Chair of Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme Governance Group

Body: Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme Governance Group
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: We are currently working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we begin to return to the office, this role will be based in London.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role will be remunerated at £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: A minimum of 10-15 days per annum, including chairing four Governance Group meetings; 3 year contract.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    05/07/2021 at 23.00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Cabinet Office is seeking to appoint a new Non-Executive Board Chair for the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme Governance Group. A primary objective of this recruitment is to increase the diversity of this group.

The role of the Non- Executive Board Chair is to provide professional expertise and direction to the Governance Group while being aware of the responsibilities under the Public Service Pension Scheme Act 2013 (PSPA13) and the Code of Practice issued by the Pensions Regulator for public service schemes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an understanding of the RMSPS and its Governance Group and to demonstrate genuine enthusiasm to deliver an excellent member experience to the RMSPS membership.

In particular, the Chair will:

  • Represent the best interests of scheme members, employers and the taxpayer in order to assist the Scheme Manager in ensuring that the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme is effectively administered and complies with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Offer advice and intelligent challenge and input to any scheme manager proposals.
  • Actively prepare for and lead the Governance Group meetings, act collaboratively and direct meetings as appropriate.
  • Act in accordance with the seven principles of public life and relevant laws and regulations.
  • Balance the views and needs of the scheme stakeholders and the scheme members.
  • Provide the necessary commitment and time to the role needed to achieve success, identify own training needs and undertake training as required.
  • Satisfy themselves that financial probity, adequate quality controls and systems for risk management and governance are in place.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Governance Group and how it fits with other scheme governance arrangements and act accordingly.
  • At all times, ensure that the scheme members’ interest lies at the heart of what the Governance Group does.

Person Specification

Person specification

The Cabinet Office welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds. All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the following criteria, and offer a commitment to The 7 principles of public life;

  • Experience in operating at Board level or equivalent in the public or private sector (or both) preferably in a non-executive pension/reward scheme capacity.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – capability to manage stakeholder relationships in a collaborative way to effectively champion diversity and difference maintaining successful particularly where differing or conflicting views arise;
  • Professional Pension Trustee or similar governance experience;
  • Ability to analyse complex information, understand options presented, assist others to  understand issues and differing views provide constructive feedback, seek clarity as required.

Additionally, the following experience would be considered an  asset to your application.

  Desirable Criteria

  •   Experience of the pension administration industry and the challenges facing pension schemes would be an advantage. 
  • The capacity to bring a fresh, external view and independence of judgment with the ability to lead and negotiate and an understanding of how government works.

It is unlikely that any one individual will be experienced in all of these areas.

For this post, a person cannot be appointed as a Governance Group Member if he or she is employed in the civil service of the state (at the date of the taking up appointment), has unspent criminal convictions, is subject to bankruptcy, or disqualification as a company director. There must be no employment restrictions, or limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

Eligibility for the Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be determined against evidence of the desirable criteria.

Appropriate due diligence checks will be carried out.

Additional Information

For more information on The RMSPS Governance Group please see

If you would like more information about this role please contact

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of the Cabinet Office, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your covering letter.

All successful candidates will be required to declare any interests on appointment and they will be entered on a register which is available to the public.

Security clearance

The successful candidate will be required to have or to obtain basic security clearance. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks.

Political activity is no bar to appointment. Information on political activity is primarily sought for monitoring purposes only.

Please note that any political activity declared by the successful candidate will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history.

2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.

3. Monitoring form (Google) you do not need to have a Google account to complete the form (here) – any information you provide in Section A will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel. The form now includes questions about disability. Information to help answer these questions can be found on the Public Appointments website  If you experience problems accessing the monitoring form please contact Karen Wilson (

Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme Governance Group Chair Candidate Pack
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This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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