Port of Tyne - Chair

Body: Port of Tyne
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sector: Transport
Location: Tyne
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £52, 000 per annum
Time Requirements: 1 day per week


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

The Port of Tyne in North East England has appointed Lucy Armstrong as its new Chair.

Date: 18/07/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews held over two days (2 and 9 June 2017)

  • Announcement

    18/07/2017 at 09:00

Interview dates are indicative


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Port of Tyne are inviting applications to become the next Chair and succeed the incumbent, who steps down at the end of June 2017. The new Chair will provide the strong leadership needed to lead and develop a cohesive, dynamic and effective Board, the majority of which comprises non-executive directors with a variety of backgrounds including those drawn from the North East region and maritime related industries.

The Board supports and challenges the executive team in meeting the Port of Tyne’s role as a strategically important international gateway, ensures the continuing commercial success of the Port while contributing to the local economy, and sustains the highest standards of safety and security for the benefit of Port customers and users.

In addition, the Chair will lead the development of the Port’s strategy, including developing long term investment plans to ensure that the Port continues to support the needs of its customers and can meet growing demand. The Chair is responsible for developing the Port’s relationship with a wide range of stakeholders at international, national and local levels.

The appointment of the Chair of the Port of Tyne is made by the Secretary of State for Transport.

The successful candidate will have gained wide and relevant business experience at a senior level in an organisation of comparable scale and profile. The new Chair will also be able to demonstrate a track record at main Board level of successful leadership and representing an organisation in an environment which has complex stakeholder groups at international, national and local levels. The Chair will meet regularly with Ministers to discuss the Port’s performance and strategic plans so an ability to work at this level with political awareness is essential.

Key responsibilities:

Chairing the Board. The Chair leads and manages the business of the Board to provide clear direction, cohesion and focus. He or she sets the agenda, style and tone of Board discussions to promote open debate and effective decision-making. The Chair will be responsible for ensuring that the Board provides the appropriate degree of constructive challenge to the management team and assists the organisation’s continued strength and success. The Chair will also be responsible for shaping and developing the Board to ensure that it has the skills necessary to support the Port.

Working in partnership with the Chief Executive. The Chair must establish a positive, supportive relationship with the Chief Executive, and with other senior members of the management team. Developing and counselling the management team and acting as a trusted sounding Board will be a key element of the role.

Business Performance. The Chair leads the Board in overseeing delivery of the required business performance and in ensuring that actions and plans are aligned with a coherent long term strategy. He or she will ensure that the Board contributes fully to agreeing the strategic direction and will make certain that the Board has sufficient and appropriate information to monitor performance effectively. He or she will also ensure that strong levels of strategic direction, customer focus, employee engagement, commercial performance and technical excellence are sustained and developed.

Governance. The Port of Tyne seeks to apply all appropriate corporate governance best practices, including best practice for trust ports as set out in Department for Transport guidance. It also has regard to the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code, the Turnbull Report and the UK Corporate Governance Code. The Chair should ensure that Board committees are properly structured and supported and that the Authority is robustly and rigorously governed. It is important that the organisations internal controls, audit, risk management and health and safety processes are not only highly effective, open and transparent but seen to be so.

Ambassadorial role. It will be part of the Chair’s role, in consultation with the Chief Executive, to represent the Port with key stakeholders, including Port customers and users, Government bodies, local communities and a very wide range of interested organisations.


Person Specification

The Port seeks a Chair who will bring demonstrable leadership, rigour and independence to the role as well as personal commitment and integrity. He/she will have excellent Board leadership skills and experience, and the ability to develop trusted relationships. The Chair will be a good communicator and be approachable, accessible and flexible as well as capable of interacting at all levels. He/she should also have a natural interest and affinity with the economy of the North East.

The Chair will have stature, political awareness and gravitas to represent the Port in a complex stakeholder environment, including relationships with national and local Government, local community groups and other interested parties. The Chair will lead the Board and manage relationships with the executive team, bringing immediate credibility and authority to the role. He/she will additionally offer a good understanding of Boardroom dynamics and be an adept facilitator of effective Board meetings.

Operational experience of running a port is not essential. However, the Chair should possess or be able to quickly develop an understanding of operational issues and investment issues likely to be faced both by the Port and its customers and quickly develop a feel for the River Tyne and the diverse range of stakeholders that it serves.

It is likely that the successful candidate will have previously gained experience at senior levels in an organisation or organisations of comparable complexity, profile and prominence. Those organisations should be of good standing and espouse the principles of good governance. The Port seeks individuals who are commercially and strategically shrewd. It is critical that the Chair will be an engaged Board member who takes an active interest in the business between Board meetings.


Additional Information

All Board and Committee meetings are generally held at the head office of the Port of Tyne in South Shields.

The appointment will initially be for three years. The appointment may be renewed subject to performance and approval by the Secretary of State.


How to Apply

The preferred method of application is online at www.odgersberndtson.com/61457

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to 61457@odgersberndtson.com

All applications will receive an automated response. If you have not received an acknowledgement within five working days please contact Callie Foster on 020 7518 2689.

Please attach with your online application:

  • A full CV
  • A covering note of no more than two pages (total) summarising your abilities related to the candidate specifications.

A DfT Application Form/Screening Questionnaire, which is available to download at www.odgersberndtson.com/61457, must also be completed and emailed separately to: Fiona.Pearson@dft.gsi.gov.uk.


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