Service Justice Board (SJB) / Service Justice Executive Group (SJEG) Non Executive Directors (NED) - Member x 2

Body: Service Justice Board (SJB) / Service Justice Executive Group (SJEG)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Defence, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London (occasional travel in the UK)
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, HR, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Day Travel and Subsistence claims only
Time Requirements: Up to Two SJB and four SJEG meetings per year, plus reading in time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/02/2022 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    also on 21/03/2022

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • The Service Justice Board (SJB) and Service Justice Executive Group (SJEG) are seeking two NEDs to provide independent support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of improvements to the Service Justice system.  The successful candidates will be highly effective senior leaders in their own organisations, either already operating at Board level or with clear potential to do so.  
  • The SJB brings together Ministers and senior leaders from across the SJS. The Board promotes a collaborative approach to drive forward a work programme through the SJEG, whilst maintaining and respecting the independence of the offices of those represented within their membership.  
  • Providing scrutiny, governance and strategic leadership grounded in board level experience, you will bring a successful track record of leadership in complex customer focused environments.  To complement our existing Board, we are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who bring recent experience in transformation in either the private or public sector*. 

(* Please note a person cannot be appointed as a Board Member if he or she is currently employed in the civil service of the state.) 

Person Specification

  • To be a confident leader in your field and experienced in dealing with senior people in large organisations. 
  • Exceptional communication skills, a high level of personal impact, the ability to provide constructive and independent challenge and support to the Board/Group. 
  • Ability to demonstrate the function of the SJB “being held to account”. The SJS should be held to account and seen to be held to account by adopting effective challenge and “group questioning” (Chilcott inquiry).  
  • The capacity to bring a fresh, external view to decision-making. 
  • Ability to understand and deal with issues of a sensitive nature within the organisations. 
  • Ability to seek, challenge and analyse a range of complex information to reach practical decisions and to think strategically. 
  • Provide independent, challenge, advice and support Chair and Executive through attendance at Board and ad hoc submissions. 
  • Represent a broad and diverse range people who may interact with the SJS. Assist the SJB/SJEG in its aim to support under-represented groups in the SJS.  
  • Share best practice from your background/research that can be adapted for the SJS. 
  • Demonstrable commitment to valuing diversity and the ability to be objective and open minded. 
  • Provide input through formal and informal meetings, including telephone and electronic communication. You may be asked to read and comment on draft documents as well as producing your own presentations when appropriate.  
  • NEDs will be required to handle any papers including notes of meetings with discretion. If any protectively marked documents are shared with members, guidance on document handling will be provided and must be followed. Meetings will be at least biannual for SJB and quarterly for the SJEG.  
  •  An understanding of the public sector is not essential but would be advantageous. 
  • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity, with a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life.

Additional Information


  • The SJS is a collection of bodies with varying degrees of independence and is a mechanism for dealing with service offences and criminal conduct offences carried out by those subject to Service law. It does not extend to administrative action or any other process undertaken by the Services in their role akin to being an employer. 
  • The SJS is a fully-fledged justice system. Commanding Officers operate a summary system for certain offences. More serious service offences and criminal offences are investigated by the operationally independent service police and prosecuted by the independent Service Prosecuting Authority before the Court Martial. The independence of the constituent parts is crucial in being able to guarantee the system’s compliance with domestic and international legal requirements of a justice system e.g. Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  
  • The Secretary of State for Defence is the Ministerial owner of the SJS.  The Permanent Secretary, as the most senior civil servant in MOD, supports the Secretary of State for Defence in their functions and provides assurance to Ministers that the SJS is working effectively. The Permanent Secretary is also a member of the Defence Council.   
  • The SJB and SJEG are the delivery mechanisms for driving good governance. The SJB provides strategic leadership, identifies risks to adapt to changes in the environment, drives performance, and performs an advisory function. The relevant policy teams, mindful of the SJB’s views, advise Ministers in advance of decision making.    
  • The SJEG is the working level forum. Its function is to respond to the SJB’s direction, seek management information5 and ensure that the SJB’s agreed agenda is taken forward.    
  • Membership of the SJB and SJEG encompasses individuals who have independent status. Therefore, both the SJB and SJEG continue to respect the independence of its membership whilst collectively ensuring that the SJS operates effectively.    
  • The SJB ensures that the organisations represented within the SJS are appropriately enabled to make an effective contribution to the maintenance of Operational Effectiveness.  This entails taking steps to assure, among other things, public confidence in the SJS, the importance of the Chain of Command in overseeing the disciplinary function, and the confidence of those subject to Service discipline. To deliver a fair and transparent SJS the needs of victims, and witnesses must be taken into account and reflected in the procedural process as well as the interests and rights of the defendants.  
  • Minister for Defence People and Veterans chairs the SJB with the Permanent Secretary as member of the board. The Secretariat is provided by a team within Chief of Defence People’s organisation. The Chief of Defence People chairs the SJEG. The Secretariat distributes any papers for the group a week before meetings. Summaries of meetings and remote discussions via email and telephone will be made available to members and to wider audiences on occasion where appropriate. There is no remuneration attached to membership, albeit travel and subsistence will be provided where appropriate.  

How to Apply

To apply please read the attached Candidate Information pack then submit the following documents by email to FAO of Jeni Parsons quoting reference number 46804_SJB/SJEG_NED_MEMBER.

  • Expression of Interest form
  • Diversity Monitoring Form
  • Current CV

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

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