Regulatory Horizons Council, Chair
|Body:||Regulatory Horizons Council|
|Appointing Department:||Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy|
|Sectors:||Business, Finance & Skills, Regulation, Science & Technology|
|Location:||The role is based in London, but we welcome applications from those based outside London but with the expectation they may need to travel to London periodically. Council Meetings are a combination of virtual and face to face meetings. Face to face meetings, where possible, are hosted in different locations across the UK, with the most recent Council meetings occurring in Oxfordshire and Newcastle.|
|Skills required:||Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Remuneration:||£480 per day for a time commitment of an expected three to four days per month with up to a total of 48 days per year, equating to up to £23,040 per year.|
|Time Requirements:||3 - 4 days per month with up to a total of 48 days per year|
Closed for Applications
End February 2022
Final Interview Date
March/April 2022 - TBC
The timeline for this campaign is indicative and may be subject to change. Please check the advert for any updates.
Director, Better Regulation Executive • Departmental Official
Regulatory Horizons Council, Chair • Representative of Organisation
Independent Panel Member • Independent Member
The Regulatory Horizons Council
A wave of technological innovation is creating new industries, disrupting existing ones and transforming the way things are made and the way we live. From AI-powered legal services to autonomous ships, new products, services and business models are emerging which don’t fit with existing regulatory systems. Following the White Paper on Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Government set up the Regulatory Horizons Council (RHC) to identify the implications of technological innovation with high potential benefit for the UK economy and society and advise the government on regulatory reform needed to support its rapid and safe introduction.
- scans the horizon for technological innovation and trends, building on existing work and data across departments and regulators;
- prioritises products, services and business models with high potential benefit for the UK economy and society;
- identifies broad areas of regulatory reform needed in order to facilitate the rapid and safe introduction of these products, services and business models;
- makes recommendations to government on broad priorities for regulatory reform, based on the potential benefit for the UK economy and society while protecting citizens and the environment; and
- monitors the government’s progress in delivering reforms that the Council has recommended and evaluating the impact of its recommendations.
‘Regulatory reform’ refers to all activities relating to the reform of regulation, including consulting, trialling, introduction, implementation and evaluation of legislation, rules and guidance by policymakers and regulators.
The Council’s prioritisations and recommendations are informed by strong evidence and expert advice. The Council works closely with departments, innovators and regulators in carrying out deep dives into areas of innovation.
The Council’s Work Thus Far
The Council was fully established in August 2020 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as an expert committee supported by a team of civil servants from the Better Regulation Executive.
The Council has recently produced reports with recommendations to government on the regulation of fusion energy, genetic technologies, medical devices, and drones. The reports have had a significant impact in informing policy thinking in these areas. For example, the government’s consultation on fusion energy explained that its proposals were informed by and strongly align with the recommendations of the RHC’s report on fusion energy.
The RHC is currently working on its second tranche of work, on the following areas of innovation:
- Pro-Innovation Principles for Regulation
- Hydrogen in Maritime
- AI as a Medical Device
The current membership of the council is as follows:
- Cathryn Ross (RHC Council Chair): Director for Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at Thames Water;
- Professor Alastair Denniston: Consultant Ophthalmologist, AI Theme Lead at Centre for Regulatory Science and Innovation, University of Birmingham;
- Dr Andy Greenfield: Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council’s Harwell Institute;
- Matt Ridley: Writer and Businessman, previously Science Editor at The Economist;
- Professor Joyce Tait: Professor and Co-Director at the Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh; and
- Dr Parag Vyas: Managing Director of Panitek Power Limited and the Director of PV10 Consult.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
It is important in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the essential selection criteria of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with you should you be invited for interview.
- Regulatory reform expert – Expertise in regulatory reform, in particular how it can be used to support the rapid and safe introduction of technological innovation.
- High levels of innovation and business knowledge – Including an understanding of current and future developments in the business-led innovation landscape and how to support the growth of technology to deliver better outcomes for the UK.
- Exceptional communicating and influencing skills and political awareness – With extensive experience of stakeholder engagement and proven ability to interact with, and tailor approaches to, varied stakeholders including ministers.
