Non-Executive Director

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Southampton, with travel to other MCA sites

  • Location

    Southampton, with travel to other MCA sites

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £11,000 (up to 24 days per annum)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    07 May 2019

  • Client

    Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Ref: GSe53018

With a history stretching back almost 200 years, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the cornerstone of government’s work with one of our most important transport sectors.  An Executive Agency sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT), we work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea, produce legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provide certification to ships and seafarers. We also provide a 24/7 maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast, and international search and rescue, through HM Coastguard. We are the only UK-wide emergency services organisation, and our team of around 1,000 staff and 3,500 volunteers makes a vital contribution to the UK’s economic wellbeing, public safety, and international reputation.

The MCA has a long and distinguished past, but a dynamic and challenging present and future. As such, the organisation is looking to appoint a Non-Executive Director who will embrace the challenge of providing a high-quality service while adapting to the changing needs and commercial imperatives of the global shipping sector. As an independent member of the MCA Board, the MCA Sponsorship Board, and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, you will lean on your commercial nous, excellent judgement, and outstanding leadership credentials to constructively challenge and support as needed. Major projects and programmes will benefit from your knowledge and experience as well as organisational and necessary to meet the challenges ahead. 

Financially qualified, you have successfully led at Director level or equivalent in a substantial, complex business. Change management has featured strongly in your career, especially technologically enabled change, and technology will, ideally, have sat within your portfolio, too. Confident, charismatic, and credible, your relationship management and communication skills are impeccable, and you will have a track record of challenging executive colleagues in a constructive and insightful way. Prior track record as a non-executive would be helpful, and the MCA welcomes applications with transferable skills and experience from sectors outside shipping. Candidates from the private sector will have the intellectual horsepower to adapt to new financial and commercial practices in a public sector context.

Closing DateTuesday 7th May
Longlist Meetingw/c Monday 13th May
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySandersonfrom w/c Monday 13th May
Shortlist Meetingw/c Monday 27th May
Informal Conversationsfrom w/c Monday 27th May
Final Interviewsw/c Monday 3rd or 10th June
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation by Tuesday 7th May 

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria set out in the person specification. Please note that the statement of suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way. This is an online form which will appear automatically once you submit your application.

Also, if relevant please submit:

  • A Guaranteed Interview Scheme form for disabled persons.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours please email  

If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact Michael Dobson on 07891 142 325 or Jemima Dalgliesh on 07393 013 066 at GatenbySanderson.

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2019.docx
Contact details
Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298