Chair of the Marine Management Organisation

Body: Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Newcastle
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £40,459
Time Requirements: 8 days per month


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

The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has appointed Hilary Florek as the Chair of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Hilary will join the MMO as a member of the Board from 1 January 2018 and formally take over her duties as Chair on completion of the Board meeting on 8 February 2018. Her appointment is for three years. She will be paid £40,459 per annum based on eight days work a month.

Date: 15/12/2017

View Announcement

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    02/10/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    11:30 am


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The non-executive Chair of the MMO will lead the Board, set the overall strategic operational direction of the MMO, ensure good governance and with the Board, hold the Executive to account. The Chair will be responsible for:

• providing effective leadership and strategic direction to develop a cohesive and focused Board which recognises the need to work collaboratively with the Defra group, wider Government, other delivery bodies and stakeholders;

• leading the formulation of the Board’s strategy, ensuring the Board and the MMO discharges its statutory duties as set out in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and other associated legislation;

• leading the Board in contributing to UK and MMO preparations for a successful EU exit to take back control of our waters, setting the highest standards in marine conservation and ensuring a sustainable and profitable future for the sector;

• leading the Board in overseeing the timely production of realistic and costed business and forward corporate plans and monitoring in-year performance;

• leading oversight of the development of change and reform plans and supporting their effective implementation whilst maintaining focus on delivery;

• leading the Board in scrutinising and holding the Executive to account;

• ensuring that the Board, in reaching decisions, takes proper account of evidence and any guidance provided by Ministers or the sponsor department;

• encouraging high standards of governance, propriety and promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and resources throughout the MMO;

• representing the MMO and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that the MMO’s work and objectives are visible and understood;

• working with the CEO to build relationships with other delivery bodies, ensuring that the MMO works closely with them to ensure that policy delivery is cohesive and offers a top quality service for customers;

• meeting Defra Ministers and/or Secretary of State periodically and accompanying them, if asked to do so, to give evidence to Select Committees.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

1. The ability to provide effective strategic leadership of a complex delivery organisation.

2. The ability to lead and support reform to address the opportunities leaving the EU presents.

3. The ability to engage successfully with others, building productive and collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of senior stakeholders and partners to deliver a top quality service to customers

4. The ability and capacity to visibly lead and represent the MMO, clearly communicating its strategic direction and purpose.

5. An ability to build an effective team culture and create consensus on practical solutions both within the Board and in the way the wider organisation does business

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)
Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability. The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV, statement and monitoring questionnaires should be returned by email to – quoting reference APPT 06/17 by the closing date 12 noon on Monday 2nd October 2017.

3_Public Appointments Guidance notes
4_Monitoring form 1
5_Monitoring form 2
Return to Search