Non-Executive Director (Shipping)

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: GSe60934

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 ambition for transformational change.   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 both commercially and environmentally across the global shipping sector.  A leader that is able to bring credibility and connectivity to the sector and engage at Board level to, act as an ambassador in the sector for the organisation, building sustainable relationships at the most senior levels. You will lean on your commercial nous, excellent judgement, and outstanding leadership credentials, together with your knowledge and network in the sector and bring a creative, strategic mind to some of the challenges and priorities that we have the ambition to address.    

You will be operating successful at the senior leadership level within the wider maritime sector, with experience of operating in a substantial, complex business. Change management has featured strongly in your career, and you will be acutely aware of the environmental challenges that face our industry as we look ahead. 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. Candidates from the private sector will have the intellectual horsepower to adapt to new financial and commercial practices in a public sector context.

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