Regulatory Policy Committee, Chair

Body: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £500 per day
Time Requirements: 2 days per week


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

Stephen Gibson was appointed as Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee on 4 May 2021.

Date: 04/05/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Pre-Appointment Hearing


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Formed in 2009, and a BEIS Non-departmental Public Body (NDPB) since 2012, the RPC’s role is to provide Government with external, independent scrutiny of proposed new regulatory and deregulatory measures. It assesses the quality of evidence and analysis used by departments to inform their regulatory proposals, and by doing so, helps ensure that the Government produces better regulatory outcomes for businesses, civil society, charities and other non-government organisations.

The RPC is accountable to Parliament through the BEIS Permanent Secretary and to the BEIS Secretary of State and through the Department’s Principal Accounting Officer in respect of its use of public funds.

A link to the RPC’s webpages on can be found here:

Role specification

To lead a committee of independent members, who provide robust and objective advice to government, parliament, and the wider public regarding the quality of evidence and analysis supporting decisions on proposed changes to legislation that impact or regulate businesses.

Your role as a chair of the RPC is to:

  • Lead and improve the capability of the RPC and its Secretariat in scrutinising and assessing the quality of evidence used to support decisions on regulatory proposals.
  • Lead the Committee, which works closely with its Secretariat, in providing expert, independent advice to Ministers on the quality of analysis and evidence that underpins specific policy proposals and on post-implementation reviews – in accordance with guidance provided by the responsible minister or sponsor department.
  • Lead the Committee and its Secretariat on its work to become a centre of excellence for regulatory impact assessments.
  • Lead the Committee’s engagement with stakeholders – businesses and representatives of business groups and wider civil society – to understand the impact of regulations and internationally identify and share best practice.
  • Engage with parliament, ministers and senior leaders across Whitehall on the role of the RPC in the wider agenda of better regulation, including how this may be modified in order to support the Government’s policy objectives, for example assessing the impact of regulatory proposals on net zero targets, or the potential impacts of proposed trade agreements.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement and proven ability to interact with and tailor approach to varied stakeholders; successful candidate must develop credible working relationships with ministers, senior officials and a wide range of external stakeholders and be an effective advocate for the RPC.
  • Experienced leader with proven ability to quickly earn the trust and confidence of multiple groups simultaneously; successful candidate must work closely both with other members of the Committee and with the Secretariat.
  • Ability to develop strategy and provide strategic direction; successful candidate must ensure the RPC fulfils its mission and help further improve the quality of evidence analysis used in policy making.
  • Strong understanding of economic and other analysis used in the decision making and evaluation necessary to create policy; successful candidate must, develop an overarching evidence base to facilitate informed engagement
  • Strong influencing and communication skills, including the ability to effectively chair meetings as well as encourage debate and challenge, and resolve conflict in a constructive manner.
  • Broad experience of the regulatory framework and the impact of regulation on business and/or voluntary organisations gained from at least one of the following areas:
    • a private sector organisation.
    • a public sector organisation, with involvement in regulatory services;
    • an academic institution or think tank with a focus on regulation; and/or
    • a voluntary organisation.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please

The closing date for applications is 25/10/2020 at 23:00. Late applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information
If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided at that stage.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, you can contact the BEIS Campaign Manager, Methun Mandhra at

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

RPC Chair Candidate Pack
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