Chair of the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority

Body: Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, International, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Flexible – the GLAA base is in Nottingham, but the Chair is not required to be based in close proximity
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £330 per day, based on an expected time commitment of 6 – 8 days per month.
Time Requirements: Two years with the possibility of an extension to accommodate for when the Single Enforcement Body goes live


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

Julia Mulligan has been appointed as the new Chair of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.
She takes over from Margaret Beels who has stood down after more than 10 years in the role, both for the GLAA and its predecessor the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Julia is a former Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, where she was responsible for putting in place services for victims of crime and setting up a new team to support victims in the county. She also successfully attracted government funding to establish a new women’s centre in York.

In 2018 she became one of the first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners in the country, subsequently sitting on the national Fire Standards Board.

She was a Director of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners for six years. During that time she chaired the Police Reform and Transformation Board, set up by the Home Secretary to lead the transformation of policing across England and Wales. She held three national portfolios; for Victims, Rural Affairs and Integrity and Transparency, working closely with the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Independent Office for Police Conduct on reform of the police complaints system.

Julia has been a Member of the Advisory Panel to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner since January 2019; the Chair of the Independent Domestic Abuse Service since January 2020; a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority since May 2020; and the Chair of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales since April 2021.

Julia said: “I’m delighted to be appointed chair of the GLAA. Protecting vulnerable workers from exploitation is something I am hugely passionate about and I look forward to helping play my part in being able to do that, supporting the dedicated team at the GLAA.”

Note: The GLAA Chair is responsible for leading the Board in carrying out its responsibilities to deliver ministerial expectations and the strategic objectives of the GLAA. As such, the GLAA Chair is generally responsible to the Home Secretary for the governance and performance of the GLAA.

Date: 18/11/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected W/C 10 May

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. 

As the Chair of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), you will provide effective strategic leadership for the organisation. You will play a significant role in ensuring GLAA and its staff maintain the right capabilities to protect the rights of vulnerable and exploited workers. You will do this in an environment that is complex and constantly evolving, including through the establishment of the proposed Single Labour Market Enforcement Body.

The GLAA must continue to provide an effective licensing scheme for regulated businesses, which targets non-compliant labour providers, whilst allowing those who conform to flourish. Since 2016 GLAA has had a wider remit, in other sectors of the economy. Labour Abuse Prevention Officers have been recruited, to bring GLAA’s staff complement to approximately 120. The Officers have powers to enter and search premises and people, seize evidence and arrest suspects where they suspect labour market offences have been committed. Identifying and tackling unlawful employment practices requires highly effective partnership working with other bodies and law enforcement agencies, particularly the Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

We are seeking a Chair with demonstrable experience of operating at senior board level, who can work successfully with the Executive and non-executives to develop a high performing Board for the organisation. As Chair, you will have a strong commitment to the GLAA’s mission to protect vulnerable and exploited, and experience of leading transformational change, to reflect the significant strategic and operational transition the organisation is experiencing.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

There are no fixed views on the specific professional background or sector for this role, although understanding of, or experience in, a law enforcement or regulatory environment would be useful. 

Part One – Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrable experience of operating at senior board level, working successfully with the Executive and non-executives to develop a high performing Board for an organisation working in a complex and constantly evolving environment.
  • Demonstrable experience in transformational system and business change to reflect the significant strategic and operational transition the organisation is experiencing.
  • A professional track record that demonstrates dynamic and strategic leadership and inspires confidence in your ability to foster a positive organisational culture and guide the GLAA in its mission of protecting vulnerable and exploited workers.
  • A successful track record of managing relations with a complex range of stakeholders in an environment where decisions are taken under tough internal and external scrutiny.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance encompassing financial, performance and risk management.
  • A sound understanding of and strong commitment to diversity, public service values and the principles of public life.

Part Two – Skills and Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication, influencing and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively using persuasion and influence effectively in a high-profile environment.
  • Political awareness and the ability to operate at the most senior levels within Westminster.
  • Undisputed personal integrity and a personal style that demonstrates authority and commitment to public services values.
  • A strong commitment to the GLAA’s mission to protect vulnerable and exploited workers

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00, Monday 26 April 2021.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:

  1. A concise CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification as the evidence you provide will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for interview.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.
  1. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.


Please include the heading (Chair, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.


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