Office for the Internal Market - Panel Chair & CMA Non-Executive Director

Body: Competition and Markets Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Regulation
Location: The CMA has offices in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Where travel is required expenses will be reimbursed.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £27,000 per year for work undertaken as a Non-Executive Director of the CMA and a separate £400/day fee for work as OIM Panel Chair. Remuneration and expenses are taxable. 
Time Requirements: Approximately 3 days per month on your role as a Non-Executive Director of the CMA and approximately 30 days per year as on work as the OIM Panel Chair, but this will be dependent on case load.


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

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has appointed Murdoch MacLennan as the first Chair of the Office for the Internal Market Panel for a five year term. He has also appointed Mr MacLennan as a Non-Executive Director of the Competition and Markets Authority, also for a five year term.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    September 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    December 2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Office for the Internal Market (OIM) is being created following the passage of the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020. Established within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Act places a duty onto the new body to carry out a set of independent advisory, monitoring, and reporting functions to support the development and effective operation of the UK internal market on an ongoing basis. Once set up later this year, the OIM will analyse the health of the UK internal market and report to the UK Parliament and the devolved legislatures.

At the highest level, the OIM will be guided by and must have regard to the clear objective set out within the Act, which is to support, through the application of economic and other technical expertise, the effective operation of the internal market in the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom, consumers, and those with an interest in its operation.

The OIM will deliver:

  • The provision of non-binding economic and technical reporting and advice: if requested by an administration, the OIM will provide non-binding and expert advice on the potential economic impact of proposed regulations on the UK internal market.
  • Proactive and reactive monitoring: the OIM will undertake macro-level reporting on the health, functioning, and evolution of the UK internal market on an annual basis. In addition to this, it will provide sectoral and regional monitoring and reporting, and periodic system monitoring of the Market Access Principles, including any interaction between and impact of common framework agreements on the operation of the internal market at least once every five years. The provision of this monitoring by the OIM will ensure that emerging trends and developments are identified, and the economic impact of regulations on the UK internal market can be independently assessed.

The OIM will carry out these functions equally in relation to all administrations to support a UK internal market that works equally in the interests of all parts of the UK.

In addition, and consistent with the CMA’s existing powers, the OIM will have a power to proactively gather information from businesses, consumers, and public bodies to support its advisory, monitoring and reporting functions. This will allow reports and monitoring to be based on timely, rigorous, and accurate evidence.

The Chair will lead the work of the OIM Panel by:

  • Providing effective leadership and strategic direction to form a cohesive and focused Panel following its creation, enabling a high standard of discussion and debate, helping to steer the advice and reporting given by facilitating collaborative working including through working effectively with the OIM staff team.
  • Overseeing the delivery of expert and independent advice to the four administrations and legislatures on the potential impact of proposed regulatory changes on the UK internal market, constituting and leading task groups where necessary.
  • Participating in and chairing OIM task groups as necessary.
  • Overseeing the proactive and reactive monitoring and reporting on the health of the UK internal market, including trends and developments across sectors and regions.
  • Ensuring the OIM can carry out its statutory functions, supported by market intelligence from UK businesses, professionals, and consumers.
  • Representing the OIM Panel on the CMA Board; and
  • Representing the OIM Panel in the public sphere, being the spokesperson for its work across UK Government, in Parliament and the three Devolved Administrations and legislatures.

The Chair of the OIM Panel will, by virtue of their appointment, also be appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the CMA. In this capacity, the Chair of the OIM Panel will work with other CMA Board members to:

  • Ensure that the CMA fulfils its statutory duties and functions and that the principles of good corporate governance are observed.
  • Establish the overall strategic direction of the CMA within the policy framework laid down under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, setting organisational priorities including through the annual plan process.
  • Scrutinise the CMA’s performance in meeting its goals, including through annual performance and concurrency reports.
  • Support and constructively challenge the executive team.
  • Ensure that the CMA maintains a sound system of financial control and makes appropriate use of public funds while having regard for the opinions and reports of the CMA Accounting Officer.
  • Decide to publish market study notices and whether to refer a market for a more detailed investigation (i.e. “Phase 2 investigation”).
  • Make rules of procedure for merger reference groups, market reference groups, and special reference groups.
  • Foster productive relationships with key stakeholders, making the case for sound competition and consumer protection practices.
  • Ensure policies are in place to manage risks to the CMA’s operations and the achievement of its objectives; and
  • Support the CMA’s strong commitment to respect, equality of opportunity, diversity of skills and experience and public service values.

Person Specification

In this instance, you must demonstrate the essential criteria required for both the Panel Chair and Non-Executive Director roles.

Essential criteria – Panel Chair

  • Your application must demonstrate substantial evidence of achievement in the following areas:
  • Experienced leader with proven ability to quickly earn the trust and confidence of multiple groups simultaneously.
  • Exceptional communication skills including extensive experience of stakeholder engagement and a proven ability to interact with and tailor approach to varied stakeholders at a senior level.
  • Ability to develop strategy and provide strategic direction.
  • Strong understanding of relevant economic indicators and analytical approaches to developing and evaluating regulation.
  • Ability to take sound and reasonable decisions while maintaining independence of thought and judgement.
  • Broad experience of regulatory frameworks across the UK and impact of regulation on business, professionals, and consumers, including within one or more of the goods, services, or professional qualifications sectors.

Essential criteria – CMA Non-Executive Director 

To be suitable for appointment as a Non-Executive Director of the CMA, your application must also demonstrate substantial evidence of achievement in the following areas:

  • The ability to challenge constructively, scrutinise advice and question received wisdom.
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Exceptional influencing skills.
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with others at a senior level, including organisational leaders and board members.
  • The ability to maintain independence of thought and judgement.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • A strong commitment to equal opportunities, diversity of skills and experience.

Additional Information

If you are shortlisted, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

Please note feedback will not be provided after the shortlisting stage. Only candidates who attend an interview will be provided with feedback.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided closer to the time.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

Successful candidates will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC).

How to Apply

Your application is submitted in two parts.

Both parts must be submitted by 11pm on 5 September 2021 in order for your application to be considered complete. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability

  • You must submit one document which contains both a statement of suitability/cover letter and your CV. Your statement of suitability must be no longer than four pages and your CV must be no longer than two pages. The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. In this instance, you must demonstrate the essential criteria required for both the Panel Chair and Non-Executive Director roles. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the es
  • Save the document as ‘Surname, First initial – URN 431 – OIM
  • Send to with ‘URN 431 – OIM’ in the subject heading.

Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form.

  • Complete this form
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