Chair of the Disclosure and Barring Service

Body: Disclosure and Barring Service
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: Darlington or Liverpool, with flexibility
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Remuneration will be calculated pro rata with a full time equivalent salary of £110,000
Time Requirements: Two days per week / eight days per month


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 8 January

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    Following security checks


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a leading role in safeguarding children and vulnerable groups?

If so, you can do this by becoming the Chair of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make better recruitment decisions by identifying applicants who may be unsuitable for certain work involving children or vulnerable adults. The DBS is also responsible for managing and maintaining barred lists which are used to prevent unsuitable people from working in regulated activity with children and vulnerable groups.

As Chair you will deliver effective strategic leadership for the operation of the DBS, playing a significant role in ensuring that the DBS and its staff maintain the capability, to:
• deliver the DBS’s statutory responsibilities and objectives;
• take fully into account Government’s safeguarding objectives and priorities;
• deliver value for money; and
• maintain and develop effective partnerships at a strategic level with key bodies.

As the successful candidate, you will ideally have demonstrable experience in transformational systems and business change, to reflect the significant operational transition the organisation is experiencing. You will possess the ability to manage senior relations with a complex range of stakeholders and the ability to work collaboratively to build consensus, working closely with with other safeguarding organisations, law enforcement agencies and Ministers, to deliver Government priorities. As such excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others will be crucial.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

There are no fixed views on the specific professional background or sector for this role although experience in a regulatory, educational, or safeguarding setting would be useful.

You will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Ability to work with the Executive and Non-Executives to develop a high performing Board, leading the strategic direction of a complex organisation.
• Demonstrable experience in transformational system and business change to reflect the significant operational transition the organisation is experiencing.
• A commitment to and understanding of the the DBS’s beneficiaries and mission.
• Proven ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance encompassing financial, performance and risk management.
• Ability to manage senior relations with a complex range of stakeholders and the ability to work collaboratively to build consensus among diverse individuals (for example, in this role you will be engaging with Ministers and Senior Civil Servants in Westminster).
• A sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity, public service values and the principles of public life.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to motivate other to achieve change and continuous improvement.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level and Police vetting. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks.

How to Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please see the recruitment information pack and supporting documentation form attached.

Completed applications comprising CV, supporting statement, and supporting documentation form, should be emailed to:

Annex A - Supporting Documentation 2017
171124 - DBS Chair - Candidate Pack - FINAL
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