Non-Executive Chair, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Department for Transport

Bristol with some travel to other DVSA locations in the UK required

  • Location

    Bristol with some travel to other DVSA locations in the UK required

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £30,000 per annum for up to 60 days attendance

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    25 March 2021

  • Client

    Department for Transport

Ref: GSe70412

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We are committed to actively building on being a more diverse organisation and believe that by being a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone is valued, we are more motivated, higher performing and more committed to our team.

To ensure you stay safe on Great Britain’s roads, the DVSA helps you through a lifetime of safe driving, helps you keep your vehicle safe to drive, and protects you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls. With the rapid progress of new technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles, this is an exciting time to join the DVSA Board as we continue to modernise and transform our services to enable us to continue to keep people on our roads safe.

We are seeking a Non-Executive Chair to support and challenge the Executive and to ensure that the Agency delivers its strategic business goals. As Chair, you will use your experience and expertise to assist the Chief Executive in taking forward the strategic direction of the DVSA and provide expertise to drive forward business transformation. You will provide effective leadership to your fellow Non-Executive Board Members and provide support and challenge to our Executive Team, playing a vital role in the strategic and operational leadership of the organisation. As the Agency recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and looks ahead to the UK’s future relationship with the European Union and the future opportunities for driver and vehicle testing, the role of the Board is more pivotal than ever.

The successful candidate will bring substantial experience as a Non-Executive Director, and we welcome applications from those for whom this would be a first Chair appointment. Excellent relationship-building skills will be key, as is a track record in delivering excellent customer service and transformational change.

We welcome all applications, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, social background, religious beliefs, ethnicity or age.

To find out more and to apply, please visit or for a confidential conversation, please contact advising consultants at GatenbySanderson:

  • Olivia Robinson, ( or 0113 205 6298);
  • Julie Myers, ( or 07595 779915) or;
  • Mark Turner, ( or 0113 205 6298).

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
17:00 on Monday 8 March 2021

Long listing
w/c 15 March 2021

Preliminary interviews
w/c 22 & 29 March 2021

Short listing
w/c 5 April 2021

Final panel
w/c 10 May 2021

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for these positions, please supply the following information by 17:00 on Monday 8 March 2021.

You will be required to submit the following:

  • A CV setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications;
  •  A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum size 11 font) giving evidence of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the areas identified in the person specification;
  • Completed a) references, conflicts and integrity declaration form and b) diversity monitoring forms

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

Further information
For an informal confidential discussion about the role please contact our advising consultants Olivia Robinson, Julie Myers, or Mark Turner at GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6298.

Disability Confident Scheme (Previously Guaranteed Interview Scheme)
As a member of the Employers Forum on Disability, we are committed to actively encouraging applications from disabled people. Would you consider yourself to be disabled or neurodiverse? If yes, you are guaranteed an interview if you meet the essential criteria for the appointment, as outlined in the role description. Declaring a disability for the purposes of a guaranteed interview is your decision and is entirely voluntary.

Please complete the appropriate form on the application website. Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident Scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular arrangements for you when attending an interview. You can also contact us if you want to discuss the criteria for the role or have questions regarding your application.

Please note: Expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed except in exceptional circumstances, and only when agreed in advance with the DfT Public Appointments Team.


  1. References conflicts interests form.doc
  2. Diversity monitoring form (2).pdf
  3. GIS Scheme 2021.docx