Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Non-Executive Director

Body: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: London and Bootle
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,100 per year
Time Requirements: 30 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    2/1/2023 at 11:59 pm

  • Panel Sift

    W/C 7/02/2023

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 17/04/2023

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a Crown Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

HSE is the national independent regulator for health and safety for those at work and those affected by work activities. Its wide range of activities includes overseeing major hazard safety regimes (including offshore oil and gas and onshore chemical processing), workplace inspections, accident investigations, policy development and publishing guidance and research.

The HSE Board oversees all these activities and is responsible for delivering Government policy and advising Government on health and safety issues.

HSE is a well-respected, world-class regulator but needs to tackle the future by developing innovative, modern strategic approaches to influence further improvements. HSE has published a new strategy that recognises and accommodates the impacts of the changing world of work, industrial and technological advance, the green economy, the role of HSE in post EU Exit chemicals regulation and the Building Safety Regulator.

The new strategy provides HSE with an enabling tool, direction and principles through which HSE has the flexibility to innovate, reform and trial new ways of working to establish those with the greatest effect, whilst maintaining those that have been proven to have a positive effect and have stood the test of time.

Further information about the HSE and its Board can be found at:

DWP is seeking one Non-Executive Director (NED) with a range of established skills/competence to join HSE’s Board. We are looking for candidates who can provide experience from other organisations with challenges on a similar scale to HSE.


The Board of 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 Board currently consists of the Chair and Ten Non-Executive Directors (NED).  The Board has four sub-Committees chaired by Non-Executives: Audit and Risk Assurance; People and Remuneration; Finance and Performance; and Scientific, Evidence and Engineering Assurance Committee.


The Role of a Non-Executive Director

The successful candidates will contribute to the Board’s role in leading HSE, with the opportunity to influence the future direction of health and safety in Great Britain.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Helping lead the work of HSE by operating effectively as a Board Member and contributing to Board meetings and discussions;
  • Chairing or participating in the activities of Board Committees;
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with a broad range of networks and stakeholders.
  • Representing HSE externally, acting collectively in representing its decisions to stakeholders and the general public;
  • Acting as a critical friend to HSE’s senior staff, particularly in their area of expertise; and
  • Demonstrating a commitment to the Seven Principles of Public life.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

We are seeking candidates with the right skills and abilities to complement the existing Board members. The successful candidates will need to demonstrate:

  • Ability to effectively contribute at Board level, think strategically and provide robust and reasoned challenge.
  • Ability to build positive, productive relationships, and communicate with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to champion change and learning, while helping the Executive Committee think through the risks and mitigations.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in what can be a sensitive and pressured area and be able to confidently defend those decisions under scrutiny; and
  • Current experience or understanding of the operations of the high hazard industries, such as chemicals and offshore (hydrocarbon and renewable energy)
  • An ability to represent employer issues or evidence of existing connections with groups that represent the interests of employers.


Desirable Criteria

The following criteria are also desirable:

  • Experience of leading or monitoring organisational transformation.
  • On-going connections with relevant stakeholders in Scotland.


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