The Houses of Parliament are seeking two external members for the Board overseeing the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Programme. This post provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to a significant high-profile project to preserve an iconic building for the nation.
The Board is chaired by the Director General of Facilities of the House of Commons, acting as Senior Responsible Owner, and includes senior officials from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The programme is at a very early stage. A Pre-Feasibility Study has been published, (see link below) and the work needed for the production, in due course, of an Outline Business Case is underway. The present focus is the recruitment, through a competitive tendering exercise, of a consultancy team to provide an independent, costed appraisal of the various delivery options under consideration.
Applicants should have a proven track record of participation at Board level in very large, high profile, challenging, successful infrastructure projects or successful major construction or development organisations. At this stage, it is experience in options analysis, planning, cost justification and business case preparation that is required, rather than the oversight of project delivery: that will come later. Previous experience of project delivery is therefore not an explicit requirement for external Board members at this stage.
We are seeking one external member with a construction industry background, to help us to act as an ideal client by understanding the perspective of the supply chain; and another with a not for profit or public sector background, to help us to identify and reflect the wider public interest in the programme.
Board meetings are held once a month, at Parliament, and involve some reading time beforehand.