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DCMS funds over 40 independent arms-length bodies (ALBs) across all of its sectors, from gambling to galleries, broadcasting to the performing arts, film to football. Examples include: Arts Council England, Ofcom and Sport England.
ALBs are run by boards that help us make and apply policies in areas where expertise and understanding from particular specialists outside government is needed.
- The Video Standards Council
The Video Standards Council (‘VSC’) would like to invite applications for the position of Chair.
The Video Standards Council is a non profit making organisation set up to promote and encourage the highest standards within the video and video games industries as a whole. It is also the designated body responsible for the age rating of video games supplied in the UK. In this position it has the right to decline to give the legal authority for the supply any such video game in the UK. Ultimate responsibility rests with those officers designated by the Secretary of State under Section 4(1) and 4ZA of Video Recordings Act 1984 and has historically included the Chair.
The total time commitment varies but is unlikely to exceed an average of one and a half days per month.
Meetings of the Board take place in Central London. Other meetings will take place in Central London ,at VSC Offices in Borehamwood and occasionally in Europe.
Remuneration will be by agreement. All reasonable and necessary expenses of attending meetings will be reimbursed in full.
The term of appointment is for a period of 5 years, with the potential for re-appointment.
This appointment will be made by the Board following recommendation by the Appointments and Remuneration Committee.
The Video Standards Council is looking for particular experience and skills to fulfil the position concerned. In particular the candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:
Strong communications skills.
Experience of strategic decision-making and ability to contribute towards the future policy of the organisation.
A proven ability to objectively analyse a given set of facts in order to reach a fair, equitable and legal conclusion.
Substantial experience of chairing meetings.
An understanding of the current regulatory systems governing the age rating and retail of video and video games.
Willingness to accept the role of ‘Designated Person’ in relation to the regulation of video games as defined by the Video Recordings Act 1984.
Experience of the Creative Industries.
Experience of Publicly accountable bodies including voluntary organisations.
- How to apply
Further information, including details on how to apply, can be obtained from:
The Company Secretary The Video Standards Council Kinetic Business Centre Theobald Street, Borehamwood Hertfordshire, WD6 4PJ Tel: 020 8387 4020 Email: email@example.com
All completed application forms must be recieved by 7 March 2014.
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