Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Chair

Body: Health and Safety Executive
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: Nationwide
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £84,000 Per Annum
Time Requirements: 3 days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    20th May 2020 Please note that this date is only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

  • Final Interview Date

    26th June 2020 Please note that this date is only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a Crown Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is responsible for the prevention of workplace illness, injury and death across the UK.

DWP is seeking a Chair with a range of established skills and competences to help set HSE’s strategic direction to 2025 and beyond, drive regulatory excellence and oversee the organisation’s governance arrangements.

We are therefore looking for candidates who can bring experience from other national and/or international organisations with challenges on a similarly large scale to those facing HSE.

The HSE Board is responsible for:

•Setting and delivering HSE’s strategic aims and objectives within the agreed policy and resources framework agreed with Ministers.

•Overseeing the budget and ensuring HSE complies with the rules for the use of public money.
•Ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on governance, risk management and internal control.

•Appointing the Chief Executive Officer, setting their performance objectives and remuneration (with Ministerial consent).

The Chair is expected to attend and preside over eight Board meetings a year, which take place at HSE’s headquarters in Bootle, Merseyside or in the regions or devolved administrations and involve an overnight stay. One meeting per year takes the form of a two-day strategic planning event. Other duties involve representing HSE with various stakeholders and meeting HSE staff located around GB, which can involve extensive travel.

The Chair is at the helm of an organisation that is expanding in both scope and scale over the next few years. We are now seeking a candidate with excellent leadership skills to fill this challenging role. The successful candidate will be collaborative, persuasive and have the ability to engage productively and effectively with a very broad range of key stakeholders as HSE continues to develop and influence the health and safety agenda.

Key responsibilities include:

•Providing strong and effective leadership to the Board, keeping it focused on HSE’s mission, vision and strategic direction within a policy and resources framework agreed with the Ministers;

•Supporting and motivating the Executive team, acting as a confidant, mentor and wise counsel whilst also holding them to account for agreed delivery objectives and sound financial management;

•Ensuring HSE has a constructive working relationship with Ministers and officials in the sponsoring body, the Department for Work and Pensions, with other Ministers and key stakeholders including Whitehall, industry, business and employee organisations;

•Ensuring collective behaviours and high standards of regularity and propriety are delivered, in line with relevant guidance, including ensuring formal and rigorous annual evaluation of the Board’s performance, and that of its committees, with independent input at least every three years;

•Demonstrating commitment to the Seven Principles of Public life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

•Ability to Chair a multi-faceted organisation and demonstrate its independence and impartiality;

•Ability to support and challenge the organisation during a period of significant growth;

•Collaborative and effective leadership skills with the ability to quickly understand the strategic issues facing HSE together with a sound understanding of the policy, political and environment context within which the organisation operates;

•Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills with the ability to manage relationships with political stakeholders and Secretaries of State alongside industry and business leaders;

•Knowledge, understanding and experience of complex organisations and industry;

•Ability to fulfil the role with professional integrity, exemplifying the highest standards of behaviour in public life

Desirable Criteria

•Experience of a relevant regulatory and/or safety environment


Personal Information Form (HSE Chair)
Diversity Form (HSE Chair)
HSE Candidate Pack
Return to Search