Commissioner for Acoustics and Aviation Noise

Body: Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN)
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Science & Technology, Transport
Location: Guildford, moving to Woking in Summer 2019
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £12,000 pa
Time Requirements: 2 days per month approx.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 10/06/2019

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for Transport is seeking an individual to serve as a Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN), a body which is being established to become a credible and authoritative voice on civil aviation noise issues.

The Commissioner for Acoustics and Aviation Noise will work with the Head Commissioner, steering and developing the overall work of the Commission. The Commissioner will be required to work approximately two days per month, while maintaining sufficient flexibility to respond to additional ad hoc duties. They will also represent ICCAN and promote its strategy and overall direction.

ICCAN is seeking a candidate with a high level of expertise in the field of acoustics and aviation noise, to direct the development of the Commission’s scientific evidence base – with particular emphasis around the impact of aviation noise on communities. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence of providing independent and pragmatic advice and a track record of dealing with senior representatives of industry, communities, academia, and policy-makers. A track record of achieving results and providing strategic vision to contribute to the leadership of a high-profile public organisation is also highly desirable for this role.

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise is an independent body that is being established to:

  • Be a credible and authoritative voice on aviation noise issues;
  • Allow communities to have a greater stake in the processes which will create noise changes;
  • Make processes which change aviation noise impacts balance the needs of all parties in a better and more transparent way;
  • Increase the public’s confidence in the noise data published by the aviation industry and in the impartiality of the airspace change process;
  • Challenge industry to enhance its approach where necessary on assessing and mitigating noise impacts and engaging communities;
  • Maintaining independence by testing and challenging all opinions to seek best outcomes and building trusted relationships between all parties involved in Aviation changes;
  • Ensure improved relations and trust underpin local decision making on noise controls; and
  • Advise the Secretary of State for Transport in his role with regards to noise within strategically significant decisions.

It is envisioned that the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise will advise on the best noise management techniques and on the accessibility of noise information. It will verify noise forecasts and noise data and influence proposals through best practice guidance. It will monitor and quality assure airports’ noise measurements and reporting.

ICCAN is expected to publish and promote best practice guidance including on noise management, engagement on noise issues, use of enforcement tools, and the role of conciliation in disputes.

It is also anticipated that ICCAN will review recent research and where gaps in evidence exist, undertake or commission independent research.

ICCAN will consist of a total of five commissioners. It is led by a Head Commissioner, Robert Light who was appointed in autumn 2018, supported by four further Commissioners. This recruitment process is in place to appoint the final Commissioner to that team.

Person Specification

All candidates will be required to demonstrate in their written applications and at interview how they meet the essential requirements of the post. The criteria that will be used to assess whether candidates have the required qualities, skills and experience are listed below.

You must give examples in your application showing how in previous activity you have demonstrated each of the requirements:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:

Knowledge & Understanding

  • The ability to demonstrate knowledge of the range of issues that will form ICCAN’s work.
  • The ability to process and interpret complex information and utilise well-developed analytical reasoning skills and judgment.

Communication & Relationships

  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills and open-mindedness to all sides of the issues ICCAN will face.
  • The ability to build relationships at all levels alongside strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence.
  • The ability to satisfy all stakeholders that they are capable of maintaining independence.

Leadership & Neutrality

  • The ability to provide intellectual leadership and demonstrate a creative and pro-active approach to problem solving and a high level of professionalism.
  • A solid commitment to high ethical standards of integrity and honesty, and an understanding of the value and importance of the Seven Principles of Public Life.

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will must submit the following documentation to us by no later than Monday 3rd June 2019.

  1. A two-page CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.
  2. A Supporting Statement (around two pages of A4) explaining why you are interested in this role and how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
  3. A completed Supporting Documentation Form (Appendix B). All diversity monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Supporting Documentation Form includes the option ‘prefer not to say’

Applications should be sent to: quoting the subject line “Application for ICCAN Commissioner”.

Commissioner ICCAN - Candidate Pack v6 (Noise Acoustics Role)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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