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

Body: Health and Safety Executive
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London (Currently, to meet Covid-19 social distancing guidance, the Board Meetings are being held virtually via Microsoft Teams)
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £15,100 per annum
Time Requirements: 30 days comitment


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

Two new non-executive directors to HSE Board
21st September 2021
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The Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed two non-executive director Board appointments to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The two new additions to HSE’s Board bring with them a wealth of public service experience that will be welcomed into the existing team.

Debbie Gillatt CBE is currently a magistrate and Trustee at Penny Parks Charitable Trust. Previously she held NED roles with Companies House and Insolvency Service and was the Director of Business Frameworks at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Within BEIS, she led the teams responsible for the UK’s company law, accounting standards and corporate governance rules, and those which lead on corporate transparency and anti-corruption initiatives. She also led on corporate responsibility and boardroom diversity initiatives.

Earlier in BEIS, Debbie managed a £3.2bn Government grant fund for business and led the cross-Whitehall team which supported Lord Heseltine in producing his report on the UK’s competitiveness. She also worked in the Cabinet Secretariat and managed The Secretary of State’s ministerial support team.

Her previous experience includes managing government’s relationship with a range of business sectors from production machinery to telecoms, and ground-breaking work in both economic regulation and inward investment.

Reverend Professor Gina Radford currently serves as Vicar in the Dart and Avon Mission Community in Devon. Between 2015 and 2019, she was Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England. She is a member of the National Police Ethics Committee and chaired Public Health England’s COVID Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions Ethics Group.

Chair of HSE, Sarah Newton welcomed both appointments to the Board. She said: “I am delighted that Gina and Debbie will be joining us on the HSE Board. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and I’m sure they will be a great asset to us. I look forward to working with them.”


Notes to editors:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.
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HSE is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Date: 21/09/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/04/2021 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week Commencing 10 May 2021 TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    Week Commencing 5 July 2021 TBC

  • Announcement

    21/09/2021 at 10:00


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

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

The HSE Board

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 eight Non-Executive Directors (NED). The Board has three sub-Committees chaired by Non-Executives: Audit and Risk Assurance; People and Remuneration; and Scientific, Evidence and Engineering Assurance Committee

The Role of The 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

There are four posts available- Employer Representative role, Employee Representative role, Building Safety Representative role and General Representative role.

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; and

• 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 Employer Representative Posts, we are also seeking reputable or valued experience of:

• representing employer issues and evidence of existing connections with groups that represent the interests of employers.

For the Employee Representative Posts, we are also seeking reputable or valued experience of:

• representing workforce issues and evidence of current networks with employee or workforce organisations and/or current knowledge of workplace issues.

For the Building Safety Representative Post, we are also seeking reputable or valued experience of:

• enabling positive change in the safety of the built environment, particularly in relation to higher risk buildings;

• effective networks and partnerships with, for example, house builders, contractors, local authorities, and/or other housing providers.


Desirable Criteria

The following criteria are also desirable for all roles:

• Experience of leading or monitoring organisational transformation and budgets;

• 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;


In addition, for Building Safety Representative Post:

• Working and building trust with tenants (Building Safety Representative Post).


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, font 12.  Please state the post that you are applying for at the top of the statement). This is 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 that you clearly state your full name at the top of your CV and supporting statement. 

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

4. Diversity Monitoring Form. This is for monitoring purposes only.  By collecting and analysing the data of those applying and obtaining an appointment, we can improve our diversity strategy.  This form is not part of the selection process and will be treated in confidence. It will be kept separate from your application and not be seen by the selection panel.

Please email your application to:

The vacancy will close on 30 April 2021


You will receive an automated acknowledgement once your application has been received. If you do not receive this receipt email, then your application will not have been successfully sent to the inbox. If you do not receive the acknowledgement email, please resend your application or contact us separately as soon as possible on the above email address.

Do not mark your email as ‘Private’ to ensure it passes our electronic security measures.

If you have any difficulty in sending your application or need the application pack in an alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audio CD, tape or e-text), please contact the ALB Public Appointments Team.


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