Non Executive Director Government Legal Department (GLD)

Body: Government Legal Department (GLD)
Appointing Department: Attorney General's Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £16,368 per annum
Time Requirements: Circa 25 days per year

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Fireside Chat with the Attorney General


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Government Legal Department (GLD) is the largest provider of legal services across government, working with all the main Whitehall Departments. We help the Government to govern well, within the rule of law and provide legal advice on matters that are frequently scrutinised in Parliament and the media, including:

  • expert advisory, litigation, commercial and employment law services;
  • drafting statutory instruments and other subordinate legislation;
  • advice on the development of new legislation, preparing instructions for bills to be drafted by Parliamentary counsel and assisting in the handling of bills in Parliament; and
  • advice on legal policy and practice.

The Department has more than 14 client-facing advisory teams who provide legal advice on the development, design and implementation of government policies and decisions, draft secondary legislation and work with Parliamentary Counsel on primary legislation. Our cross-cutting expert service groups for Litigation, Employment and Commercial Law provide specialist legal services to a wide range of government departments and public bodies.

We are a non-ministerial government department with more than 2,500 employees, around 1,800 of whom are solicitors or barristers. The Department is based primarily in London but has teams in Bristol, Manchester, and Leeds.

Our vision is to be an outstanding legal organisation, committed to the highest standards of service and professionalism. We want to make sure the GLD is a brilliant place to work, where we can all thrive and fulfil our potential.

About the vacancy

We require a NED who is CCAB Qualified accountant and/or extensive experience of working in a relevant senior finance role to Chair our Audit and Risk Committee. Non-Executive Directors complement the balance of experience, knowledge and skills of the Executive Members of the Board by bringing an external perspective.

The value of the NED lies in their constructive challenge and the fresh, objective viewpoint that they provide.

The NED will:

  • Support the Board in defining, communicating and delivering a clear strategic direction for the Department including its vision, values, culture and setting high standard for ethics and the responsible conduct of public business;
  • Ensure the Department is able to provide a resilient, responsive high quality legal service to meet the significant political, policy and operational delivery challenges faced by government against a background of a changing legal market and fiscal constraints;
  • Actively challenge the Executive Member of the Board on key issues including the Business Plan, Strategic Risks, Structure and performance of the organisation;
  • Provide counsel, advice and support to the Executive Members of the Board, acting as a sounding board and critical friend where necessary;
  • Engage in annual budget panel review meetings; keep under review the current funding model and drive best value for money;
  • Monitor and challenge the department’s performance in relation to its objectives, commitments and its strategy;
  • Examine client satisfaction and performance reviews including meeting key departmental stakeholders;
  • Support the Law Officers role as Ministers accountable to Parliament for the work of the GLD;
  • Be an ex-officio member of Board Sub-Committees.

Person Specification

In addition to the general responsibilities set out above this NED will have:

  • Track record of significant achievement at a senior level in the commercial, private, public or not-for-profit sectors;
  • Personal credibility and the ability to use their experience, knowledge and skills to benefit the work of the Department;
  • Experience, knowledge and skills of managing a business;
  • Strong analytical skills, judgement and decision making;
  • Knowledge of corporate governance;
  • Knowledge of professional service delivery;
  • Personal credibility and the ability to use their experience, knowledge and skills to benefit the work of the department;
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills;
  • Ensure that the Board maintain appropriate governance and internal controls, and that sound risk and performance management regimes are in place;
  • Ensure that the Board regularly reviews the adequacy of the risk management framework by maintaining an active and effective approach to the identification and mitigation of Departmental risks;
  • Provide an objective assessment of year-end financial statements and related reports and provide advice to the Accounting Officer on the approval of the statements;
  • Facilitate discussion and challenge on internal and external audit related matters;
  • Provide assurance on the adequacy and reporting of fraud, security Inc. Cyber Security and whistleblowing arrangements;
  • CCAB Qualified accountant and/or extensive experience of working in a relevant senior finance role.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please provide the following:

  • a covering letter (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the role specification;
  • CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years;
  • Diversity Monitoring Form

Candidates can submit documentation by email to:

The closing date for applications midnight, 08 October 2021.

Please note that completion of the covering letter and Diversity Monitoring Form is compulsory. Failure to submit documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a fireside chat with the Attorney General.

Should candidates like to discuss the role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact Caroline Acheson, Deputy Director, at

GLD NED recruitment - Equalities Monitoring Form
GLD candidate pack for the NED post

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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