Non-Executive Director, People & Capability

Royal Navy


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £15,000 per annum

  • Client

    Royal Navy

Ref: GSe91858

In times of peace and conflict, the Royal Navy is key to Britain’s prosperity and success. 95% of UK trade is carried by sea and with over 30,000 serving personnel and over 70 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy, we help to stabilise the seas, keeping the maritime trade that’s the lifeblood of the UK economy flowing. We act as a guardian and a diplomat, as a humanitarian force for good, and a peacekeeper on the global stage. The fighting arms of the Royal Navy work together at sea, on land and in the air and our organisation is comprised of the Surface Fleet, Submarine Service, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Marines and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The Royal Navy is active and fully engaged around the world. Our ships, submarines and personnel operate in every ocean and continent, protecting our nation's interests.

The Role

The Navy Board is the body responsible for running the Royal Navy. With an existing member set to retire in 2022, there is a requirement to recruit a NED with specialisms People and Capability. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Navy’s Senior Leadership team providing valuable support to the First Sea Lord in fulfilling his responsibilities as Head of the Royal Navy. As an Independent board member you will provide a vital source of advice and support bringing valuable skills, objectivity and perspectives, helping widen the horizons within which the board determines its strategy and enables the performance of the Royal Navy.

Person Specification

You will bring a track record of enterprise leadership within large, complex organisations (FTSE100 or equivalent) at Operating Board and Main Board level. With expertise in strategic people leadership and capability development, you will support the board to imagine the future workspace of the Royal Navy and develop an adaptive approach to the way we invest, develop, remunerate and provide opportunities for our people. You will bring firsthand experience of strategic leadership of key, people related issues, such as organisation design, culture change, employee engagement, talent and strategic workforce planning, as well as an understanding of diversity issues and the challenges in securing a balanced and representative workforce. With knowledge of the impact of technology, hybrid working and employee mobility across large, diversified organisations, you will provide valuable insights which will foster diversity of thought, with the ability to constructively challenge existing paradigms and approaches.

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Recruitment Table

Closing Date
11.00pm - Wednesday 7th December 2022

Preliminary interviews
W/c 12th December and w/c 19th December

Short listing
W/c 2nd January 2023

Final panel
W/c 9th January 2023

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 11:00pm Wednesday 7th December 2022.

Please submit your application here:

You will be asked to submit the following:

  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 letter outlining your potential contribution and motivations for applying
  3. A completed Diversity Monitoring Form
  4. A completed Conflict of Interests Form.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

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

Olivia Robinson, Research Lead

James Payne, Principal Consultant

Mark Turner, Managing Partner


  1. Please Complete - Conflict Of Interest.pdf