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

Announced
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

Announcement

An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Two new non-executive directors to join HSE Board
2nd September 2022

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has confirmed two non-executive director appointments to the Board of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Chyrel Brown and David Coats will fill two vacant positions on HSE’s Board, bringing with them a wealth of experience that will strengthen the existing team.

Chair of HSE, Sarah Newton, welcoming the appointments, stated:

“I am delighted that Chyrel and David will be joining us on the HSE Board. Their wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience will be a great asset to us. I look forward to working with them.”

Chyrel Brown

Chyrel is currently the Chief Operating Officer at One Housing Group and has worked for more than 20 years in large, complex commercial organisations across London and the Southeast. She sits on the Boards of St Martins of Tours Housing Association, Barnsbury Housing Association and is also a non-executive director at University College London Hospital.

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Fire disaster, Chyrel delivered assurance to the London Assembly on Fire Safety and embedded organisational risk regimes in cladding, fire and regulatory compliance.

David Coats

David has previously worked for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and continues to provide research and advice to a number of trade unions. He is the director of WorkMatters Consulting and an Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester. He sits on the Central Arbitration Committee, which is effectively the Industrial Court for Great Britain and the Advisory Committee for the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick.

As well as his breadth of experience in industrial relations, including work with non-unionised environments such as vulnerable workers, David has previously advised the World Economic Forum and served on the Low Pay Commission from 1999-2004.

Date: 02/09/2022

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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

    02/09/2022

 

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).

 

How to Apply

How to Apply

 In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

1. A CV (maximum 2-3 pages) with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.

2.An accompanying Supporting Statement (maximum 2 pages) – this is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in this information pack. The initial sift is based on this information, so it is important to fully address the criteria. You should aim to provide specific examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria, and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result.

Please ensure your full name is clearly stated at the top of your CV and supporting statement. Please also confirm the role that you are applying for at the top of your supporting statement;

3.Personal Information Form Most of the information requested is not seen by the panel assessing your application (though the panel may consider your declaration of interests).

4.Diversity Monitoring Form. Collecting and analysing candidate data will help us improve our diversity strategy. It will allow us to run more successful recruitment exercises in the future and ensure that competitions are fair for all. This form is not part of the selection process and will be treated in strictest confidence. It will be kept separate from your application and not be seen by the selection panel.

 The closing date for applications is 16/02/2022 at 23:59

 Please submit applications via the Hays Portal Below.

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