Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN), Commissioners

Body: Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN)
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Communities, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: Woking
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £12,000 pa
Time Requirements: 2 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    02/01/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    W/C 07/01/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 21/01/2019

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations are seeking individuals to serve as Commissioners of the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN), a body which is being established to become a credible and authoritative voice on civil aviation noise issues.

The Commissioners of ICCAN will work with the Head Commissioner, steering and developing the overall work of the Commission. The Commissioners will be required to work approximately two days per month, while maintaining sufficient flexibility to respond to additional ad hoc duties. They will also represent ICCAN and promote its strategy and overall direction.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Attending board meetings and determining procedures for ICCAN;
  • Providing excellent vision and leadership;
  • Contributing to the fulfilment of the Commission’s functions as set out in its Terms of Reference including presenting reporting to Ministers, UK Parliament and the respective Devolved Administrations as appropriate;
  • Representing ICCAN externally and fostering close working relationships with key stakeholders, including communities, businesses, academics and regulators.

Person Specification

All candidates will be required to demonstrate in their written applications and at interview how they meet the requirements of the post. The criteria that will be used to assess whether candidates have the required qualities, skills and experience are listed below. You must give examples in your application showing how in previous activity you have demonstrated each of the requirements:

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:

  • The ability to demonstrate knowledge of the range of issues that will form ICCAN’s work.
  • Extensive experience in one of the following areas:
    • acoustics & aviation noise, to direct the development of the Commission’s scientific evidence base especially around the impact of aviation noise on communities;
    • aerospace & the aviation industry, in particular to ensure that the Commission considers aircraft noise in the broader context of aviation in the UK;
    • community engagement & representation, to ensure that the Commission’s work is focused on areas which will have the greatest benefits to communities affected by aviation noise.
    • Proven ability to demonstrate neutrality, effective communication skills and open-mindedness to all sides of the issues ICCAN will face.
  • A track record of achieving results and providing strategic vision to contribute to the leadership of a high-profile public organisation;
  • Proven exceptional ability to communicate and build relationships at all levels alongside strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence;
  • Demonstrable ability to satisfy all stakeholders that they are capable of maintaining independence;


  • Evidence of stature and capacity to provide independent and pragmatic advice to stakeholders and a track record of dealing with senior representatives of industry, communities, academia, and policy-makers;

The successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate the following attributes and professional skills:

  • Expert ability to process and interpret complex information;
  • Well-developed analytical reasoning skills and judgment,
  • The ability to provide intellectual leadership and demonstrate a creative and pro-active approach to problem solving and a high level of professionalism;
  • A commitment to work according to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • A solid commitment to high ethical standards of integrity and honesty, and an understanding of the value and importance of the Seven Principles of Public Life.

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will must submit the following documentation to us by no later than noon on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019:

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.
  2. A Supporting Statement (around two pages of A4) explaining why you are interested in this role and how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
  3. A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (Appendix B). All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form includes the option ‘prefer not to say’
  4. A completed Candidate Supporting Information Form (Appendix C)

If relevant, please also submit:

  • A completed Interview Access Scheme Form if applying under this scheme (Appendix D)

Applications should be sent to: ensuring that you quote the reference ICCAN.

DfT - Commissioner ICCAN - Candidate Pack

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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