Independent Appeals Panel for Farmers and Foresters in Wales

By Suffolk Sheep Society 29th January, 2014

Applications for candidates now open.







The Independent Appeals Process for Farmers and Foresters in Wales allows farmers to appeal against decisions taken by officials in the Welsh Government’s Department for Natural Resources and Food and in Natural Resources Wales relating to specific agricultural and forestry related grant and subsidy schemes.  Following the completion of a full term of office for a number of members of the Independent Appeals Panel; around 10 new panel members are to be appointed.


Panel members will be drawn on, as and when necessary, to form an Independent Advisory Panel of 3 members to consider cases and make recommendations to the Minister for Natural Resources and Food.  Hearings will be held across Wales as required and there is a particular need for Panel members from the North Wales area.  However, given the ad hoc nature of the work, it is not possible to guarantee the level or frequency of the hearings.


Panel members are paid a fee of £200 for each day that they sit on a panel – plus travel and subsistence expenses and an additional £75 where three or more appeals are heard in any one day.  Appointment will be for an initial period of 3 years with further re-appointment being possible – up to a maximum term of office of 10 years.


Candidates will need to demonstrate:


·         A wide ranging knowledge and experience of agricultural matters and farming systems;

·         A knowledge of factors affecting the farming industry in recent years;

·         A knowledge of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and domestic support measures;

·         An ability to interpret European Union (EU) and UK rules and regulations; and

·         Sound judgement and impartiality.

As appellants can request that their appeal is heard in their first language it will be important that a proportion of the newly appointed panel members are fluent Welsh speakers.


It is the policy of the Welsh Government to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of its business including appointments to public bodies.  Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all groups and we ensure that no eligible candidate for public office receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, or pregnancy and maternity.  The principles of fair and open competition will apply and appointments will be made on merit.


For further information on the application process and to apply, please visit or for queries contact the HR Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 /


The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 March 2014.  Application forms received after this date will not be considered.  It is expected to hold interviews in North, Mid and South Wales from the week beginning 28 April 2014.


A large print, Braille or audio version of this advert can be obtained by request from 029 2082 5454.


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