Vehicle Certification Agency, Non-Executive Director

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sector: Transport
Location: Bristol with some travel to other VCA locations in the UK required
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £10,750 pa, with an extra £3000 if you are asked to chair a committee.
Time Requirements: Up to 25 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Late Oct-Early Nov 2020

  • Final Interview Date

    November 2020

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Clive Scrivener Added 07/09/2020

    Panel Chair

    Non-Executive Chair, Vehicle Certification Agency • Representative of Organisation

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  • Helen McGill/Richard Thomas Added 07/09/2020

    Deputy Directors, Motoring Services Agency Sponsorship • Departmental Official

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  • Michael Luger Added 07/09/2020

    Non-Executive Director, Office of Rail and Road • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We are already an incredibly diverse organisation but we are committed to actively build on this further. We believe that by being a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone is valued, we are more motivated, higher performing and more committed to our team.

VCA is the designated UK Vehicle Type Approval authority and, with approaching 40 years of experience, we support industry by providing internationally recognised testing and certification for new road vehicles, agricultural tractors, off-road vehicles and their systems and components. With the rapid progress of new technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles, this is an exciting time to join the VCA Board as we continue to modernise, transform and build a highly skilled, flexible workforce that will enable us to remain one of the most respected vehicle certification agencies in the world.

We are seeking one Non-Executive Director to join our Board. As a Board member you will use your experience and expertise to provide support and challenge to our Executive Team and play a vital role in the strategic and operational leadership of the organisation. As the Agency recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and looks ahead to the UK’s future relationship with the European Union and the future opportunities for the automotive industry, the role of the Board is more pivotal than ever.

Person Specification

We welcome applicants with substantial experience as a Non-Executive Director and who have been an Audit Committee member or Chair. In addition to your Non-Executive Director responsibilities, you will take on the role of Chair of the VCA Audit Committee, which provides oversight of the Agency’s internal controls and financial reporting and audit processes.

As we are one of the smallest Arm’s Length Bodies of the Department for Transport, you will be familiar with how small or medium sized organisations operate and will have experience of leading strategic change processes.

We welcome all applications, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, social background, religious beliefs, ethnicity or age. For more information about the role, please see the candidate pack.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please email your application to using the reference ‘VCA Non-Executive Director’ in the subject line.

You will be required to submit the following:

• A comprehensive CV setting out your career history and including relevant details of any professional qualifications.

• A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum size 11 font) giving evidence of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the areas identified in the person specification.

• In addition, please also complete and return via email the supporting documentation forms relating to referees, diversity, nationality, political activity and conflicts of interest.

VCA NED Candidate Pack
Disability Confident form
Supporting Documentation form

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