Non-Executive Director (Finance)

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

    09 March 2020

  • Client

    Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Ref: GSe60463

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 and have made significant strides in the technology and assets available to us enabling us to enhance our capability considerably. 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 with an ambitious and innovative transformational change vision. We are 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 sector in which we operate.  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 our strategic leadership ambitions will move to the next level with your engagement.   

Financially qualified, with a strong strategic focus, you have successfully led or advised at the senior leadership level in a substantial, complex business. Transformational change management has featured strongly in your career, and you will bring a creative mind to the strategic challenges that we face in the business. Confident, charismatic, and credible, your relationship management and communication skills are impeccable, particularly in relation to your ability to influence and supportively challenge the status quo.  Prior track record as a non-executive would be helpful, however, is not essential, and the MCA welcomes applications with transferable skills and experience from sectors outside the maritime environment.

Closing dateMonday 9th March 2020
Long listingw/c Monday 16th March
Preliminary interviewsw/c Monday 30th March
Short listingw/c Monday 6th April
Informal meetsw/c Monday 20th April
Final Panel Interviewsw/c Monday 27th April
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation:

  • 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 “About You” section. 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.

Please note all documents are mandatory and if not provided your application will be sifted out of the process. 

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 142325 or Matt Malone on 07471 037070 at GatenbySanderson.

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx