Non-executive Director, Dover Harbour Board

Body: Dover Harbour Board
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Transport
Location: Dover
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £26,500 per annum
Time Requirements: 2-3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/03/2018 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest ferry port, handled 2.6m lorries and 12m passengers in 2017. The Port handles up to £122bn of trade each year and supports up to 22,000 jobs. As one of the largest trust ports, it is an independent statutory corporation and operates as a highly commercial enterprise.

The Board is responsible for the continued development of this world class port and vital international gateway, including its administration, maintenance and improvement. The Board is focused on developing the port, growing the business and providing an important and continued contribution to the regeneration of Dover.

In addition to maintaining and improving the Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal, a major investment programme is underway, including the revival of the Western Docks, comprising a new cargo terminal due to open in spring 2019, new marina and waterfront development. This represents the largest single investment the Board has ever undertaken. At the same time, as the closest point to mainland Europe, a major challenge for the Port is to understand and address the implications for the Port of the UK leaving the EU.

The Port of Dover is owned by the Dover Harbour Board which is a Trust Port. Trust Ports are autonomous bodies that were created by Acts of Parliament and are controlled by an independent board. They are not Government-owned. Surpluses are reinvested into the port for the benefit of the stakeholders of the Port. The stakeholders are all those using the port, the employees of the port, the local community and all those individuals, organisations and groups having an interest in the operation of the Port.

The Dover Harbour Board seeks to appoint a Non-Executive Director, an appointment which will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Board members will be required to:

  • Formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way;
  • Contribute effectively and constructively challenge group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals;
  • Provide excellent internal and external communication skills and to engender public confidence;
  • Have sufficient scope and availability to attend such Board meetings, Committee meetings and additional forum meetings as required;
  • Bring the commitment to working as part of a team which is engaged and ambitious for the Port.

Person Specification

The appointed candidate will demonstrate the following qualities and experience:

  • Wide and relevant business experience at senior levels in an organisation or organisations of comparable complexity, profile and prominence;
  • Relevant board experience.
  • Wide knowledge and experience of the ports and shipping industry; knowledge of cargo and ferry operations being desirable.
  • An understanding and knowledge of delivery of infrastructure programmes and projects
  • Wide ranging commercial experience.
  • A track record of business growth and the ability to support the Board and the Executive team in attracting new customers to the Port.
  • Experience of the development of port logistics facilities will be an advantage.

Additional Information

Board meetings take place in Dover.

The Port of Dover is committed to developing a diverse board and welcomes applications who meet the criteria from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds in terms of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities.

How to Apply

Dover Harbour Board has engaged Wild Search to advise on this appointment. Anyone interested in applying should contact them to discuss the requirements further or apply by email ( including:

  1. A full curriculum vitae including names and contact details for three referees;
  2. A covering note of c500 words, setting out relevant experience and interest;
  3. A completed and signed DfT form. Please note that unless a fully completed copy of this form is submitted, an application cannot be taken forward.

Applications which do not include all three documents will not be considered.

Edward Wild is managing the process and would be happy to discuss the role further on 0207 233 2230.

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