Jul 062020

Independent Monitoring Authority - Chair

Reference: 2777
Remuneration: £500 per day
Location: Swansea
Closing date: 24 July 2020 at midday

The role of the Chair

This is an interesting role for a candidate with the right skills to lead this new independent body. Your initial task in leading the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA), working closely with the Interim Chief Executive, who has been in post since March, will be to ensure that it is fully ready to ‘go live' on 1 January 2021. You will then need to develop the IMA and deliver against its first strategic business plan. From appointment onwards, you will represent the IMA to its stakeholders in Government, the UK Parliament and the Devolved Administrations.

Together with at least two other non-executive Members, you will be responsible for appointing the first Chief Executive of the IMA (to succeed the Interim Chief Executive) and between one and three other executive Members.

The position will suit a candidate interested in delivering a new function, and someone seeking an opportunity which offers both intellectual challenge and stakeholder engagement.

The founding legislation for the IMA requires the Justice Secretary, in appointing the non-executive members, including the chair, to

  • Have regard to the desirability of the IMA's members, between them, having knowledge of conditions in the United Kingdom relating to the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens living here; and
  • Ensure that, so far as possible, the non-executive members include particular ones who know about the specific conditions in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

Consequently, within the membership generally (including the chair) we need to appoint members who possess this specialist knowledge, in respect of each of the Devolved Administrations, and Gibraltar. In making an application, please indicate whether you want to be considered for one of these particular roles on the basis that you have specific knowledge of citizens' rights conditions in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or Gibraltar.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to lead an executive board and support the leadership of an organisation by providing strategic guidance and effective challenge.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to command respect, and work with and through others to achieve objectives.
  • A good board-level track record at a senior level including partnership working and the management of organisations through periods of change.
  • An ability to understand and oversee compliance with expenditure controls.
  • Ability to scrutinise, interpret and challenge complex information, reach practical decisions which stand up to scrutiny and to think strategically.
  • Good communication skills including the ability to effectively represent the organisation.
  • Integrity, strong intellect, sound judgement and the capacity to bring an external view to the strategic direction and decision-making of the IMA.
  • An understanding of the way the UK's governments and parliaments work.
  • An understanding of the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens living in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar under the Withdrawal Agreement and EEA EFTA Separation Agreement.
  • (If applying on this basis) An understanding of conditions in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or Gibraltar, relating to citizens' rights under the UK EU Withdrawal Agreement and the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement.


  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.
  • If employed in the UK civil service, you should be prepared to resign if appointed.
  • You should not be a Member of the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, Senedd Cymru, or the Northern Ireland Assembly.
  • (If appointed:) You must be able take up the appointment within 2 weeks of being notified, though your start date may be subject to successful completion of security checks.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

Pre-Appointment Scrutiny information:

  • The preferred candidate for the post of Chair of the IMA will be subject to scrutiny by the Justice Select Committee prior to appointment.

Additional Information

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for journeys from home to the main office, if you live outside of Swansea. Travel and subsistence allowances may be payable on the same basis as that applicable to civil servants where the post holder is required to travel to other locations or stay overnight in the course of their duties.

How to Apply

Send the following documents:

  • A copy of your CV, in no more than two sides of A4
  • A supporting statement that evidences how you meet all the criteria, in no more than two sides of A4
  • Declaration of interests form;
  • Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • public appointments held (paragraph 16, diversity monitoring form);
  • political activity declaration (section 17, diversity monitoring form);
  • Please complete the diversity monitoring form in the link here: DIVERSITY FORM

Complete applications should be sent to: publicappointmentsteam@justice.gov.uk quoting reference PAT150097 in the subject line of your email,receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Please note that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current restrictions on gatherings, travel, and the recommended social distancing advice will influence the recruitment process and timetable. Ministers are still making public appointments; however, the COVID-19 pandemic will also impact on their time. Therefore, flexibility regarding the process and timetable will be required. Candidates will be updated whenever and wherever there are changes to the process and/or timetable.

Further information can be found here: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/non-executive-chair-of-the-independent-monitoring-authority-pat150097/

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