Civil Nuclear Police Authority, Independent Member

Body: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Defence, Energy, Prison & Policing
Location: Abingdon, Oxford, but virtual for the foreseeable future
Skills required: Change Management, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £17,500
Time Requirements: 35 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 14/06/2021

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 29/06/2021

  • Announcement

    August 2021


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA) is a BEIS Non-Departmental Public Body responsible for oversight of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and the employment of police officers and staff.

Based in Culham, Oxfordshire the CNC is the specialist, armed police force responsible for protecting the UK’s 10 licenced nuclear facilities, and civil nuclear material in transit in the UK and internationally. The constabulary employs over 1,500 police officers and police support staff and plays an important role in supporting the UK’s wider response to national emergencies. The CNC’s gross budget for 2020/21 is over £100 million, funded primarily through income from nuclear operators.

As a national infrastructure policing force, the CNC carries out an important and unique task, which becomes ever more challenging as global terrorism threats change and new ones emerge. In March 2021, the CNC published its three-year strategy reflecting its journey of change towards managing this evolving threat environment, as well as other changes within the UK civil nuclear sector.

The CNPA oversees the CNC and must ensure that their policing meets the needs of our nuclear operating companies. In close collaboration with BEIS, the CNPA has a critical role to play in leading and supporting the CNC in the delivery of its strategy and changing function.

The CNPA’s members are appointed by the Secretary of State and are independent of the CNC’s management. They comprise of the Chair, four representatives from the nuclear industry and three independent members. The Police Authority discharges its day-to-day functions through the CNPA Authority meetings and matters delegated to three standing committees chaired by non-Executives – the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (ARFC), the Senior Appointments Committee (SAC) and the People Committee (PC). They are responsible for:

  • Maintaining an efficient and effective CNC and determining its policing objectives.
  • Appointing members of the Executive Team and employing members of the CNC.
  • Accounting for the CNC’s operational and managerial performance to the Secretary of State and to the public.
  • Setting the strategy, policy, resource and performance management framework for the CNC.
  • Monitoring the CNC’s overall performance against the agreed strategies and agreeing remedial action if needed.
  • Supporting and advising the CEO/Chief Constable in the exercise of his functions

Further information about the work of the CNPA can be found at:

Person Specification

The new independent member will assist the CNPA Chair in providing effective strategic leadership and oversight of the CNC: supporting and positively challenging its executives, delivering effective and efficient services, maximising its operational worth and providing value for money. Whilst not necessarily coming from a security or nuclear background, the independent Member should understand the context and environment in which the CNPA operates, display sound judgement, and make an effective contribution to Authority decision-making.

We are seeking candidates with the right skills, experience and abilities to complement those of our existing Board members, who can draw on a background in human resources (and/or employment legislation) and change management; but who can also provide challenge, perspective and guidance on a range of complex issues relevant to the CNPA’s work. We want to ensure that the CNC’s key driver of value – its people – is prioritised at board level.

Independent Members are expected to attend and take full part in CNPA Board meetings and to provide leadership to specific Committees to ensure their effectiveness in all aspects of governance, process and assurance, as required. Further activities may be undertaken on an ad-hoc basis, including the opportunity to mentor a member of the executive. The independent Member must comply with all relevant codes of conduct and maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics.

Essential criteria

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

(i) Experience of working at a senior level, leading organisational change and setting strategic direction.

(ii) Change management expertise and experience of working in Human Resourcing strategy and/or employment legislation.

(iii) Substantial experience of organisational governance including planning, financial management, strategy and performance.

(iv) The ability to scrutinise, challenge and monitor performance against targets and to ensure that resources are used efficiently.

(v) Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build highly effective professional relationships with a range of stakeholders including the Chairman, executive and non-Executive members.

(vi) Sound judgement and analytical capabilities, with experience of scrutinising and evaluating complex proposals, addressing risk, and taking evidence-based and objective decisions.

Desirable criteria

We are particularly keen to receive applications from people with:

(i) Previous experience of operating as a non-Executive Director or at Board Level.

(ii) Experience of working with or within Whitehall and Central Government.

(iii) People management skills, including experience mentoring senior team members.

Please note that candidates who have worked in the nuclear sector in the six months prior to joining the CNPA Board may present a conflict of interest which will need to be explored at interview.


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