The main duties of members are:
- participating in Committee meetings, normally four a year: three half-day meetings and one full-day away-day
- contributing to the pursuit of the Committee’s aims as outlined in the terms of reference
- keeping British Council Wales abreast of major developments in the public, educational, economic and cultural life of Wales
- serving as a channel of professional advice within his/her own area of expertise, and identifying new opportunities
- providing access to communities within Wales for whom the British Council’s work has relevance
- acting as advocates for the Council’s work in Wales and in the UK as a whole
- contributing to the thinking of the Country Plan and monitoring the achievement of plan objectives.
Typical items of business at the regular meetings could include:
- briefings on British Council strategy and policy and discussion on implications in Wales
- updates on British Council global and Welsh projects, focusing at each meeting on a different theme/sector of work, and discussion of relevance to Wales
- considering research into British Council engagement in Wales/across the UK
- advice on strategic relationship management of key partners in Wales.
Other activities that members may be asked to engage in will include:
- providing advice between meetings to managers on strategy or project development
- participating in meetings with relevant strategic partners
- attending flagship conferences, consultation events, media briefings or project launches.
We expect that members will need to make a commitment of around three half days and one full day per year to fulfil the role, plus additional attendance at Council-organised events. There is a minimum requirement for members to attend at least two out of four meetings in a 12-month period. Committee members are appointed for a three year term, renewable for a further three years. Positions on the Wales Advisory Committee are not remunerated but expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates.