Non-Executive Director - Smart Energy GB

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Smart Energy GB is entering an important phase of its life to support the roll out of smart meters to all homes and small businesses in the country. 

It is working to completing this goal by 2025. The Board oversees the development and implementation of the company’s strategy to meet this objective.

Smart Energy GB’s operations are focused on encouraging domestic consumers and micro businesses to get a smart meter. It also has a responsibility to increase the willingness of consumers to change their behaviour to enable them to more effectively and efficiently manage their consumption of energy. There is also a requirement that we communicate with customers in vulnerable circumstances to ensure they are aware of and understand the benefits of smart meters while assisting them to realise the benefits of smart meters.

All non-executive directors serve as full directors of the company in an individual capacity. Consequently, they have a legal responsibility to exercise independent judgement and in all their actions as a non-executive director act in the best interests of Smart Energy GB and support the company in meeting its objectives.

Directors need to familiarise themselves with the full description of Smart Energy GB’s objectives, and the other requirements regarding the governance of the organisation which are set out in the supplier licences and in the company’s articles of association.

The role of the board is to oversee the direction and outputs of the organisation. It meets 6 times a year to oversee the development of the strategy and the in-year performance against it. It works closely with the executive team who manage the company’s day to day operations.

 

Key tasks / responsibilities

  • To prepare for Board meetings by reading papers provided in advance, and participate in discussions and decision making
  • To participate in the Board’s scrutiny of, and support for, the development of the annual business plan and budget
  • Ensure that the company is using its reasonable endeavours to deliver on the results targeted in the Performance Management Framework (the document that details the metrics and targets that the organisation must meet) and doing so in way that is most consistent with the objectives of the company as set out in the supplier licences and the company’s articles of association
  • To be able to explain and support the Board’s collective decisions when discussing the activities of Smart Energy GB with stakeholders
  • To attend the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) and, under instruction from the Chair of the Board, support the Chair of the Board and the Chair of Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) in their presentations to members
  • To be responsible as a director to ensure that the Board meets all legal requirements of a limited company and is in full compliance with the company’s governing documents
  • As a director to ensure the company has robust and reliable risk management and financial control processes in operation and is able to produce reliable audited annual accounts in a timely manner.
  • To participate in any Board sub-committees (e.g. remuneration committee, ARC committee), at the request of the Chair and/or the Board
  • To be available to provide ad hoc advice to the management team, on request, between Board meetings
  • To ensure at all times any conflict of interest is avoided and to act and advice in the best interests of the company


If invited to be a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, you will be expected to:

  • To familiarise yourself with the Audit and Risk Committee’s terms of reference which contains details on the proceedings of the committee
  • Attend circa 4 meetings a year (held at Smart Energy GB’s offices in central London
  • Read papers in advance of each meeting and contribute to the proceedings of the meeting

In addition to the above, a non-executive director representing the interest of energy suppliers, is required to Chair the two advisory sub-committees to the Board, which shall be tasked with developing the Performance Management Framework (one for domestic, one for non-domestic) as well as other duties as the Board sees fit. The chair of these subcommittees will receive additional remuneration for this responsibility.

 

Skills, experience and competencies

  • A demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to, the delivery of smart meters and their benefits to British consumer
  • An appreciation of Smart Energy GB’s role and responsibilities and its liaison with stakeholders across the smart meter implementation programme.
  • The ability to contribute to the Board’s oversight of for Smart Energy GB’s consumer engagement activities; probing and constructively challenging the executive management team on their reports to the board and in the performance of their responsibilities; and offering positive support where appropriate. 
  • The ability to contribute constructively to the Board’s scrutiny and agreement of Smart Energy GB’s annual plans, and delivery against those plans
  • It is expected that the ability to provide effective oversight of Smart Energy GB’s activities will include experience in some of the following areas of expertise: marketing and communication, smart metering (domestic and/or non-domestic), behaviour change, engagement with consumers in vulnerable circumstances and other areas relevant to overseeing the work of the company.
  • The ability to interrogate annual budgets and the ongoing financial management thereof to ensure good value for money is achieved across the organisation.
  • An active interest in, and knowledge of, good practice governance arrangements and the role of a non-executive Board
  • [Consumer representative positions] Ability to appreciate and represent the interest of energy consumers (domestic consumers or micro businesses.)
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal/writing)
  • A demonstrable commitment to supporting the delivery of our work to the full diversity of communities and people around Great Britain, including those in vulnerable circumstances
  • Appreciation of the objectives and activities of Smart Energy GB

 

Diversity

We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches who we are, and it is important to us that our staff team and our Board reflects every aspect of our diverse nation whether it be socioeconomic background, age or anything in between. Currently those from a Black, Asian, and minority ethnic background are under-represented on our Board. We therefore encourage and welcome applications from these candidates.

Smart Energy GB is a Disability Confident employer (Leader status) and applications from disabled candidates are also encouraged. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the job as set out in the job description and person specification will be guaranteed an interview if requesting to be considered under this scheme.

If there’s anything else we can do to make our interview process or working environment more inclusive and to meet your particular needs please let us know, by contacting: iwanttojoin@smartenergygb.org or calling 0203 019 1038

Our offices have full wheelchair access and our onsite facilities in our London office are gender neutral.


To apply for the role

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want join our Board and how you meet the requirements of the role by clicking 'Apply for this job'.

Please include the full job title in the subject header of your email application.

 

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2021

 

 

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