Non-Executive Directors Health and Safety Executive

Body: Health and Safety Executive
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: Bootle, Merseyside and London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £15,100
Time Requirements: 30 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

HSE is the national independent regulator for health and safety for those at work and those affected by work activities. Its wide range of activities includes overseeing major hazard safety regimes (including offshore oil and gas and onshore chemical processing), workplace inspections, accident investigations, policy development and publishing guidance and research.

The HSE Board is responsible for:

  • Setting and delivering HSE’s strategic aims and objectives within the agreed policy and resources framework agreed with Ministers.
  • Overseeing the budget and ensuring HSE complies with the rules for the use of public money.
  • Ensuring that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on governance, risk management and internal control.
  • Appointing the Chief Executive Officer, setting their performance objectives and remuneration (with Ministerial consent).

The successful candidates will contribute to the Board’s role in leading HSE, with the opportunity to influence the future direction of health and safety in Great Britain.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Helping lead the work of HSE by operating effectively as a Board Member and contributing to Board meetings and discussions;
  • Chairing or participating in the activities of Board Committees;
  • Maintaining effective working relationships with a broad range of networks and stakeholders;
  • Representing HSE externally, acting collectively in representing its decisions to stakeholders and the general public;
  • Acting as a mentor to HSE’s senior staff, particularly in their area of expertise;
  • Demonstrating a commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

We are seeking candidates with the right skills and abilities to complement the existing Board members. The successful candidates will need to demonstrate:

  • Ability to effectively contribute at Board level, think strategically and provide robust and reasoned challenge;
  • Ability to build positive, productive relationships, and communicate with a range of stakeholders;
  • An understanding of the economic and political environment within which the public sector operates;
  • Ability to champion change and learning, while helping the executive think through the risks and mitigations; and
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in what can be a sensitive and pressured area and be able to confidently defend those decisions under scrutiny.

For the Employee representative posts, we are also seeking:

  • Reputable or valued experience of representing workforce issues and evidence of current networks with employee or workforce organisations and/or current knowledge of workplace issues.

For the Employer representative post, we are also seeking:

  • Experience of representing employer issues and evidence of existing connections with groups that represent the interests of employers; and
  • Current experience or understanding of the operations of large technology or life/applied sciences industries, and the employer issues in these fields.

Desirable Criteria

The following criteria are also desirable:

  • Knowledge of health and safety issues, preferably in the workplace;
  • Experience of having worked in the private sector;
  • Strong on-going connections with stakeholders across Great Britain, particularly within Wales;
  • Understanding of risk and opportunities for commercial development; and
  • Experience of working in a regulatory environment.


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