Non-Executive Director (Strategy)

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

    27 April 2022

  • Client

    Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Ref: GSe81787

With a history stretching back 200 years, the Maritime and 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. We will call on your strategic nous, excellent judgement, and outstanding leadership credentials to help us think about how we convene our partners and stakeholders to contribute to the future direction of this critical sector of the economy, challenging us all to think creatively about the opportunities ahead.      

You will have a successful track record of Board level leadership in a substantial, complex organisation. Strategically minded, you will have had experience of making a contribution to matters of public policy, from a commercial or public sector perspective, and will be an expert influencer and relationship builder. You will bring customer focus and a value for money focused delivery challenge to the Board.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
23:55 - Wednesday 27th April 2022

Longlist Meeting
w/c 9th May 2022

Preliminary Interviews with Gatenbysanderson
w/c 16th & 23rd May 2022

Shortlist Meeting
w/c 30th May 2022

Informal Meetings
w/c 6th & 13th June 2022

Final Panel Interviews
w/c 20th June 2022

How to Apply

To apply for this post please submit the following information no later than Wednesday 27th April 23:55

  1. 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.
  2. A supporting statement (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 essential criteria in the person specification and your motivation for applying.
  3. If applying under this scheme, please also submit the online Disability Confident Scheme Form.
  4. A completed and signed DfT screening form. Please note: Unless a signed copy of this form is submitted, your application cannot be taken forward.

Failure to submit all information will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that all documents contain your full name. Your application will be acknowledged by GatenbySanderson’s online system. Should you encounter any issues with your online application please get in touch with

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson: Russell Brandon or Julie Myers, on 01962 864124


  1. Disability Confident Scheme Declaration Form.docx
  2. DfT screening form.docx