Body: Migration Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Communities, International, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, International Experience
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £40,000 per year, based on a time commitment of two days per week
Time Requirements: 3 years


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

Professor Brian Bell has been appointed as the Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    8 April 2020

  • Announcement

    23/06/2020 at 17:00

Please note the closing date has now been extended to Thursday 27 February. The Government has adapted the recruitment process around the UK’s coronavirus restrictions while ensuring a fair and open competition. This includes planning for remote interviews.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair of the MAC is appointed by the Home Secretary to oversee the operation of the Committee. The Chair has overall accountability for the MAC’s work and is responsible for overseeing the operation and output of the Committee, in collaboration with the Home Office Secretariat. To date, the MAC has operated “hands-on” in its analysis and interaction with the Secretariat. The Chair is responsible for establishing effective working relationships within the Committee, across the Secretariat and with government departments.

Key Responsibilities:

The Chair is responsible for overseeing the operation and output of the MAC (in collaboration with the Secretariat). The Chair has responsibility for providing effective leadership of the MAC and for:

  • setting the strategic direction of the MAC;
  • reporting and interpreting the MAC’s advice to Government;
  • representing the MAC to the public and the media as arranged by the Secretariat. The Chair is responsible for speaking on behalf of the MAC to the press and for being interviewed by journalists and broadcast media;
  • ensuring that the MAC acts in accordance with the Home Office Framework Document for the MAC and with Home Office corporate policies and guidance, as required;
  • conducting appraisals of MAC members;
  • ensuring that the MAC meets at timely and appropriate intervals;
  • ensuring that any significant diversity of opinion among the MAC members is fully explored and discussed; and
  • being available for regular meetings in London with the MAC, its Secretariat, and the MAC’s partners.
  • In addition, is expected to following the Seven Principles of Public Life. Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life


Person Specification

Part One – Essential Criteria

  • A proven track record and world-class expertise in the field of labour or migration economics (or other relevant social science discipline provided the candidate can demonstrate capability in migration policy and economics).
  • The ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of key stakeholders, including Ministers and senior government officials through effective communication and influencing skills (both oral and written).
  • Evidence of the ability to work with government and/or arms length governmental bodies.
  • Evidence of leadership, providing direction to a team, delivering results through others and handling relationships with senior figures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, having the ability to work effectively with both staff within the organisation and with external stakeholders.
  • Strong written skills – including experience of or evidence of the ability to produce evidence-based reports.
  • Quantitative analytical skills.
  • High standards of corporate and personal conduct, including a sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities and principles of public life.


Part Two – Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Personal qualities

  • The confidence and ability to take overall accountability for the MAC’s work and representing the MAC when required before Government Ministers and oversight bodies, such as the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee;
  • Empathetic but decisive leadership that makes progress through consensus.
  • Decisiveness and independence.

How to Apply


The closing date for applications is 23:00, Monday 17 February 2020.

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

  • A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  • 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.
  • Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.
  • 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 submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

If you have any queries about the recruitment process for this role, please contact Christine Ugborogho on 0207 035 8241 or email


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