Disclosure and Barring Service - Two Non-Executive Directors

Body: Home Office
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sector: Regulation
Location: Various
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum, based on 20 days commitment
Time Requirements: 3 years

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 26 September 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 24 October 2022

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a leading role in safeguarding children and vulnerable groups?

If so, you can do this by becoming a Non-Executive Board member of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which provides a critical public service by supplying information to employers and other organisations in England and Wales (and barring information only in Northern Ireland), so they can make informed recruitment and licensing decisions, particularly for employers and volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults. The DBS also has responsibility for deciding whether an individual is barred from working with vulnerable groups.

The DBS is seeking two Non-Executive Board members with experience of safeguarding, and experience of audit committees or being able to chair an audit committee. We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of delivering success, outstanding communication skills, and excellent political awareness. As a Board member you will be committed and goal focused, with the ability to set clear priorities and to contribute meaningfully to Board discussions.

The successful candidates will also possess excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others. They will be able to analyse complex issues and have the ability to constructively challenge and influence strategy and decision making.

This will be a three-year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

All candidates will be required to demonstrate in their written applications and at interview how they meet the 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:

Essential Criteria

  • 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 take decisions 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 safeguarding role

  • Ability to bring experience to the Board to ensure for the proper conduct of DBS affairs, from a safeguarding perspective, ideally bringing data protection expertise.

If applying for the audit committee role

  • Financially qualified, ideally with recent commercial experience and the ability to chair the audit and risk committee.

Personal Qualities

  • 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.

As a holder of a public office the Commissioner is expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, at Annex A.


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Clearance (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

The closing date for applications is 23:00, 12 September 2022.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to: publicappointments@homeoffice.gov.uk

  1. A concise CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. 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.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B (attached separately), relating to conflicts of interest.
  4. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link apply-for-public-appointment.service.gov.uk for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.

Please include the heading (Disclosure and Barring Service NEDs) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments and note that short-listed candidates will also be required to complete and return a separate form in relation to referees and nationality information).

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.

Further Information

If you have any queries about any aspect of this role, or merely wish to have an informal discussion, then please contact Martin Skeats, DBS Secretary at Martin.Skeats@dbs.gov.uk

If you have any queries about the recruitment process for this role, please contact the Public Appointments Team at: publicappointments@homeoffice.gov.uk





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