Maritime and Coastguard Agency - Non-Executive Chair

Body: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sector: Transport
Location: Southampton
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £19,180 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to 35 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 25/01/2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Department for Transport is seeking a Non-Executive Chair for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The Non-Executive Chair will be appointed by the Secretary of State to play a major role in leading the MCA through a period of transformational change.

The MCA is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) responsible for developing and implementing the Government’s strategy for maritime safety and environmental protection, in close collaboration with the DfT and with a wide range of customers and other stakeholders. This is achieved through education, prevention, regulation, inspection and – when required – by initiating and coordinating maritime Search and Rescue through HM Coastguard and other emergency responders. In addition, the Agency runs the economically vital UK Ship Register and certifies seafarers. It provides survey and inspection capabilities to check the safety of ships operating in British waters and UK-registered ships abroad, and administers the law in relation to wreck and salvage.

The MCA’s vision is to provide the best Coastguard and Maritime regulator services in the world, to grow the UK maritime sector through its services and the UK Flag, and to show leadership in shipping decarbonisation. It has a dedicated team of some 1,100 professional staff and 3,500 Coastguard volunteers, and an annual budget of around £130m plus £175m for Search and Rescue helicopters. Many of the activities of the MCA support the UK’s wider maritime sector which makes a direct contribution of at least £11bn to the economy while directly supporting more than 113,000 jobs and 6,600 businesses.

The Non-Executive Chair will help the Agency to meet its challenging objectives and to support strongly the delivery of DfT’s ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy. It offers the right candidate the opportunity to play a major role in an ambitious agenda of internal transformation and external impact in support of DfT.

Person Specification

  • A knowledge of and credibility within the broad maritime sector, which might have been gained in maritime services, is highly desirable.
  • A record of strong stakeholder communication and influencing skills across a very wide range of stakeholder groups at senior level is absolutely essential.
  • Experience of and a track record of success in working with Government and the senior Civil Service is highly desirable.
  • A record of successful corporate and personal leadership at a senior level, with the necessary organisation, financial and organisation governance understanding and skills is essential.
  • Proven track record of success at board-level in a large and complex commercially orientated organisation as a non-executive and ideally in a chair role.
  • Commercial business understanding – experience of strategy development and implementation is desirable.
  • The ability to develop a clear view of what we are trying to achieve and to contribute to delivering against this vision.
  • Evidence of a personal motivation and commitment to UK public services and an interest in MCA business and our objectives.
  • A demonstrably collaborative way of working, for example with fellow Board members, other senior members of the Agency and wider agency stakeholders to enable the delivery of complex agency priorities both within and outside their own areas of responsibility.
  • Excellent communication of key messages to both internal and external audiences, and the ability to listen to and a willingness to act upon feedback.

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria set out in the “About You” section. Please note that the statement of suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way. This is an online form which will appear automatically once you submit your application.

Also, if relevant please submit:

  • A Disability Confident Interview Scheme form for disabled persons.

To find out more and to apply, please visit or for a confidential conversation, please contact advising consultants at GatenbySanderson:

MCA Chair Candidate Pack

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

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