Chair, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Ministry of Defence

Porton Down, [Wiltshire]

  • Location

    Porton Down, [Wiltshire]

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £28,000 for 30 days per annum

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    11 March 2019

  • Client

    Ministry of Defence

Ref: GSe50006

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Our highly-skilled 4,000-strong workforce is committed to providing sensitive and specialist science and technology research, advice and analysis for MoD and the wider UK government. Our context is exciting and demanding, with continuing globalisation and the rapid development and emergence of new technologies, against a against a backdrop of ongoing shifts in economic and military power, all influencing our customers and, by extension, Dstl. We play a central role helping MoD respond in a rapidly evolving and complex setting, and our advice to the Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser and other MoD stakeholders makes a major contribution to keeping our country safe.

Our current Chair is standing down after six years’ successful stewardship of our large and complex organisation, and we are now seeking a successor to continue leading the Board in overseeing its important delivery programme and in developing the organisation’s capabilities. The new Chair and their board colleagues will work constructively with each other and with the executive team, drawing out their individual and collective strengths to enhance the quality and effectiveness of strategic decision-making and operational delivery.  It is an exciting yet challenging time for Dstl, driving efficiencies in the business, the absorption of the activities of the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science & Technology into Dstl laboratories and significant IT infrastructure renewals being two of the key short- to mid-term challenges facing the organisation. The new Chair will lead the Dstl Board to meet these, and undoubtedly many others, during their tenure, ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role.

You are an experienced non-executive with first-rate leadership and influencing skills who can point to a track record applying your excellent judgement, analytical and decision-making abilities to complex bodies and their wider contexts. A sophisticated operator, you are credible, representing a complex organisation at the highest levels and can point to a range of skills that will render you an effective ambassador for DSTL across the rich and diverse ecosystem in which our work takes place. You will have proven experience building and maintaining effective relationships with a wide array of stakeholders which will stand you in good stead with the key players in the government, industry and academic communities. You will also bring a successful track record supporting and challenging Chief Executives and their executive colleagues in the appropriate measures, and will be able to demonstrate robust understanding of the governance arrangements of large and complex organisations and ideally, of customer focus too.

Closing DateMonday 11th March 2019
Long List Meetingw/c 18th March
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySandersonw/c 25th March
Short List Meetingw/c 8th April
Final Panel Interviewsw/c 15th April
How to Apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • a comprehensive CV
  • a detailed supporting statement (ideally no more than two pages) that demonstrates your suitability against the criteria as set out in the person specification.

Please also ensure you have completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on this site. This form can be seen once your CV and supporting statement have been submitted. The information on the form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 11th March 2019.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, our advising consultants, Mark Turner on Michael Dobson on 07891 142 325, or Jemima Dalgliesh on 07393 013 066.

GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

Contact details
Jemima Dalgliesh: 07393 013 066

Mark Turner: 020 7426 3983

Matt Malone: 0113 205 6063