Mar 252020

Non-Executive Director - Harwich Haven Authority

Location: Harwich
Date Posted: 16/03/2020
Closing Date: 17/04/2020
£13,500 pa

Vacancy Description

Having celebrated our 156 year anniversary last year, we are looking forward to the challenge of strengthening our role in safeguarding the best natural haven on the east coast of England. We cover an area across the River Stour, the lower part of the River Orwell, Harwich Harbour and an area seaward extending 12 nautical miles from the harbour entrance. We provide services for shipping using the commercial ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Harwich International, Harwich Navyard and Mistley and also pilot boarding and landing services for the rivers Thames, Medway, Blackwater, Colne and Crouch. Our vision is to be an exemplary Trust Port offering world class services, working with all stakeholders for a flourishing Haven.

We are a statutory harbour authority governed by an independent Board charged with acting in the interests of its stakeholders. We receive no public funding and do not issue, nor are we required to pay a dividend or any form of equity. Any surplus from operations is reinvested for the provision or improvement of facilities. We are looking for a new Non-Executive Director to join our Board and add value to our strategic leadership as we continue to enable our organisation to be in the best possible position to face the challenges ahead where we are likely to see fewer but larger, more efficient vessels, increasing levels of automation and an ever more competitive environment.

You will be able to point towards a leadership track record, gained within an organisation of comparable scale and complexity, ideally with a focus on organisation development, engineering, technology, climate change, and/or supply chain, with the ability, or experience of working as a Non Executive Director. We have a strong board with a diverse range of experience from which to enable you to develop in this role. Diversity and effective governance are strong priorities for us as an organisation and we are looking for our Board Members to add value in these areas, in addition to key areas of expertise that you can offer.

These are exciting times of the organisation, and this opportunity provides a great chance to make a positive impact and contribution.

Person Specification

Non-Executive Director Candidates must be able to display key personal qualities:

  • A strategic perspective, with the ability to see the bigger picture and long-term opportunities and impacts
  • Good leadership skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and partners in a diverse range of organisations at multiple levels
  • A collaborative style, with strong interpersonal skills

Candidates will be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills with evidence of their ability to operate effectively and/or step into the role of a Non Executive Director (not necessarily with experience in the ports sector).

Candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • A track record in providing effective leadership and engagement across a group of diverse stakeholders
  • An appreciation and experience of good governance with the ability to take a strategic view and see the big picture
  • Commitment to the Nolan Principles in public life
  • Experience of operating effectively within an organisation of comparable scale and complexity in a leadership role
  • An appreciation and commitment to diversity

Candidates should be able to demonstrate skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organisation development
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Climate change
  • Supply chain

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups.

How to Apply

Please contact Michael Dobson on 020 7426 3968, Julie Myers on 07595 779915 or Olivia Robinson on 0113 205 6298 at our recruitment partners GatenbySanderson for an informal discussion.

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