Non-Executive Director

Body: Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Energy, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: The NED will receive a pay at the rate of £20,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: Board meetings take place 10-11 times a year in London and are a commitment of roughly 1.5 days each plus preparation time.


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

John Crackett has been appointed as a non-executive director to Ofgem

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  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

GEMA is the Governing Body of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, a non-ministerial department and an independent National Regulatory Authority. GEMA’s powers are provided by inter alia the Gas Act 1986, Electricity Act 1989 and the Utilities Act 2000.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is seeking to fill up to 3 Non-Executive board member (NED) positions for the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA), the governing board of Ofgem.

NEDs bring independent oversight, support and constructive challenge to Ofgem. GEMA makes decisions on major regulatory issues and NEDs will be expected to contribute to these collective decisions. The NEDs may also be involved in working groups or offer advice and support to individual directors, in addition to ad hoc pieces of work across Ofgem.

Person Specification

Successful candidates would be expected to demonstrate the potential to meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Ability to provide strategic and innovative advice and challenge to large and complex organisations, particularly through periods of change and in a complex economic, commercial and regulatory environment;
  • Ability to contribute to the building of an effective organisation, ensuring it is fit for purpose in the present as well as prepared for success in the future, both in terms of its core responsibilities and delivery of services.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to engage and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders , including Government, the gas and electricity sectors, and consumer organisations;
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate good judgement and high levels of integrity. This as part of a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life (; and
  • The ability to contribute to governance at a strategic level.

Other relevant experience might include one of the following:

  • Experience of a relevant industry, such as one with a high level of engineering/technical expertise;
  • Experience of effective advocacy for consumer interests in a related sector;
  • An operational background, such as experience in running organisations that have big customer bases; or
  • Experience of financial accountability or management in organisations with significant budget.

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.

How to Apply

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Odgers Berndtson on behalf of BEIS. If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • Please provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
  • Candidate application form – Please submit with your CV and covering letter.
  • Diversity monitoring form – All candidates are also requested to complete an online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which will be found at the end of the application process. Your data will be stored separately from your application and will at no time be connected to you or your application. Please return to with 65336 as the subject line.

The preferred method of application is online at

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to

All applications will receive an automated response.

Any postal applications should be sent to the Assignment team and NOT to Response.

Government Practice, 65336, Odgers Berndtson, 20 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6XD

Further Information:

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Simon McDonald on +44 20 7529 6359 or Laura Spurgin on +44 20 7529 1072.

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