Chair, Crossrail International

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, International, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £650 per day, with reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence
Time Requirements: 2 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 01/03/2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Crossrail International (CI) is a government-owned and Secretary of State (for Transport) sponsored specialist consultancy practice. It specialises in providing wide ranging advisory services to international clients on the delivery of their large and complex rail transit systems whilst also supporting UK Government’s export strategy.

CI shares the knowledge, innovations, expertise and lessons learned captured from the initiation, development and delivery of the Crossrail project. They help other countries develop rail and metro projects to provide for value for money and improved wider economic, social and environmental benefit.

Through the deployment of these capabilities, CI creates opportunities for the UK supply chain. CI currently operates an expert consultancy business model but is looking to expand its impact with additional operating models that will see CI negotiating Government to Government agreements. Bringing together a UK offer that comprises the broad range of UK consultancy businesses, supported by UKEF funding, to assist clients through the development phase of their projects.

The successful appointee will be responsible for helping shape and communicate CI’s vision to boost UK exports by assisting the UK supply chain to successfully bid for international opportunities to deliver infrastructure projects.

They will achieve this by:

  1. Having responsibility for the proper running and effective management of CI. They will guide and influence the Company at a strategic level, providing confident, clear and consistent leadership.
  2. Ensuring that the Board is appropriately constituted, led and developed as to secure the greatest possible long-term contribution from non-executive members.
  3. Having overall management responsibilities for the Board and CEO, evaluating and reporting annually on the performance of the Company and Board, to the Secretary of State or as delegated, and sharing this with the Department and wider Government as necessary.
  4. Being accountable, through the Chief Executive, for the development of a high-capacity, high-performing organisation.
  5. Being appointed by, and leading, CI’s relationship with the Secretary of State for Transport, his Ministerial Team and the senior official in the Department who provides the primary strategic link to the Company.
  6. Acting as an ambassador for the Board and for CI, helping to build and develop collaborative strategic partnerships that support and promote the vision for Cl.
  7. Dedicating the necessary time to promoting, influencing and networking with key decision makers and stakeholders.
  8. Operating within the relevant standards and duties, including the Nolan Standards, the Code of Practice on corporate governance in central government departments, Cabinet Office guidance on Managing Public Money and other relevant guidance.

Person Specification

You are expected to demonstrate that you can:

  • Support the company to realise its ambitions of building on a flexible and impactful business to help it realise its vision of assisting UK businesses to secure more work overseas, contributing to the UK Government’s target to increase exports and extend the UK’s influence internationally.
  • Have recent and relevant Board-level experience (or can demonstrate the ability to operate at this level).
  • Lead an organisation through a time of change and uncertainty, including managing political relationships.
  • Demonstrate strength of character and resilience to operate in a high-profile environment and guide an organisation tasked with delivering against demanding global objectives.
  • Translate first-hand experience of leading and/or delivering Crossrail (or other comparable metro projects) into propositions for international consultancy (particularly from a client’s perspective).
  • Galvanise government support and align business strategies to the delivery of government objectives to inform and shape the development of CI’s business.
  • Confidently present and advocate for CI internationally and with international delegations (e.g. potential clients and ambassadors).
  • Exercise independent judgement, constructive challenge and support the Executive team.

Deploy strong communication skills with the ability to engage and manage stakeholders, including Ministers, Civil Service (e.g. DfT, DIT, FCDO and the relevant UK supply chain).

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, you will be required to submit the following:

  • A CV setting out your career history and including relevant details of any professional qualifications.
  • A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum size 11 font) giving evidence of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the areas identified in the person specification.
  • In addition, please also complete and return via email the Supporting Documentation form relating to referees, diversity, nationality, political activity and conflicts of interest.

These documents must be emailed to (subject line: Application for Chair of Crossrail International) by no later than the closing date of 24th January 2021.

CI Chair Candidate Pack
Supporting Documentation form

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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