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.

This campaign will be re-run and we have cancelled the Sift and final interviews. We hope to re-advertise mid-July 2017.

Date: 26/05/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    18/04/2017 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    Campaign to be re-run

  • Final Interview Date

    Campaign to be re-run

  • Announcement

    Campaign to be re-run

This campaign will be re-run and we have cancelled the Sift and final interviews. We hope to re-advertise mid-July 2017.


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 to deliver Government objectives effectively and efficiently

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

• leads oversight of the development of change and reform plans and supports 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 departments

• 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 the Minister, if asked to do so, to give evidence to Select Committees

Person Specification

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

2. The ability to lead and support reform and delivery of change in an organisation or body

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, especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented on the Board. Defra operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people.

How to Apply

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 PAPPT 030/16 by the closing date: 12 noon on Tuesday 18th April.

1_ Advert
2_ MMO Chair Information Pack
3_ Public Appointments Guidance notes
4_ Monitoring form (1)
5_ Monitoring form (2)
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