Innovation and Technology;
    • Brand and Communication.

    You will be international in outlook and experience and have operated at Board level.


    Essential criteria:

    • Analytical;
    • Inquisitive and Independent;
    • Healthily sceptical;
    • Knowledgeable about corporate governance and best practice.


    Desirable criteria:

    • Held influential positions in the functional specialisms highlighted above;
    • Risk management and regulatory experience;
    • Commercial and Financial understanding.


    In addition to the required criteria, you will have relevant and complementary experience that:

    • Widens the horizons within which the Board determines strategy, by applying the benefits of your wider general experience;
    • Bringing into discussions any background, specialist skill, knowledge and experience that is relevant.


    The successful candidate will be expected to uphold:


    Conflicts of Interest:

    Applicants must disclose information on personal connections, which if they were appointed, could lead to a conflict of interest or be perceived as such.

    It is very important therefore that all applicants provide appropriate details in their supporting letter of any interests, which might be construed as being in conflict with the appointment.

    If it appears, from the information provided, that a possible conflict might exist, or arise in the future, this will be fully explored with the applicant with a view to establishing whether it is sufficiently significant to prevent the individual from carrying out the duties of the post. The appointment panel will do this at interview stage.

  • Terms of Appointment and Application Process

    Remuneration Details:

    A fee of £600 per day, up to and not exceeding an annual maximum of £15,000 will be paid for agreed days worked. In addition to the fee, MOD will pay reasonable expenses (for travel, subsistence and other eligible expenses) properly and necessarily incurred. Motor mileage will be paid at 30p per mile.


    Length of Appointment:

    3 years, with the potential to extend for a further 3 year period if both parties agree and subject to a satisfactory performance appraisal.



    Army Headquarters, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8HJ and other military establishments within the UK.


    Working Arrangement:

    Part-time. The core commitment is typically to prepare for and attend 7 meetings per annum; however, there may be a need to attend other meetings as agreed from time to time but no more than 25 days per annum.


    Security Clearance:

    The successful candidate will be required to complete a Ministry of Defence mandated Security Check.


    Please submit the following:

    • A CV with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.
    • An accompanying supporting letter (maximum 2 sides of A4, font size 12) – setting out how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria, and complementary experience set out above. You should provide specific examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result. Please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
    • Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable via the WIG website).

    Documentation can either be submitted via the WIG website or by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent via [email protected]

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent via [email protected] or on 0207 222 1166.

    The deadline for applications is Midday, Monday 16 September 2019.    

    After the closing date, the appointment panel shall compile a shortlist, assessing candidates’ suitability for the role based on evidence provided in the CV and supporting letter against the essential and desirable criteria.

    The appointment panel will consist of: Chief of the General Staff, MoD Chief Operating Officer and Army ECAB Non-Executive Member.

    Interviews are scheduled for week commencing Monday 14 October 2019 in Andover/London. The interview should last in the region of 45 minutes. Candidates will be able to claim reasonable expenses incurred travelling to and from the interview.

    References will be taken up if candidates are selected for interview. You should ensure that they have given their permission for their names to be used. 


    Disability Confident and Guaranteed Interview Scheme:

    The Ministry of Defence is a member of the “Disability Confident Scheme” showing it is an employer which has a positive attitude towards applications from disabled people. The organisation also offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled applicants. They are committed to interviewing applicants with a disability who provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements necessary for the post, as set out above.   

    To be eligible, your disability must be within the definition laid down in the Equality Act 2010. A disabled person is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities. For the purposes of this policy, these words have the following meanings:

    • ‘substantial’ means more than minor or trivial
    • ‘long-term’ means that the effect of the impairment has lasted, or is likely to last, 12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
    • ‘normal day-to-day activities’ include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping.

    Should you consider yourself eligible to apply for this post under the GIS, please indicate this in your Covering Letter.


    Equal Opportunities:

    The appointment will be governed by the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment and transparency of process. Candidates may come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience although the successful candidate will need to demonstrate that they meet the criteria for this appointment. The panel are keen to see people with diverse experience and backgrounds holding public appointments and hope to receive applications from all sections of the community. Applications from women, ethnic minorities and disabled people will be welcomed.

    Army Board - Non-Executive Member of the Executive Committee.pdf


    WIG Equalities Monitoring Form.docx