Becoming a CSP committee member can be a rewarding experience. Applications for the equity, diversity and belonging committee are now open until 6 January 2022 at midday.
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Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a CSP committee member on our new equity, diversity and belonging committee.
The committee will provide expertise, insight, support and advice to Council on matters relating to equity, diversity and belonging. You will have the opportunity to help shape the agenda and to inject energy and enthusiasm into leading the profession and governing the CSP. Being a CSP committee member means you will have the opportunity to:
- monitor progress from a member perspective in the achievement of the equity, diversity and belonging strategy – including consideration against the indicators of success and action plans
- make recommendations as to how the equity, diversity and belonging strategy/elements of the CSP corporate strategy should evolve over time
- give in-depth consideration to policy decisions regarding equity, diversity and belonging issues to inform Council’s overall decision making
- act as a spokesperson on equity, diversity or belonging matters i.e. being quoted in a CSP press statement, Frontline article and so on
- inform operational work i.e. member monitoring data categories; equality impact assessments; training and development for groups of members (e.g. stewards or Council and committee members) and providing input and guidance on language and terminology
The full role of the Committee is included in its terms of reference.
We are committed to supporting personal and professional development in the role and you will receive an induction and development package to add to your CPD, which covers a variety of skills and learning areas including leadership and governance. Being a committee member is challenging, varied and you will be able to learn from the experience of other members as well as sharing your own.
This opportunity is available to all fully paid-up CSP members, including associates and students, as long as they are not serving a disqualification period from a conviction relating to the conduct of union financial and accounting affairs. We are also looking for at least two non-CSP members with recent and relevant experience and competence in equality/equity, diversity and inclusion/belonging.
Committee members bring invaluable experience and perspectives from all walks of life and sections of the membership. As members driving the CSP’s equity, diversity and belonging strategy and providing expertise and insight to Council, the committee needs energetic and passionate engaged members – particularly those who have the attributes listed in the person specification. Those applying should have knowledge specific to the role of the committee, or a keen interest to learn, and be keen to gain committee experience if they do not have this already.
We believe that for any organisation to be successful, it needs to work with the most talented and diverse people available as different experiences, knowledge and perspectives are important. This belief is shown in our equity, diversity and belonging strategic aim to:
...establish a CSP leadership that is reflective of the diversity of society and actively engages with and is accountable for equity, diversity and belonging across the organisation.
We positively encourage applications from members across all of the profession, from all backgrounds and with a broad range of experience. We strive for our committee members to be as diverse as society and welcome applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race/ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. Your application will be dealt with fairly and all decisions we make about it will be based on merit and your ability to meet the competences required for the role.
Applicants must commit to observe the Council’s Code of Conduct and the CSP Conflict of Interest Policy – available from the Policies section of the Council webpage.
You can apply for a role on our equity, diversity and belonging committee by completing one of our application forms below and submitting it by midday on Thursday 6 January 2022. Please note that there are two application routes, one for external applicants (non CSP members) and the other for CSP members. Please ensure you select the correct the application link below when applying.
You will be asked to include some personal information, upload your CV, prepare a brief statement (maximum 500 words) outlining why you are interested in becoming a member of the committee and evidence to demonstrate how you meet the person specification criteria.
You do not need to complete the application form in one go. The application form provides details on how you can save your progress as you go. If you are unable to apply online and require an application in a different format, please email email@example.com
Appointment process timetable
|Member applications||The process opens on Thursday 11 November 2021 and the deadline for submissions is noon on Thursday 6 January 2022. We will acknowledge receipt of applications within two working days – if you do not hear from us please check your application has been submitted.|
|Shortlisting||Applications will be shortlisted by the appointment panel based on how well applicants demonstrate meeting the criteria outlined in the person specification. Shortlisting will be completed by 28 January – following which you will be advised if you will be invited to interview.|
The appointment panels will conduct 30-minute interviews by video conference on 9, 10 and 11 February 2022 . You will be contacted by 28 January at the latest to arrange an interview, so it would be helpful if you could check your availability on those days.
|Appointments||You will be advised of the outcome of your application in the week beginning 14 February.|
|Induction||We are developing an induction programme to support new committee members in their role.|
Council has delegated appointment decisions to an appointment panel consisting of:
- Alex MacKenzie (Chair)
- Catherine Pope (Vice-President)
- Ishmael Beckford (Council member)
You will be asked to declare in the application form if you have any prior knowledge of, or connection to, any of the panel. The panel will take this into consideration to ensure fairness.
Equity, Diversity and Belonging committee vacancies
Please look at our Committees page for more information on the equity, diversity and belonging committee and the other CSP committees, including meeting dates, specific remits, responsibilities and composition which are set out in their Terms of Reference.
- Membership – the Committee will have 12 members in total. At least two members will be from outside the CSP membership and shall have recent and relevant experience and competence in equality/equity, diversity and inclusion/belonging. The remaining members will be CSP members. The committee as a whole shall have competence relevant to the sector in which the CSP operates.
- Committee member person specification – please look at the person specification for the committee. Applicants are required to provide a personal statement in the application form to show how their experience matches the competences required to be effective in the role. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will need to demonstrate they have these competences at interview.
- Time commitment – four meetings a year (of approximately four hours each) and half-day induction/development. Most meetings are held via video conference*. However, at least one a year will be held physically in central London. In 2022, we plan to hold meetings on: Wednesday 2 March, Tuesday 31 May, Wednesday 7 September and Wednesday 9 November.
- Term of appointment – members will be appointed for an initial term, the duration of which will be staggered when appointments to the committee are confirmed (for either 3.5 or 5.5 years). At the end of the first term of appointment, committee members are able to ask to be considered for reappointment for a second term**. No committee member is able to serve more than eight years.
* Most meetings are held via video conference and some will be held physically in central London.
** At the end of the term of appointment, committee members can ask to be considered for reappointment for a second term of four/two years. No committee member is able to serve more than eight years.
The CSP is committed to making the role of committee members open to as many people as possible. These are voluntary roles but we don’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone thinking of applying.
All out-of-pocket expenses involved in serving as a committee member are reimbursed, including travel and subsistence costs, childcare costs, overnight accommodation if required, plus consideration is given to reimbursement for loss of earnings.
Committee members must be prepared to declare and manage any interests held which may be in conflict with the role. Applicants are required to declare on the application form any business or personal interests that might be relevant to our work, as well as any close personal relationships with a CSP employee or Council/committee member.
Any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest will be fully explored by the panel. Applicants will be given an opportunity to propose how they would manage or eliminate the conflict.
We will collect and process data on applicants for the purpose of administering the appointment process. You will be advised of this and asked to confirm you agree to this in your application. All the information we collect will be retained in accordance with CSP’s record retention and disposal policy.
In order to monitor the diversity of applicants we attract, those we appoint and to adapt and improve our processes to ensure fairness, we collate diversity monitoring data from applicants' member profiles. This information is kept strictly confidential and is never shared with the appointments panel. No information will be shared in any way which allows any individuals to be identified. We encourage all member applicants to check their member profile to ensure it is up to date.
The CSP is committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. We welcome feedback so that we can improve our processes – please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.