Board Members of the Marine Management Organisation

Body: Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: The MMO is based at Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH. Board meetings may be held at this office or at other locations in the UK.
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Remuneration for all Board Member posts is set at £11,804 per annum. This is based upon a time commitment of 3 days per month. Where additional time input may be required for those who are appointed to Board Committees, remuneration will be on a pro rata basis for those who serve.
Time Requirements: 3 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 25/06/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/01/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 29th January 2018

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    25/06/2018 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Board of the MMO has collective responsibility for the overall performance and success of the MMO, for ensuring it carries out its statutory duties and delivers its priorities as agreed with the Secretary of State. The Board is also responsible for holding the Chief Executive to account, ensuring that the MMO is properly and effectively managed, and provides stewardship for the public funds entrusted to it. More specifically, and in pursuit of its wider corporate responsibilities, the Board is responsible for:

• ensuring that the Secretary of State, via the Senior Sponsor, is kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of the MMO or on the attainability of its targets, and determining the steps needed to deal with such changes;

• demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, operating within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the sponsor departments, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds (including taking into account guidance issued by the sponsor departments);

• ensuring effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on operational and strategic risk management, governance and internal control, such as setting up an Audit Committee to provide independent advice; and

• appointing, with the Secretary of State’s approval, a Chief Executive. The Board, in consultation with the Sponsorship Group, sets performance objectives for the Chief Executive which give due weight to the proper management, use and utilisation of public resources.

Individual Board members

As well as fulfilling their collective role described above, individual Board members shall:

• act in the public interest and uphold at all times the seven principles of public life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty and leadership.

• comply at all times with the Code of Practice adopted by the MMO (see above) and within Treasury and Cabinet Office rules relating to the use of public funds and to conflicts of interest;

• not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal gain nor for political profit, nor seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons or organisations;
• comply with the Board’s rules on the acceptance of gifts, hospitality and of business appointments;

• act in good faith and in the best interests of the MMO; and

• alert the Chair to any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

• Enthusiasm and genuine interest in the MMO’s role in effectively managing the seas around England to deliver economic growth to the fishing and marine industries, whilst protecting marine habitats.
• An ability to analyse issues at a strategic level in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions.
• An ability to question, challenge constructively and influence decision making within a Board setting of a large and complex delivery organisation.

• An ability to successfully influence and engage a strong and diverse network of stakeholders and partners in a complex stakeholder environment to deliver a top quality service to customers.

ARAC Chair specific criteria:
• Significant expertise in audit, governance, risk assurance and financial reporting and must be a qualified accountant.

Desirable criteria:
• Knowledge/an interest in conservation matters.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented on the Board.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)
• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)
• Contact details (including email addresses) for two referees

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Tuesday, 9th January 2018.
Email your application to by quoting reference:
APPT14 -17 for Board Members
APPT16-17 for ARAC Chair

1_Candidate information pack
2_Monitoring form 1
3_Monitoring form 2
4_Public Appointments Guidance notes
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