Jun 032021
Port of London Authority – Chair

Chair - Port of London Authority

Recruiter: Port of London Authority
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 12 May 2021
Closes: 08 Jun 2021
Ref: 81569
Job Function: Chair, Non-Executive Chair
Industry: Transport / Logistics
Position Type: Permanent

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is the Custodian of 95 Miles of the tidal Thames, home to the UK’s biggest port and busiest inland waterway. The Port of London Authority’s 400 strong workforce delivers a range of essential services for port and river users to facilitate freight movement, passenger services and recreational use of the river. Its key workers have kept the Port of London fully operational throughout the pandemic ensuring a continuing supply of food, fuel and other essentials into London and the wider UK. Over 45,000 jobs depend on the port, which generates more than £4.5 billion per annum in economic value added. In addition, there are over 100,000 jobs related to the river as an amenity generating a further value added of over £2 billion per annum.

The PLA has responsibility for safety of navigation, for promoting use of the river and for supporting its unique marine environment. In 2016, the PLA published the Thames Vision which sets out how river use in all its forms can continue to grow over the next 20 years and is working with a huge range of stakeholder organisations to see the Vision turned into reality.

The PLA is headquartered in Gravesend, Kent and has an office in the City of London as well as operational centres in several other locations along the river.

The PLA board currently consists of a strong and experienced group of eight non-executive members, one of whom is appointed as the board Chair, and three Executive Members (Chief Executive, Chief Harbour Master and Chief Financial Officer). Of the current eight Non-Executive Board Members, four are Department for Transport (DfT) Ministerial appointees; four are PLA appointees.

After six years in the role, the PLA’s current Chair, Christopher Rodrigues, will stand down from the board in December 2021, in line with the terms of appointment in the PLA Act. The PLA is seeking an independent Chair with strong business and leadership skills capable of building and leading an effective and cohesive board that supports and challenges the executive team, provides leadership and direction in relation to the safety of operations, oversees the development and execution of the organisation’s strategy and is visibly accountable to stakeholders for the Authority’s statutory role as a trust port.

This is an opportunity to lead the board of a unique organisation that is custodian of the tidal Thames.

The PLA seeks a Chair who will bring demonstratable leadership, rigour and independence to the role. They will have business experience and board leadership skills, and the ability to develop trusted relationships. They will be a good communicator and be approachable, accessible and flexible, capable of interacting at all levels. They should also have a natural interest and affinity with the river.

The organisation seeks individuals who are commercially and strategically shrewd with a successful career in business. A track record of public service in addition would be very relevant and highly desirable. The successful candidate will have stature, political awareness and gravitas to represent the PLA externally and to lead the board and manage relationships with the executive team, bringing immediate credibility and authority to the role. They will additionally offer a good understanding of boardroom dynamics and be an adept meeting facilitator.

This process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA‘s) Code of Practice. All applicants are expected to have adhered to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Disability Confident

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria.

For the full information pack, including details of how to apply, please visit: www.odgers.com/81569

The closing date for applications is 12noon on Tuesday 8 June 2021.

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