We’re looking for people to fill vacancies for co-opted members on two of our three advisory panels.  It’s a great opportunity to get involved with your local council and help influence some of our work and decisions. 

We currently have two vacancies – one on our Communities and Funding Advisory Panel and one on our Rural Matters Advisory Panel. The panels have a key role in advising the council’s main decision-making Executive Board on various policies.

These volunteer roles have proved successful at offering people the opportunity to directly influence our work - from assessing community funding applications and shaping how we engage with communities, to investigating rural transport issues and looking at how we can support vibrant village as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

What do the advisory panels do?

The advisory panels provide advice to the council’s decision-making Executive Board and help guide policy development. Each Panel meets around six times a year. A summary of their main areas of responsibility and their usual meetings times is provided below:

  • Communities and Funding Advisory Panel: provides advice and policy development support on community leadership and engagement, community funding issues and the community rights contained within the Localism Act 2011. Usually meets on a Monday at 2.30pm.
  • Rural Matters Advisory Panel: provides advice and policy development support on rural matters relevant to the district, including rural housing, community transport, rural crime, vibrant villages and development of the rural economy. Usually meets on a Wednesday at 4pm.

Find out more by reading the document terms of reference for all three panels (341 KB) .

What is the role of a co-opted member?

Each panel meets about six times a year and members contribute to the panel’s work in between meetings. You will work alongside district councillors and officers, offering constructive challenge, support and fresh ideas. Although the role is voluntary, travel expenses (if relevant) and training will be provided. 

Who can apply to be a co-opted member?

To apply you need to be 18 or over, be able to attend at least four meetings a year and be able to contribute to the work of the panel between meetings. Successful candidates will be appointed from September 2021 until 31 May 2023.

Wychavon district councillors and staff cannot apply. If you are a parish or town councillor or employee, you will need to be able to offer an additional experience beyond your local council role.

What knowledge, experience and skills do I need?

To be considered for one of the panels you will need specific knowledge and experience relevant to the panel/s you are interested in as detailed below.  In addition, you will need the ability to think strategically and be able to commit time to participate in panel meetings and activities. A knowledge of, or connection with, the Wychavon district would also be helpful.

Communities and Funding Advisory Panel

  • knowledge and experience of one or more of the following: community leadership and engagement, community funding or community rights
  • ability to assess community funding applications
  • knowledge of and interest in the whole of the Wychavon district

Rural Matters Advisory Panel

  • knowledge and experience of one or more rural matters relevant to the district, such as rural housing, community transport, connectivity or development of the rural economy
  • some experience of challenges in rural communities generally and in Wychavon specifically, such as broadband, housing and transport knowledge of and interest in the rural areas across the Wychavon district

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a co-optee on one of our advisory panels please complete our application form. The boxes will expand when you type into them. Save and email your completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11pm on 30 August 2021. 

document Download the Advisory Panel Co-optee application form. (121 KB)

For more information contact:

Tracy Perkins or Cherrie Mansfield
Call: 01386 565517 or 01386 565508
Email:
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