Armed Forces Commissioner for Norfolk

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Do you want to make a real difference to Norfolk’s armed forces community – in recognition of their dedication and sacrifice? Do you have vision, tenacity and leadership skills to encourage everyone to play their part in making Norfolk the most forces-friendly county in the UK?

The Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant board is seeking a new Armed Forces Commissioner for Norfolk – to serve for three years.

This non-political, volunteer role offers a unique opportunity to champion the needs of Norfolk’s armed forces community across the public, private and voluntary sectors – and the reward of influencing local and national change.

As the Armed Forces Commissioner, you will lead and chair Norfolk’s independent Armed Forces Covenant Board, which oversees delivery of the Covenant.  Norfolk’s Covenant was established by local authority leaders in response to the Armed Forces Act 2011, to ensure that members of Norfolk’s armed forces community have the same access to services as any other citizen and receive the support they need.

Hosted by Norfolk County Council, you will:

  • Contribute your leadership vision into strategic action planning and persuading key partners to work together
  • Chair a minimum of two independent Armed Forces Board meetings each year
  • Engage public, private and voluntary sector services
  • Attend a variety of community and civic events throughout the year.

Whilst it’s not a prerequisite for you to have directly served in the UK armed forces, you will engage with a variety of issues affecting the local armed forces community today and in the future. You will work across the whole community including regular, reserve, service families, veterans and their families.

You must not be an employee of Norfolk County Council, an elected member for any local authority or a current serving military officer.

The role requires travel, so you must have access to your own transport and be willing and able to travel to remote locations across Norfolk.

Reasonable expenses incurred during the discharge of your services will be compensated by Norfolk County Council.

For an informal discussion only, please contact Merry Halliday on 01603 228871.

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Closing date for applications: 28 October 2018.

Successful candidates to be informed by 9 November 2018.

Interviews to be held week commencing 12 November 2018 at County Hall.