Road Expert Panel

Body: Office of Rail and Road
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Regulation, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: Members of the panel will be remunerated on a 'fees for service' basis at a daily rate of £1,000 pro-rata for panel meetings. Panel discussions will usually be no more than a half day with a maximum of 4 meetings per year.
Time Requirements: The panel will normally meet a maximum of four times a year (although additional meetings could be called to discuss specific issues). Meetings will normally be held at our head office in London and will be chaired by ORR. Our London office is currently in Holborn, but we will be moving to Canary Wharf in September 2019. On occasion meetings may be held at different locations. We will produce agendas and meeting notes to be published on our website.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 24 June 2019

  • Announcement

    pending security checks

Vacancy Description

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is a non-ministerial government department, with its duties and responsibilities as the combined safety and economic regulator of Britain’s railways and monitor of Highways England set down in statute.

ORR is seeking to appoint members to a new Road Expert Panel with effect from 31 July 2019. The role of the panel is to provide advice and support to ORR’s work as Highways Monitor. It will complement the role of ORR’s existing consumer expert panel, and freight customer panel.

ORR’s Road Expert Panel will:

  • have a wide range of experience and expertise to help us understand the issues affecting the operation, maintenance and enhancement of roads, and in particular the strategic road network;
  • help ORR to ensure its policies and decisions benefit from a sound understanding of the highways sector and are effective in delivering positive change;
  • be advisory, helping us to deliver better outcomes for road users by providing wider context on the assessment of performance and efficiency and advising us on users’ and service providers’ interests or issues; and
  • complement existing relationships with organisations representing highways infrastructure and road users.

The panel’s work programme will be flexible to respond to ORR’s business need and could range from informing our business planning to providing an expert forum in which to test and inform ORR-led research studies.

Members of the Road Expert Panel are non-ministerial appointments made by ORR. Recruitment will follow the principles of public appointments as set out in the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Panel members will be appointed in an individual capacity (institutional memberships are not being sought).

Person Specification

We are looking to recruit a diverse panel with a wide range of skills and experience.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate one or more of the experience and skills listed below:

  • Understanding of measuring performance and efficiency of delivering operational maintenance, renewals and enhancements schemes
  • Experience of highway infrastructure asset management and/or road design and maintenance standards
  • Experience of highways sector contracts and procurement
  • Experience of highways supply chain, resourcing and materials
  • Knowledge and expertise in road safety and/or H&S within the construction industry
  • Experience in research and development of innovation and technology within the highways sector
  • Experience of matters affecting road stakeholders and road users
  • Experience of road haulage and knowledge of matters affecting the movement of freight by road
  • Knowledge and experience of environmental considerations in the maintenance of roads and delivery of schemes
  • Experience either as an academic or research professional in the transport sector – in particular, candidates with an interest in international benchmarking studies in the transport sector
  • Candidates should also be able to listen and challenge in a constructive manner, providing an objective and independent point of view whilst at the same time building a positive and open relationship with the Highways Monitor.

It would also be desirable for panel members to have

  • A relevant professional qualification
  • A good understanding of the government environment and regulatory/monitor issues
  • Knowledge of other publicly owned infrastructure

Additional Information

From time to time we may wish to draw upon the expertise of individual members of the panel, or small sub-groups, to supply think pieces, critical reviews of existing ORR positions or remedies or other bespoke work. Any such work will be discussed and agreed with you.

How to Apply

The appointment will be made following interview.

We are looking for the successful candidates to be in post from 31 July 2019 and we expect the appointment to be until 1 November 2020. One reappointment may be made.

If you would like further information about the role, please contact Richard Coates, Deputy Director, Highways, email or telephone 020 7282 2166

How to apply:

If you are interested in the role then please email with the following:

  • a personal statement, indicating how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role (outline above); and
  • an up to date copy of your CV.

Alternatively, you can post your application to:

Richard Coates

Office of Rail and Road

One Kemble Street

London WC2B 4AN


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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