Department for Transport, Non-Executive Director

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 15 day per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

This is an exciting time to join the Department for Transport. We are responsible for the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

We work across all modes of transport – roads, rail, aviation, maritime – to improve journeys, boost economic growth, work towards a low carbon future and build a One Nation Britain.

We are seeking a Non-Executive Director to join the Department’s Board. The successful candidate, through their membership of the Board, will provide challenge and support to a wide variety of management and operational issues and contribute to the effective strategic and operational leadership of the Department.

As a Non-Executive Director your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute effectively to discussions on the leadership and performance of the business at the DfT Board and Executive/Non-Executive meetings (around 10 to 12 half-day meetings a year);
  • support the Secretary of State to examine and challenge new policy proposals, delivery of major projects and programmes, and development of strategy;
  • bring an independent perspective to the work of the DfT Board and Secretariat, contribute as members of Board sub-committees within the DfT corporate governance framework.
  • you may be asked to lead reviews into specific areas of the DfT’s performance, or to work with our policy teams to develop future strategies.
  • utilise your expertise to examine and challenge proposals for developing cutting edge technologies and innovation to the transport network to achieve our low carbon ambitions.

Person Specification

A strong supporting statement will demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the post. The criteria that will be used to assess whether candidates have a mix of the required qualities, skills and experience are listed below. Please give examples in your supporting statement showing how in previous activity you have demonstrated each of the requirements:

  • excellent commercial or business understanding that will allow you to critically analyse our performance;
  • experience relevant to the Government’s objective of decarbonisation including insight into how technology and innovation can contribute to a low carbon future;
  • leadership experience and knowledge of effective governance in the private, public or voluntary sectors;
  • strong communication skills, including an ability to offer challenge in a constructive, straightforward and open manner;
  • the ability to challenge and support the development of management and strategic policies;
  • the ability to successfully deliver change: experience of transforming business processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness at significantly lower cost;
  • good understanding of complex organisations operating in a political environment; and
  • 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

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following by 1 November 2020.

  • A CV (2 pages) setting out your career highlights and including any relevant supporting information.
  • A short supporting statement (2 pages) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the skills needed to succeed in the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the ‘skills needed to succeed in this role’.
  • Supporting documentation form. This captures your diversity information, which is used only for statistical monitoring purposes. It separately asks you to provide referees and declare potential conflicts of interest.

Completed applications should be emailed to

We welcome applications from disabled candidates. If you wish to discuss submitting your application in an alternative format, please contact the Public Appointments Team via the above email.

DfT NED Candidate Pack 2020
Supporting Documentation form
Disability Confident form

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

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