Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Board Member

Body: Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Regulation
Location: Flexible
Skills required: Change Management, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £270 per day
Time Requirements: 18-25 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected W/C 16/9/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    Expected W/C 14 October

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Your mission is to protect the rights of vulnerable and exploited workers, through targeted enforcement action and an effective licensing scheme

As a Non-Executive Board Member of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), you will support the GLAA Chair in providing effective strategic leadership for the organisation. You will play a significant role in ensuring GLAA and its staff maintain the right capabilities to protect the rights of vulnerable and exploited workers in a complex and constantly evolving environment.

There has been significant change in labour market regulation in recent years. The GLAA has gained new powers under the Immigration Act 2016. It now has a wider remit, in new sectors of the economy. Labour Abuse Prevention Officers have been recruited, to bring GLAA’s staff complement to approx 120. The Officers have powers to enter and search premises and people, seize evidence and arrest suspects where they suspect labour market offences have been committed. As the organisation exercises these new powers, it must also continue to provide an effective licensing scheme, which targets non-compliant labour providers, whilst allowing those who conform to flourish. Identifying and tackling unlawful employment practices will require highly effective partnership working with other bodies and law enforcement agencies, particularly the Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

We are seeking a candidate experienced in operating at board and senior board level. You will need to work with the GLAA Executive team and the non-executive Board internally, and with a range of external partner organisations, to guide the GLAA in its mission – ensuring workers receive their lawful employment rights, while taking effective action against unlawful or exploitative employers. Experience in business and system change is required, along with excellent relationship management and influencing skills. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate your ability to put robust governance arrangements in place for effective financial, performance and risk management.

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

Person Specification

You will be able to demonstrate:

Part One – Essential Criteria

• experience of operating at board level and how you can work as part of a team, developing a high performing Board that takes forward the strategic direction for an organisation working in a complex and constantly evolving environment;

• demonstrable record of creating positive and collaborative relationships with a complex range of stakeholders, in an environment where decisions are taken under tough internal and external scrutiny;

• ability to develop and implement robust governance arrangements and monitor performance, encompassing financial, performance and risk management;

• experience of organisational, system or business change to reflect the significant strategic and operational transition GLAA is going through and may face again going forward; and

• a sound understanding of and strong commitment to diversity, public service values and the principles of public life.

Part Two – Skills and personal qualities

• Good understanding of the business world, particularly in a labour intensive sector,or one with extended supply chains, and the ability to work effectively with business stakeholders.

• Good understanding of the operation of high end enforcement or regulation in an international context.

• Understanding of the experience of vulnerable workers and/or with getting worker voice heard.

• Ability to work collaboratively using persuasion and influence effectively in a high profile environment

• Political awareness and the ability to work effectively as Board member of an Arms Length Body with its associated governance.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to CTC 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.

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