Body: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Communities, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: National
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Remuneration will be £12,000 per annum. The post holder can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred during the course of their duties at rates set centrally
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment of the role is 20 days per year


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

“Adele Downey, DBS Chief Executive since 2016, will shortly be retiring. I am pleased to announce that Paul Whiting, Chief Finance Officer, will take on the role as the acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of DBS from 1 May 2019. Recruitment for a substantive Chief Executive is underway.
I am also very happy to announce the appointment of Samantha Durrant and Mary Cunneen as Non-Executive Directors of the DBS Board, from 1 April 2019. A third interim Non-Executive is soon to be announced. I look forward to working with all our new Board members.”
More information regarding our Non-Executive Directors and Board Members can be found in the Management section of our GOV.UK home page.

Date: 04/04/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 12 November 2018

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 3 December 2018

  • Announcement


Shortlist expected to take place week commencing 12 November 2018.


Assessment Panel

  • Cecilia French Added 04/10/2018

    Panel Chair

    Director of Public Protection, Home Office

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  • Glenn Houston Added 04/10/2018

    DBS Non-Executive Board member • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dr Hilary Emery Added 04/10/2018

    Board Director, Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust of schools, Norham Fellow, Oxford University Department of Education • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Disclosure and Barring Service is seeking two Non-Executive Board Members.

The first is to have a strong commercial background, to provide effective oversight of the DBS commercial landscape. Candidates are likely to have served in a large organisation, either public or private sector, and have management experience of IT enabled change. Relevant experience could include the procurement and management of major contracts, business development, financial management, a major operations role or corporate strategy. 

The other should be a safeguarding specialist, with expertise in analysing evidence, assessing risks and a strong understanding of the safeguarding environment and needs of the vulnerable, whether it be children or adults. 

The main responsibilities as a Non-Executive Board Member will be to:  

  • Work with the Chair and other Board Members in setting the strategic direction of DBS, and ensure the DBS discharges its statutory duties in line with the requirements of Schedule 8 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account in managing the organisation and its delivery programme.
  • Ensure that the Executive Team is held to account and systems are in place to enable them to discharge their responsibilities effectively, monitoring and challenging performance, finance and management of risk.
  • Take a key role in representing the Board and the DBS in communications with key stakeholders and acting as an ambassador for the DBS outside of the organisation.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement and at interview that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria 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 will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

·       Evidence of providing effective leadership in an advisory or senior management role, and  the ability to participate in the formulation of policies and strategies within a large, multidisciplinary organisation.


·       Strong commercial or safeguarding background.


·       Ability to challenge constructively and influence decision making within a Board setting.


·       Ability to analyse complex issues, particularly around people, financial and commercial management, and provide impartial advice at Board level.


·       Capability to drive change, improve performance and manage risk.


·       Ability to think and act strategically, developing practical, innovative and creative solutions to strategic issues.


·       An understanding of the complexity and sensitivities of the fields in which DBS operate.


Personal Qualities


  • Committed and goal focused, with the ability to set clear priorities and to contribute meaningfully to Board discussions.
  • Excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to obtain the security clearance.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following by midnight on Sunday 4 November 2018:

  • A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  • A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
  • In addition, please also complete and return via email the forms at Annex B (attached separately), relating to referees, diversity, nationality, political activity and conflicts of interest.

Completed applications should be emailed to

181002 - DBS Board Members - Candidate Pack - Final
181002 - Annex B- Supporting Documentation - DBS Board Members
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