Apr 162020

Chair - Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Body: Health and Safety Executive
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: Nationwide
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £84,000 Per Annum
Time Requirements: 3 days per week
Closing Date: 10/05/2020

Vacancy Description

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a Crown Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is responsible for the prevention of workplace illness, injury and death across the UK.

DWP is seeking a Chair with a range of established skills and competences to help set HSE’s strategic direction to 2025 and beyond, drive regulatory excellence and oversee the organisation’s governance arrangements.

We are therefore looking for candidates who can bring experience from other national and/or international organisations with challenges on a similarly large scale to those facing HSE.

The HSE Board is responsible for:

  • Setting and delivering HSE’s strategic aims and objectives within the agreed policy and resources framework agreed with Ministers.
  • Overseeing the budget and ensuring HSE complies with the rules for the use of public money.
  • Ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on governance, risk management and internal control.
  • Appointing the Chief Executive Officer, setting their performance objectives and remuneration (with Ministerial consent).

The Board currently consists of the Chair and ten Non-Executive Directors (NED). The Board has three sub-Committees chaired by Non-Executives: Audit and Risk Assurance; People and Remuneration; and Science, Evidence and Engineering Assurance

The Chair is expected to attend and preside over eight Board meetings a year, which take place at HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside or in the regions or devolved administrations and involve an overnight stay. One meeting per year takes the form of a two day strategic planning event. Other duties involve representing HSE with various stakeholders and meeting HSE staff located around GB, which can involve extensive travel.


  • 28/29 January (Bootle)
  • 17/18 March (Sheffield)
  • 28/29 April (Bootle)
  • 9/10 June (Wales)
  • 8/9 September (London)
  • 6/7 October – Strategic Planning (tbc)
  • 3/4 November (Bootle)
  •  9/10 December (Edinburgh)

2021 dates should be available by May 2020

The Chair is at the helm of an organisation that is expanding in both scope and scale over the next few years. We are now seeking a candidate with excellent leadership skills to fill this challenging role. The successful candidate will be collaborative, persuasive and have the ability to engage productively and effectively with a very broad range of key stakeholders as HSE continues to develop and influence the health and safety agenda.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing strong and effective leadership to the Board, keeping it focused on HSE’s mission, vision and strategic direction within a policy and resources framework agreed with the Ministers;
  • Supporting and motivating the Executive team, acting as a confidant, mentor and wise counsel whilst also holding them to account for agreed delivery objectives and sound financial management;
  • Ensuring HSE has a constructive working relationship with Ministers and officials in the sponsoring body, the Department for Work and Pensions, with other Ministers and key stakeholders including Whitehall, industry, business and employee organisations;
  • Ensuring collective behaviours and high standards of regularity and propriety are delivered, in line with relevant guidance, including ensuring formal and rigorous annual evaluation of the Board’s performance, and that of its committees, with independent input at least every three years; and
  • Demonstrating commitment to the Seven Principles of Public life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Ability to Chair a multi-faceted organisation and demonstrate its independence and impartiality;
  • Ability to support and challenge the organisation during a period of significant growth;
  • Collaborative and effective leadership skills with the ability to quickly understand the strategic issues facing HSE together with a sound understanding of the policy, political and environment context within which the organisation operates;
  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills with the ability to manage relationships with political stakeholders and Secretaries of State alongside industry and business leaders;
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of complex organisations and industry; and
  • Ability to fulfil the role with professional integrity, exemplifying the highest standards of behaviour in public life.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of a relevant regulatory and/or safety environment

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

Please ensure your full name is clearly stated at the top of your CV and supporting statement.

  1. A CV (maximum 2-3 pages) with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.
  2. An accompanying Supporting Statement (maximum 2 pages) – this is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in this information pack. The initial sift is based on this information so it is important to fully address the criteria. You should aim to provide specific examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result.
  3. Personal Information Form. Most of the information requested is not seen by the panel assessing your application (though the panel may consider your declaration of interests).
  4. Diversity Monitoring Form. Collecting and analysing candidate data will help us improve our diversity strategy. It will allow us to run more successful recruitment exercises in the future and ensure that competitions are fair for all. This form is not part of the selection process and will be treated in strictest confidence. It will be kept separate from your application and not be seen by the selection panel.

Disability Confident Scheme

The Disability Confident scheme has replaced the Guaranteed Interview scheme. The Department for Work & Pensions, and its arms-length bodies, are accredited users of the Disability Confident symbol, which signifies organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled applicants.

All Disability Confident Employers will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability.

Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview. You can also contact us if you want to discuss the criteria for the role or have questions regarding your application.

Please note that the Department for Work and Pensions is required to carry out due diligence checks on all candidates shortlisted for interview. This will include:

  • Google search – publically available information
  • Social Media search – Twitter, Facebook
  • Individual insolvency search
  • Removed trustee register search
  • Financial Services Prohibited Individuals Register
  • Disqualified Director Register
  • Personal Information Form declarations
  • References

Please email your application to: alb.publicappointments@dwp.gov.uk.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Carmela Keogh, ALB Public Appointments Team, Department for Work and Pensions | Private Pensions and Stewardship | 1st Floor, Caxton House | Tothill Street | SW1H 9NA.


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