Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) Non-Executive Directors

Body: IDAB
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: A meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday of every month and held in the BEIS offices in London, typically between the hours of 3:30pm and 5:30pm. As a Member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board, there is a commitment on you to attend these monthly meetings.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/04/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation:

The Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) advises Ministers on applications from companies proposing to start capital investment projects in the Assisted Areas in England.

IDAB is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

IDAB is a statutory body which advises the Secretary of State on large business/industrial investment and intervention decisions being considered by the Government (specifically under sections 7 and 8 of the Industrial Development Act (IDA) 1982).

Person Specification


As a member on the IDAB, you will have a statutory role of advising Government Ministers on whether financial support should be provided to UK businesses.

Board Members’ have both statutory and non-statutory responsibilities.

As a Member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board, the function is to bring independent oversight, support and constructive challenge to the Board.

Government Departments may also wish to use the skills and expertise of IDAB Members and the independent review role the Board provides. In this instance, the Board Member may be asked to provide advice on commercial and financial advice to large commercial projects that fall outside IDAB’s statutory remit (e.g. launch investment cases) where the Department considers that the Member’s expertise would enable the project to improve its decision making. For this reason we are seeking Members with an appreciation of the Government’s strategic intent and programmes, including the Industrial Strategy,  sector deals and the Digital Strategy.

The Role:

Your application should demonstrate the following:

Skills and Experience:

Essential criteria

Members should have the following skills and experience:

·        Demonstrable record of success in chosen field;

·        Working knowledge of corporate and investment finance;

·        Ability to analyse complex situations and draw reasonable conclusions;

·        Board experience, either in the public or private sector; and

·        Collaborative mindset and ability to work as part of a strategic team to achieve objectives.

Desirable criteria:

To balance skills profiles, we would be particularly keen to hear from applicants with experience in the following sectors:

·        Regeneration/ property development/ construction, particularly in relation to transformational change and service improvements; and

·        Finance.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

Diversity monitoring form_IDAB Members
Applicant pack_IDAB Members
Return to Search