DRAFT - Army Board – Non-Executive Member of the Executive Committee

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 principle 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.

  • Non-Executive Members of the ECAB are expected to advise on:

    • 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.
  • 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:
    • The 7 principles of public life (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2);
    • Code of Conduct for Board members of public bodies (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-conduct-for-board-members-of-public-bodies).

    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.