CMA - Inquiry Chair

Body: Competition & Markets Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: Up to 4
Remuneration: £141,000 pro rata.
Time Requirements: Around 4 days per week but no less than 3, for a term of up to 8 years.


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

Business Secretary Greg Clark has appointed Kip Meek to the CMA Panel and subsequently the CMA has appointed him as an Inquiry Chair.

Date: 26/11/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Its aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy, with a strong consumer protection role. In order to meet these responsibilities it operates with flexibility, speed and transparency.

The CMA is an independent non-ministerial department based in London. It has over 600 employees and has representatives in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From 1 April 2014, it took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading.


The CMA’s key functions

The CMA’s main activity is to operate the antitrust, mergers and market regimes; provide advice and guidance to businesses to help them understand and comply with competition law; promote consumer protection; assess challenges to sector regulators’ decisions; and resolve disputes relating to licence and price modification proposals.

This is a critical time for the CMA as it is expected that there will be an increase in casework following the UK’s exit from the EU. The CMA will also run cases involving major worldwide companies.


The CMA Panel

Members of the CMA Panel are tasked with running merger and market inquiries that have been referred for a thorough (phase 2) investigation. Panel Members also make decisions on regulatory appeals on price controls or terms of licences.

The CMA Panel currently consists of around 30 Panel Members; this includes a small group of Inquiry Chairs. A number of current Panel Members are coming to the end of their term.

Panel Members are assigned to groups which are the statutory decision-makers on mergers referred to phase 2, market investigations, and regulatory references and appeals. Groups are led by an Inquiry Chair and assisted in conducting their investigations by CMA staff.

Up to 2 Panel Members (who may also be selected to take on the role of an Inquiry Chair) will also be appointed to the CMA’s Board.

Panel Members may also be asked to assist with internal CMA governance and policy committees or serve on Case Decision Groups (CDGs) for Competition Act 1998 antitrust and cartel enforcement cases. CDGs are the decision-takers (independent of the investigation team) on such cases and decide whether to issue an infringement decision and what the fine should be.


Role Purpose – Panel Member

To be an Inquiry Chair, you must also fulfil the criteria of a Panel Member. Members sit on panels that will make decisions on cases, and once appointed, assignments to cases are based on their skills, experience and availability. Each case will generally include an economist, lawyer and a member with accountancy/business/public policy skills.

Panel Members must make evidence-based and fair decisions backed up by well-argued reports. Panels are independent of the CMA Board when making decisions.

In reaching decisions on competition issues in each inquiry, Panel Members must work collaboratively with other Panel Members and staff to:

  • assess relevant evidence, both oral and written, from interested parties;
  • contribute to the group’s detailed discussion of the issues;
  • use their skills and experience to analyse complex commercial, economic and financial information; and
  • work collaboratively and use sound judgment to help the group reach fair decisions, where possible by consensus.

In performing their functions, Panel Members must maintain the highest standards of integrity, impartiality and objectivity at all times.

Panel Members will be asked to consider the performance objectives of the CMA and help ensure the CMA makes proper, economical, effective and efficient use of its resources.


Role Purpose – Inquiry Chair 

We are seeking to appoint up to 4 new Inquiry Chairs. Inquiry Chairs, chair phase 2 merger inquiries, market investigations and regulatory references and appeals. They may also chair Case Decision Groups.

Inquiry Chairs are required to:

  • ensure that the group’s work is conducted in accordance with the CMA’s rules of procedure and guidelines agreed by the CMA Board;
  • ensure the group delivers high quality and robust decisions;
  • lead the group’s hearings with interested parties and the analysis and assessment of legal, economic and financial information;
  • work collaboratively with other Panel Members, and lead the group’s discussions;
  • provide effective leadership to encourage consensual decision-making; and
  • effectively communicate the group’s findings.

Inquiry Chairs will be asked to participate in other areas of the CMA’s work including:

  • contributing to the governance and overall strategic direction of the CMA;
  • sitting on CMA Committees, notably the Case and Policy Committee; and
  • advising and contributing to policy development on all aspects of the CMA’s work including mergers, Competition Act cases, and market studies/investigations and competition advocacy.

Inquiry Chairs should be available to commit to around 4, and no less than 3, days a week.

Person Specification

Panel Member

We are seeking Panel Members with experience in competition policy and law, consumer policy and law, economics, accountancy, business, public policy, regulation and digital/technology sectors.

Panel Members are not required to be experts in competition law, but should have recent experience relevant to competition and have a broad understanding of consumer, business, and economic matters. Panel Members are expected to keep up-to-date in their area of expertise and the CMA offers a programme of tailored professional development.

Panel Members must be independent and should not represent interest groups.

Candidates are likely to have the following attributes:

  • an ability to think strategically, to offer direction on the analysis of issues, and questioning skills to probe the detail of the matter at hand;
  • an ability to absorb and utilise large quantities of detailed information and to assess and analyse complex economic, regulatory, and legal arguments from a competition perspective;
  • well-developed team-working and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with other group members and staff to explore issues, with the aim of reaching collective agreement on the matter at hand; and
  • an ability to work to tight timescales in considering evidence, offering consistency and logical analysis to reach fair judgments based on sound reasoning.

Panel Members may also be asked to serve on the specialist panels for particular inquiries in the regulatory area.


Inquiry Chair

We are seeking Inquiry Chairs with experience in competition policy and law, consumer policy and law, economics, accountancy, business, public policy, regulation and technology/digital.

Inquiry Chairs should have the skills and experience required for Panel Members (see above) and be able to demonstrate the following:

  • experience of chairing diverse groups to reach agreement in a legal environment;
  • an ability to set the strategic direction of an inquiry and constructively challenge analysis of issues;
  • sound investigative and analytical ability which can be applied to competition, economic and regulatory issues;
  • effective interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with members and staff working on the Inquiry as well as across the CMA; and
  • effective communication skills and the ability to communicate credibly with the media and external stakeholders to explain and defend the group’s decisions.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 11 June 2018.

Please ensure you submit an up to date CV, Cover Letter, proforma, application form and Diversity monitoring form by email to Please ensure you title your email “Inquiry Chair Application”.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor, Spur 2, BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

Diversity Monitoring - CMA PM PMIC
Inquiry Chair Proforma
CMA Inquiry Chair Applicant Pack
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