Body: Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Flexible – the GLAA base is in Nottingham, but the Board members are not required to be based in close proximity
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £270 per day with an expected minimum time commitment of 18-25 days per year
Time Requirements: Two years

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    6 April 2021

  • Panel Sift

    Expected W/C 19/04/2021

  • Final Interview Date


  • 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.

The GLAA must continue to provide an effective licensing scheme for regulated businesses, which targets non-compliant labour providers, whilst allowing those who conform to flourish.  Since 2016 GLAA has had a wider remit, in other sectors of the economy. Labour Abuse Prevention Officers  have been recruited, to bring GLAA’s staff complement  to approximately 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. Identifying and tackling unlawful employment practices requires highly effective partnership working with other bodies and law enforcement agencies, particularly the Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

We are seeking candidates 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. Strong 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.

The role is offered as two year fixed term appointments initially.


Person Specification

It is essential 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 those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

There are no fixed views on the specific professional background or sector for this role. 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 strategic 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.
  • A sound understanding of and strong commitment to diversity, public service values and the principles of public life.


Part Two – Personal skills and 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 Arm’s Length Body with its associated governance.

Due Diligence: Please note that as part of the recruitment process, due diligence, including social media checks will be undertaken on the appointable candidates.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 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.

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