UK Health Security Agency: Non-Executive Member / Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Body: UK Health Security Agency
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £13137 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/08/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

UKHSA Non-Executive Members (NEMs) will be appointed to provide independent and constructive challenge to enable the Board to achieve its responsibilities. All NEMs must be independent of management and able to allocate sufficient time to the Board to discharge their responsibilities effectively. This includes ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are always observed and ensuring that the Agency operates in an open, accountable, and responsive way.

As a NEM, you will:

  • Contribute to the development of the Agency’s strategic direction and strategic objectives, considering your own understanding of the external environment that could impact on the achievement of these objectives.
  • Contribute to the governance of the Agency by ensuring that independent oversight is maintained on the Agency’s operational effectiveness, patient engagement, risk management, financial efficiency and working relationship with key stakeholders.
  • Monitor the overall performance of the Agency and advise UKHSA’s Executive on the delivery of the agreed strategic imperatives and business plan objectives.
  • Become an active and constructive member of at least one of the four UKHSA Board Committees and take on at least one special interest role, so that the Board can benefit from independent, specialist expertise built outside the Agency.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Agency always and help connect the Agency with stakeholders in other organisations when appropriate. Individual NEMs may be asked to represent the Agency in external meetings in some situations, but only with the prior agreement of both the Chair and the Chief Executive.
  • Identify any matters that may adversely affect the reputation or public trust in the Agency’s work, through a broad understanding of the wider UK and international environment in which the Agency operates.
  • Act as a “critical friend” by providing independent counsel, support, and constructive challenge to members of the Executive Committee without straying into the day-to-day management of the organisation.

For further information please see the attached candidate information pack.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills, and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

  • A career track record of achievement, including in a significant senior financial role in either the private or public sector, with a professional background in accountancy or a related discipline, and experience of assurance, risk management and the work of audit committees.
  • An ability to operate effectively on the board of a significant national organisation, with the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, and conduct.
  • Demonstrable interest in the work of the UKHSA, and particularly in the development of new and improved methods of prevention, detection and response to infectious diseases and other threats to the nation’s health.
  • Excellent communication skills, sound judgement, and demonstrable experience of strategic thinking, with the ability to scrutinise and challenge complex proposals constructively.

Additional Information

COVID-19 is the biggest health and economic challenge that our nation has ever faced – no one predicted it nor the scale at which it has tested us all.

UKHSA has been set up to provide health security for the nation by protecting from infectious disease and external hazards.  It will need to act like no other organisation previously to mitigate threats to health before they materialise.  This will build the nation’s health resilience and security, strengthening its ability to detect and monitor infectious disease and external threats to health.  Going deeper to analyse threats to health and how best to prevent and control with a robust evidence and knowledge base. UKHSA will take action to mitigate threats to health when they materialise, ensuring it has a system-wide response in partnership with the UK’s Devolved Administrations, local authorities, NHS, academia, and industry.

UKHSA will have a strong role in global health security, and excellence in scientific and intellectual leadership.  This new organisation will drive a step change in data systems, data architecture and analytics to enable much better surveillance of all hazards, both on a domestic and global scale.  It is critical that the UKHSA has operational excellence at its core – it needs to be agile, innovative, and flexible, with the ability to mobilise and scale both its own and the system’s resources as required.  This will be a trusted source of advice to government and to the public, having strong relationships across local and national government, the NHS, and global partners.  For UKHSA to be truly successful, it will need to tackle the inequalities that exist in health and ensure there is constant focus on really making a difference.

Diversity at UKHSA is about reflecting the communities we serve, holding the principles of equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do and all that we stand for, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together.  We aim to foster a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work, feel included and their talents are nurtured, empowering them to contribute fully to our purpose.

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to provide:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae, which includes contact details for you and referees, and details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and any relevant publications or awards.
  2. A Supporting Statement, setting out how you meet the criteria for appointment as set out in the person specification for the role and providing details on any potential conflicts of interest or reputational issues.
  3. A Monitoring form, which includes different sections covering diversity information, conflicts of interest, standards in public life, whether you would like reasonable adjustments to be made to support your application and whether you wish to apply under the Disability Confident Scheme. Please note that whilst the form must be completed in full, you can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer regarding your diversity characteristics. The information you provide on your characteristics will not be used as part of the assessment process and will not be seen by the assessment panel.

Completed applications should be submitted to – please quote ref: VAC-1819 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email, please contact Karen Dinsdale on 0113 2545414

Applications must be received by midday on Tuesday 16th August 2022.


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

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