Ministry of Defence – Chairperson, Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee



Body: MoD – DBS VETS

Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Defence, Health

Location: Eastern; Yorkshire and Humberside; East Scotland

Skills Required:  Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Legal / Judicial

Number of Vacancies: 3 (one for each region advertised)

Remuneration: Reasonable travel and subsistence may be claimed

Time Requirements: 2 to 4 meetings per year plus some casework

Closing Date: 02/11/2018

Interviews: Late November or Early December for all appointments with venues to be confirmed

Vacancy Description

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans is seeking to appoint new VAPC Chairpersons in the following regions:

East Scotland region covering City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, The Borders, Clackmannan, City of Dundee, City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Moray, Orkney Islands, Perthshire and Kinross, Shetland Islands and Stirling.

Yorkshire and Humber region covering East Riding of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire and the metropolitan counties of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Eastern region covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk .

If you think you are the person we need to carry out one of these important roles, then please apply as below:


The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 geographical regions. Each Committee’s main function is to:

  • act as advocates for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant ( and associated measures at a local level
  • raise awareness, within their region, of the Armed Forces Covenant and associated measures, the War Pension Scheme, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, the Veterans Welfare Service and the availability of x-Government support to the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans.
  • assist serving personnel, veterans and their families in accessing local support services, provide assistance and guidance on the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and to provide an independent element to the Veterans UK complaints process relating to those schemes.
  • act as a conduit for local consultation by Ministers, the Ministry of Defence and Veterans UK on issues affecting recipients of pension from the War Pensions Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation scheme.

Responsibilities and Skills

  • Suitable candidates may come from a wide range of backgrounds and, whilst knowledge of service life would be useful, it is not necessaryWhat is most important is that applicants should have a real commitment to supporting Veterans and their Families. We are currently advertising for new Members for the VAPC for some of the regional Committees so one of the first duties for the newly appointed Chairpersons will be to interview candidates for their Committees.
  • The VAPC Chairperson and members play a central role in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families. .The committees meet between 2 and 4 times per year however, Chairmen and Members are expected to be involved in a wide-ranging agenda of issues relating to the functions of the committee set out above. The veterans’ arena is a huge space and there is always more that can be done; the VAPC role can therefore take as much of your time as you are willing and able to give.
  • The role and the input of the VAPCs was cited in Lord Ashcroft’s Transition Review recommendations, with actions allocated to them as a body, going forward.

For more on this role including how to apply, click here

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