Body: Office of Gas and Electricity Markets
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Energy
Location: London
Skills required: Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair will receive a part-time pay at the rate of £160-170,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: The post-holder will work 3-3.5 days per week (negotiable). Board meetings take place 10-11 times a year, with additional meetings of Authority committees. The role is predominantly based in London (for meetings), with occasional travel in the UK.


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

Martin Cave has been confirmed as the Chair of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem).

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    24/09/2018 at 06:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Its principal objective when carrying out our functions is to protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers. It does this in a variety of ways including:

  • promoting value for money;
  • promoting security of supply and sustainability, for present and future generations of consumers, domestic and industrial users;
  • the supervision and development of markets and competition; and
  • regulation and the delivery of government schemes.

The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) is the Governing Body of Ofgem, a non-ministerial department and an independent National Regulatory Authority. GEMA’s powers are provided by inter alia the Gas Act 1986, Electricity Act 1989 and the Utilities Act 2000.


Person Specification

The Chair of the Authority will lead a complex organisation, chair the board effectively, set strategy and hold executives to account, dealing successfully with current and future challenges including:

  • Addressing issues within the retail gas and electricity markets;
  • Responding to rapid technological change in the electricity market, allowing the emergence of smart, decentralised technologies, implementing plans for a more independent electricity transmission system operator and more active system management at a distribution level;
  • Improving value for money from the next round of price controls for gas and electricity networks under the RIIO (Revenue=Incentives+ Innovation+Outputs) framework, due by 2022, and reforming charging systems so that they provide the right investment signals while minimising consumer costs;
  • Supporting continued security of supply and efficiency as the UK navigates EU Exit; and
  • Improvement in the operational performance of eServe, which delivers a number of HM Government programmes.

Successful candidates would be expected to demonstrate the potential to meet some or all of the following criteria:

    • Ability to provide strategic and innovative leadership and challenge to large and complex organisations, particularly through periods of change and in a complex economic, commercial and regulatory environment;
    • Ability to lead and manage the building of an effective organisation, ensuring it is fit for purpose in the present as well as prepared for success in the future, both in terms of its core responsibilities and delivery of services;
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to engage and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders , including Government, the gas and electricity sectors, and consumer organisations, as well as a track record in successful media handling; and
    • Candidates should be able to demonstrate good judgement and high levels of integrity. This as part of a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life (

Desirable skills and experience:

  • It is desirable that candidates have experience of regulatory / government bodies, of consumers, and/or the electricity and gas markets.


Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Odgers Berndtson on behalf of BEIS. If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
  • Candidate application form – Please submit with your CV and covering letter.
  • Diversity monitoring form – All candidates are also requested to complete an online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which will be found at the end of the application process. Your data will be stored separately from your application and will at no time be connected to you or your application. Please return to with 65645 as the subject line.

The preferred method of application is online at

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to

All applications will receive an automated response.

Any postal applications should be sent to the Assignment team and NOT to Response.


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Further Information

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Simon McDonald on +44 20 7529 6359 or Laura Spurgin on +44 20 7529 1072.

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