Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Non-Executive Directors - Employee Representative and Building Safety Representative Roles

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Body: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: Location is flexible, although you will normally be expected to attend Caxton House, London and Bootle regularly for HSE meetings. (Due to covid-19 restrictions, the committee is meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams. This will be reviewed in line with the Government’s Covid-19 policy and guidance)
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: 15,100 per annum
Time Requirements: 30 days per Year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    19/01/2022

  • Closed for Applications

    16/02/2022

  • Panel Sift

    W/C 21/03/22 TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 23/05/22 TBC

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

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.  HSE continues to drive efficiencies in all that it does and is also seeking to grow its income.

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 begun work on 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 will provide HSE with an enabling tool, providing 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:  http://www.hse.gov.uk/index.htm

DWP is seeking two Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) 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

 

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
  • Demonstrate Commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (see annex 1 in this pack).

 

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 nine 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
  • Demonstrate Commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (see annex 1 in this pack).

 

Person Specification

Employee representative role and Building safety representative role

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 the following essential criteria:

  • Ability to effectively contribute at Board level (prior non-executive experience is not essential), 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
  • An understanding of health and safety issues, preferably in the workplace or experience of working in a regulatory environment.

 

For the Employee representative post only, additional essential criteria cover seeking evidence of:

  • the ability to represent current workforce issues and to build relationships with employees or workforce organisations; and/or
  • experience or knowledge of issues relating to new and emerging forms of working arrangements (such as the ‘gig economy’).

 

For the Building Safety Representative post only, we are also seeking essential criteria evidence of the ability to:

  • enable positive change in the safety of the built environment, particularly in relation to higher risk buildings; and
  • build relationships with, for example, house builders, contractors, local authorities, and/or other housing providers.

 

Desirable Criteria

The following are also desirable criteria for both roles:

  • Experience of leading or monitoring organisational transformation.
  • Willingness to develop knowledge of the environment within which the public sector operates including a good understanding of parliament; and
  • On-going connections with relevant stakeholders in one or more of the countries of Great Britain.
  • Ability to champion work related mental health agenda and enable the development of healthier workplaces.

 

Additional desirable criteria for the Building Safety Representative Post only:

  • Evidence of the ability to work and build trust with residents, tenants and the build industry.
  • Understanding of building safety and usages (unoccupied and occupied).

 

Attachments
HSE 2022 Candidate Pack_Final
HSE - NEDS DIVERSITY FORM
HSE - NEDS PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM
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