Applications are invited from suitable individuals for the position of independent member of the AALA Board.
The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) came into existence in April 1996. It is currently sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. The Health and Safety Executive is currently designated as the AALA.
The AALA’s role is to have oversight and responsibility for the efficient delivery of the licensing regime. It sets the strategic direction for the regime, publishes guidance and monitors the delivery of the licensing service.
The AALA Board is chaired by David Snowball (Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Director of Regulation) and has members drawn from HSE Field Operations Division, Engagement and Policy Division and from LG Regulation (formerly LACORS) representing local authorities.
There are observers from the Department for Education, Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government.
The Role of the Independent Member
There are two independent members whose role is to:
- bring independent, external challenge to the AALAB;
- bring knowledge about the regulated sector to the AALAB;
- be an independent counsel;
- be impartial and objective in their role;
- be alert to the interests of those regulated;
- contribute to decisions on future strategy;
- contribute to policy development;
- contribute to and support Board decisions;
- participate in the licensing appeals process.
The member should have extensive, current or recent experience of adventure activities at a senior level. You should be familiar with the licensing regime, the Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004. This could be through previous employment in the adventure activities sector, through work with a National Governing Body of Sport in a paid or voluntary capacity or in a role in a professional body. You must be able to travel to Board meetings at least twice a year, these are generally in Birmingham. A key part of the role is to represent the interests of licence holders and demonstrable experience of similar representational work is essential.
Terms of Appointment
The independent member will be appointed for a two year term from October 2017. There is no remuneration paid for this role, though travel and subsistence expenses are paid in line with the HSE expenses code and rules.
Bars to Appointment
You may not be appointed as an independent member of the AALA if:
- You hold an AALA Licence in a personal capacity;
- You are employed directly or indirectly by an AALA Licence holder;
- You have a fiduciary interest in any undertaking that holds an AALA licence;
- You are employed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS).
Applications by means of CV with covering letter should be sent by email to Angela Baxter at Angela.Baxter@hse.gov.uk by 31 August 2017.
Please include the names of two references that are in a position to support your application.
Applications will be considered by a panel including the AALA Board Chair and successful applicants will be invited to interview via Skype.
Further information about the AALA and the licencing regime can be found at – http://www.hse.gov.uk/aala/index.htm