Body: Disclosure and Barring Service
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sector: Regulation
Location: National
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Remuneration will be £12,000 per annum, based on 20 days’ attendance
Time Requirements: 20 days per year (possibly up to 30 days).


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

Neil Rhodes joined the Disclosure and Barring Service Board in May 2020 as a Board member.
Neil has a longstanding interest in safeguarding and promoting opportunities for young people. A police officer for 31 years, he was Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police until February 2017. His background includes significant change management within the criminal justice sector. He is a past chair of three different Local Criminal Justice Boards.
Neil is also currently Deputy Chair of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust, chairing their Finance and Performance Committee. He has also been a member of the Youth Justice Board since 2013.
Neil is a Trustee of the Freshtime Futures Trust, a charity assisting young people and he chairs Lincoln Cathedral’s Audit Committee.

David Banks has been a Non-Executive Director of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) since April 2019.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young (now EY) in Manchester, and stayed in the profession for a few years before moving into commerce where he undertook a number of finance roles for Thomas Cook and Group 4. Most of his career has been spent in general management where he led an organisation developing privately managed prisons and associated justice services for governments in the UK, South Africa and Australia under PFI and management only contracts.
Since leaving full time employment in 2011, he has operated as a consultant advising on strategy and has held a number of Non-Executive Director positions including the Youth Justice Board where he chaired the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Hyde Housing Association where he currently holds the post of Senior Independent Director.
David will be taking the role of Chair for the Audit and Risk Committee and will be a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 4 November

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 9 December

  • Announcement

    11 May 2020


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Disclosure and Barring Service is seeking two Non-Executive Board Members.

The first should have law enforcement and/or criminal justice expertise, and the second should have experience of audit committees, or be able to chair audit committees.

The main responsibilities as a Non-Executive Board Member will be to:  

  • Work with the Chair and other Board Members in setting the strategic direction of DBS, and ensure the DBS discharges its statutory duties in line with the requirements of Schedule 8 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account in managing the organisation and its delivery programme.
  • Ensure that the Executive Team is held to account and systems are in place to enable them to discharge their responsibilities effectively, monitoring and challenging performance, finance and management of risk.
  • Take a key role in representing the Board and the DBS in communications with key stakeholders and acting as an ambassador for the DBS outside of the organisation.

Person Specification

It is important in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with you if invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.

Part one – Essential skills and Experience

  • Evidence of providing effective leadership in an advisory or senior management role, and the ability to participate in the formulation of policies and strategies within a large, multidisciplinary organisation.
  • Ability to challenge constructively and influence decision making within a Board setting.
  • Ability to analyse complex issues, particularly around people, financial and commercial management, and provide impartial advice at Board level.
  • Capability to drive change, improve performance and manage risk.
  • Ability to think and act strategically, developing practical, innovative and creative solutions to strategic issues.
  • An understanding of the complexity and sensitivities of the fields in which DBS operate.

You must also demonstrate at least one of the following:

If applying for the law enforcement and/or criminal justice role

Experience of law enforcement / criminal justice in a senior role and in particular ability to liaise with key stakeholders in this area alongside ability to comment on matters relating to enhanced certificates.

If applying for the audit committee role

  • Hold a professional accounting qualification and have experience of chairing an audit and risk committee, or be able to evidence the ability to chair such a committee

Part two – Personal abilities and behaviours

  • Committed and goal focused, with the ability to set clear priorities and to contribute meaningfully to Board discussions.
  • Excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks. The successful candidate will be encouraged to take up this appointment as soon as possible, subject to the successful completion of all pre-appointment checks.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following by 23:00 on Monday 28 October 2019:

  • 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.
  • In addition, please also complete and return via email the forms at Annex B (attached separately), relating to referees, diversity, nationality, political activity and conflicts of interest.


Completed applications should be emailed to publicappointments@homeoffice.gov.uk


Annex-B-Supporting-Documentation-2019 (7)
190930 DBS Board Members - Candidate Pack - FINAL
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