Chief Executive - DVSA

Department for Transport

Bristol with regular travel to London required

  • Location

    Bristol with regular travel to London required

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £130,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    08 September 2020

  • Client

    Department for Transport

Ref: GSe66155



The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency plays a vital role in keeping Britain’s roads safe. Responsible for setting, testing and enforcing driver and vehicle standards across Great Britain, our vision is for safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer journeys for all.



This is a pivotal point for the organisation and we are seeking an inspirational CEO to take DVSA through a period of transformational change, with a backdrop of adapting our operating model to the Covid-19 pandemic, post-EU transition and a change away from trading fund status at the end of the financial year. Adapting our service to exciting technological developments in the transport sector will be key as we all fundamentally change the way we travel. Our critical role in responding to the changing needs of drivers, cyclists and vehicles and keeping our road network as one of the safest in the world, will never be more important.

DVSA has been successful in meeting our ambitious business targets for the last three years, delivering a substantial digital transformation programme and improved staff engagement scores year after year. Our new Chief Executive will need to build on this, leading us into the next stage of transformation and developing the future strategic direction of the Agency.

This role requires an exceptional leader with a demonstrable track record of driving change to deliver improved performance and establishing a culture of continuous improvement. You will have real commercial expertise and experience of delivering against ambitious targets in a complex customer focused environment. The ability to influence stakeholders at all levels is also imperative. 

This role represents an opportunity to impact on the nationwide services that all of us rely on to help keep Britain’s roads safe.  If you feel you have this unique blend of skills and experience, we would like to hear from you.

The Civil Service is committed to becoming the most inclusive employer in the UK. We are committed to understanding, respecting and representing as broad a range of views and backgrounds as we have in UK society. We know that diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to an effective, modern Civil Service.

Closing date 23:59 on Monday 7 September 2020
Long listing w/c 7th September 2020
Preliminary interviews w/c 14th and 21st September
Short listing w/c 28th September
Assessment w/c 5th and 12th October
Final panel w/c 19th October
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 23:55 on Monday 7 September 2020.

You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Some basic, personal information;
  2. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years;
  3. A Statement of Suitability (max 2 pages, minimum font size 11) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming the most inclusive employer by 2020. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for more information.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application please get in touch with

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Olivia Robinson


T: 0113 205 6298

Julie Myers


T: 07595 779915

Mark Turner


T: 07809 195 638

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx