Public Representatives

DVP Vacancies - Public Representatives


DVP Public Representative Recruitment – 2019


New Year, New Challenge?


Are you looking for a new volunteering challenge this year? Would you like to help the Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) identify local issues, develop projects to help tackle these and have a say in where our funding is spent? If the answer is yes, then 2019 is the year that you can get involved!


The DVP has two vacancies within its public representative category, this is an exciting opportunity for anyone living, working, studying or volunteering within the area, with a keen interest in their community, to join a dynamic and proactive Board who have successfully delivered over 400 projects throughout Derwent Valley in the past 10 years. The Board has also led on delivering successful and popular events such as Christmas in Consett and Party in the Park.


In terms of time commitments, there is a requirement for all public representatives to attend six Board meetings per year in total, and preferably to have input to at least one of our three Task Groups who take a lead in addressing the DVP’s priorities (voted for by local residents), which are health and wellbeing, environment and employment, enterprise and training. Public representatives can claim out of pocket expenses for travel costs to meetings.


The role is about sharing valuable local knowledge and being passionate about the community – helping us to make a difference in Derwent Valley.


If you would like more information about our public representative vacancies, please contact a member of the DVP Team on 03000 260 725 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application pack.


Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 12th April 2019.


The Role

Current vacancies:

The Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) currently has two public representative vacancies.  This is an exciting opportunity for local people with a keen interest in their community to join a proactive Board who have successfully delivered over 400 projects, including popular events such as Christmas in Consett and Party in the Park.

Please see the information below about the role of a public representative and if you are interested in joining the DVP Board please contact the DVP on 03000 260725 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application pack.

Closing date for applications is Friday 12 April 2019.



The Derwent Valley Partnership Board is made up of 21 members which includes 7 public representatives, 7 elected representatives and 7 partner representatives. The Board is responsible for making decisions relating to the Partnership and is responsible for allocating the Area Action Partnership Budget. The Board meet a minimum of six times per year and aim to act on the ideas, issues and priorities voted for by local residents.


1.   The Role of a Public Representative

Public representatives should:

  • be committed to improving their local area
  • be willing to give some time to AAP issues
  • have knowledge of local community issues
  • be committed to the values of equality and diversity
  • be able to communicate effectively

2.   The Requirements of the Role

To carry out their role, public representatives need to:
  • Public representatives are valuable to the AAP, bringing their individual experience and knowledge of local communities, the issues that matter to their community, and their skills in community involvement and participation.
  • Public representatives need to be able to commit some time to the AAP including regular attendance at Board meetings. There are a minimum of 6 Board meetings a year, up to potentially 10 meetings per year in some AAPs. We appreciate that you may not be able to make every Board meeting but if you were to miss three in a row, the Board may proceed upon the basis that you wish to resign. If this situation occurs, the Coordinator will contact you to discuss the way forward. The Board is able to give dispensation depending on circumstances (e.g. for reasons of ill health or maternity).
  • Whilst not compulsory, you are encouraged to show an interest in any relevant subgroup/Task Groups set up by the Board to help develop solutions to address priorities. These are time limited groups and the meetings usually last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • You may be expected to represent your AAP and attend other events as a Board member.
  • Carry out your responsibilities in a fair and balanced way in accordance with the Terms of Reference and the Code of Conduct.
  • Public representatives can serve on the AAP Board for a term of up to four years before having to stand down. Public representatives are able to stand for a second term, however in order to involve as many people as possible and keep the AAPs fresh, new applicants will be given priority in the recruitment process.

3.   Support for Public Representatives:

The post of public representative is voluntary but support from your AAP will be offered including:

  • Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses incurred in attending AAP activities in your role as a public representative.
  • Providing training opportunities relevant to the role as required.
  • Information and guidance as requested.
  • Assisting public representatives to work with each other.