Non-Executive Board Members - Marine Management Organisation

Body: Marine Management Organisation
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: The MMO is based at Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH. Board meetings may be held at this office or at other locations in the UK.
Skills required: Change Management, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £11,804 per annum
Time Requirements: Three days per month


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

New appointments to Marine Management Organisation board. Bill Dickson, Peter Judge and David Lyall have been appointed for three years commencing on 1 February 2019

Date: 23/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/09/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Board of the MMO has collective responsibility for the overall performance and success of the MMO, for ensuring it carries out its statutory duties and delivers its priorities as agreed with the Secretary of State. The Board is also responsible for holding the Chief Executive to account, ensuring that the MMO is properly and effectively managed, and provides stewardship for the public funds entrusted to it. More specifically, and in pursuit of its wider corporate responsibilities, the Board is responsible for:


  • ensuring that the Secretary of State, via the Senior Sponsor, is kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of the MMO or on the attainability of its targets, and determining the steps needed to deal with such changes;
  • demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, operating within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the sponsor departments, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds (including taking into account guidance issued by the sponsor departments);
  • ensuring effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on operational and strategic risk management, governance and internal control, such as setting up an Audit Committee to provide independent advice; and
  • appointing, with the Secretary of State’s approval, a Chief Executive. The Board, in consultation with the Sponsorship Group, sets performance objectives for the Chief Executive which give due weight to the proper management, use and utilisation of public resources.



  • Individual Board membersAs well as fulfilling their collective role described above, individual Board Members shall:
  • act in the public interest and uphold at all times the seven principles of public life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty and leadership.
  • comply at all times with the Code of Practice adopted by the MMO and within Treasury and Cabinet Office rules relating to the use of public funds and to conflicts of interest;
  • not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal gain nor for political profit, nor seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons or organisations;
  • comply with the Board’s rules on the acceptance of gifts, hospitality and of business appointments;
  • act in good faith and in the best interests of the MMO; and
  • alert the Chair to any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest.

Person Specification

Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

  • Enthusiasm and genuine interest in MMO’s role in delivering sustainable development.
  • An ability to analyse issues at a strategic level.
  • An ability to constructively challenge and influence within a Board setting of a large and complex delivery organisation.
  • An ability to successfully influence and engage a strong and diverse network of stakeholders and partners in a complex stakeholder environment.
  • An ability to drive delivery of change whilst maintaining a top quality service to customers.


MMO are also seeking to add skills in the follow areas to the board:

  •  Proven expertise of strategic oversight of a major change management process within a large and complex organisation.
  • Legal expertise with an interest in maritime legislation.
  • Leadership of an IT transformation programme within a large and complex organisation.

Additional Information

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability. The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role detailed on page 7. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

All candidates are required to complete the Public Appointments monitoring forms. Your personal data will always be treated in confidence and when anonymised with data from other applicants will help compile the Annual Statistical Bulletin of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


Your CV, statement and monitoring forms should be returned by email to – quoting reference APPT 09-18 by the closing date: 12 noon on Friday 28th September 2018.

Information pack
Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity)
Monitoring form 2 (Diversity)
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