- Experienced leader and chair – With the ability to quickly earn trust and confidence as well as encourage debate and challenge, and resolve conflict in a constructive manner.
- Strategic agile vision – With the ability to set clear, forward-looking direction and make objective, open-minded strategic decisions, whilst staying adaptable.
The Council consists of its Chair and any members that are appointed. It is supported by the RHC team (‘the team’), consisting of employees of BEIS from within the Better Regulation Executive (BRE).
The RHC Chair is required to:
- Provide leadership of the Council, including development of the Council and ensure suitable structures are put in place to deliver strong and timely progress on the work programme, with appropriate review to ensure they are working effectively;
- Provide strategic leadership for the team and any relevant working groups;
- Oversee the delivery of the Council’s work, including reports to government with recommendations on regulatory reform;
- Propose future priorities for the work programme of the Council, to be agreed with the team;
- Coordinate and empower the Council members to provide input, harnessing their expertise, skills and experience and building consensus around the Council’s recommendations. If the Council members cannot achieve consensus for the recommendations, the Chair, in consultation with the team, will have the final say;
- Engage with and lead the debate on harnessing regulation to enable innovation that benefits the economy, citizens and the environment;
- Represent the Council in external engagement, building constructive relationships with top-level stakeholders across Government, public bodies including regulators, industry, civil society and academia; and
- Be the principal spokesperson for the Council in communications with the public and media.
Candidates must be confident that they can commit the necessary time to the role. They should create an agile direction and vision for the Council and gain the buy-in of the members, team, Ministers and other stakeholders. We are looking for someone who will support the rapidly growing profile of the RHC in order for the RHC to continue making an impact.
Members must comply at all times (including, where relevant, when taking up their appointment) with the code of practice and the ‘Code of conduct for board members of public bodies’, including the rules relating to the use of public funds and conflicts of interest.
This appointment is made under the principles of open competition. The successful candidate will be appointed initially for three years with an option to extend for another three but not beyond.
The successful candidate will take up their appointment at a mutually agreed date, although it is hoped that the new chair will be able to take up their role by July 2022.
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the role. To apply, please provide the following:
- A comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
- A supporting statement (maximum two sides A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out, with clear examples of how you meet the essential criteria as highlighted in the person specification.
- A completed Diversity Monitoring Form (included as part of the application form). All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way; you may select ‘Prefer not to say’ if you do not wish to answer any questions.
- A statement of conflicts of interest (included as part of the application form): if you, your spouse/partner, dependents, business partner or associate have any business interest or other activities which are or could be perceived as a conflict of interest with the role, you should declare this.
- Any reasonable adjustments you would require if successfully invited to interview (included as part of the application form).
- The name and contact details of two referees who we will only contact upon acceptance of an invitation to interview. By providing the details of two referees you are consenting to us approaching them in this way (included as part of the application form).
To make an application please email your CV and supporting statement to RegulatoryHorizonsCouncil@beis.gov.uk by 11pm on 6 February 2022 and complete the Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form. Please complete this form by 11pm on 6 February 2022.
Late applications will not be accepted. Please ensure your application includes all of information required and is tailored to the criteria, as failure to do so could reduce the chances of your application being successful.
If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact RegulatoryHorizonsCouncil@beis.gov.uk.
Feedback on Application
Due to the high number of applications expected for this post, please note that feedback will only be provided to candidates if they have had an interview.
Assessments will be held in London or virtually and will include a formal presentation to an interview panel followed by Q and A and interview questions relating to the criteria specified. Further details of this will be provided should you successfully reach the interview stage
Diversity and Equality of Opportunity
We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.
Arrangements for candidates with a disability: As a Disability Confident leader, we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the post. More details on the criteria can be found in this pack. If you wish to apply through the Disability Confident scheme, you will need to tick that option on the Diversity Monitoring form that you will submit alongside your application.
Adjustments: All candidates are entitled to request reasonable adjustments at any stage of the application process. If you would like to discuss reasonable adjustments prior to submitting your application, please contact RegulatoryHorizonsCouncil@beis.gov.uk to discuss further.
|RHC Chair - Candidate Pack - Jan 2022|
This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.