Members of the British Transport Police Authority

Body: British Transport Police Authority
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sector: Transport
Location: London/working remotely
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: Up to 5
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 30 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    May 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    June 2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The British Transport Police (BTP) is the specialist police service for Britain’s railways. BTP’s work is wide reaching. It provides an important service to all passenger and freight operators, Network Rail, their staff and customers across England, Scotland and Wales, keeping them safe and secure. As a public body, the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) holds BTP to account for the delivery of this vital police service, ensuring its effectiveness and efficiency.

The Secretary of State for Transport wishes to appoint up to five new Members of the BTPA. Applicants should have knowledge and experience in relation to the interest of one or more of the areas listed below:

  • persons providing railway services;
  • knowledge of the interests of persons in Wales;
  • railway passengers;

You will be expected to demonstrate a desire and proven ability to challenge in a constructive fashion to achieve clear outcomes. You should also be able to demonstrate strong team-working, communication, strategic, and interpersonal skills. Sound judgement and a high level of personal integrity is also essential, as well as having experience of engaging effectively with the commercial world and understanding the user perspective. Finally, a commitment to an equal opportunities and diversity agenda is paramount.

If you are looking to make a major contribution to an important public service, which impacts on the daily lives of passengers and rail staff across the country every day, this opportunity is for you.

The BTPA values equality and diversity in employment and a socially inclusive transport system. We want the organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves. We very much welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their race, ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, marital status, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation or working pattern.

Person Specification

In addition to the knowledge and experience above, and the ability to devote the necessary time to the role, we are looking for candidates who meet the following criteria:

Essential criteria

  • Proven ability to challenge in a constructive fashion to achieve clear outcomes;
  • Strong team-working and interpersonal skills;
  • Sound judgement and ability to make difficult decisions and manage complex situations with a high degree of personal integrity;
  • Strong strategic judgement, and excellent communication and engagement skills;
  • Proven experience of engaging effectively with the commercial world or transport users;
  • Commitment to an equal opportunities and diversity agenda;
  • Understanding of the broader political context in which the BTP operates.
  • Strong IT skills with a proven ability to work remotely using virtual meeting software.

Desirable criteria

  •  Previous board experience or working within a corporate environment;
  • Knowledge and experience in relation to matters relevant to the policing of railways or policing more generally;
  • Knowledge or experience in relation to the successful implementation of transformation programmes;
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas listed below:
  • accountancy;
    • pensions;
    • risk management;
    • police oversight, including proportionate use of police powers
    • health & safety;
    • technology/digital including the assessment of information technology business cases; and
    • knowledge or experience of rail and/or policing matters in Scotland.
BTPA Candidate Brief March 21
Category-criteria form
Supporting Documentation form (Mar 21)
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