Non-Executive Director

The Government Legal Department (GLD), a Non-Ministerial Department, sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office/the Law Officers for England and Wales is seeking to appoint one Non-Executive Director (NED) to its Board.

This is an exciting time to join GLD. We are refreshing our Board and launching our Business Transformation Plan aimed at modernising and professionalising our ways of working. We are also planning to increase our presence in locations outside London, including Bristol, Manchester, and Leeds. Moreover, following a recent review of aspects of GLD’s business, including our governance relationship with the Attorney General’s Office, the appointed candidate will support the implementation of the outcome of the recommendations.

We welcome applications from individuals representing as broad a range of views and backgrounds as we have in UK society. Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to an effective, modern Civil Service that delivers policies and services for all of our citizens.

The successful candidates will be expected to take up their position between 31 October and 31 December 2021.

  • Role
    We require a NED who is CCAB Qualified accountant and/or extensive experience of working in a relevant senior finance role to Chair our Audit and Risk Committee. Non-Executive Directors complement the balance of experience, knowledge and skills of the Executive Members of the Board by bringing an external perspective.

    The value of the NED lies in their constructive challenge and the fresh, objective viewpoint that they provide.

    The NED will:

    • Support the Board in defining, communicating and delivering a clear strategic direction for the Department including its vision, values, culture and setting high standard for ethics and the responsible conduct of public business;
    • Ensure the Department is able to provide a resilient, responsive high quality legal service to meet the significant political, policy and operational delivery challenges faced by government against a background of a changing legal market and fiscal constraints.
    • Actively challenge the Executive Member of the Board on key issues including the Business Plan, Strategic Risks, Structure and performance of the organisation.
    • Provide counsel, advice and support to the Executive Members of the Board, acting as a sounding board and critical friend where necessary;
    • Engage in annual budget panel review meetings; keep under review the current funding model and drive best value for money;
    • Monitor and challenge the department’s performance in relation to its objectives, commitments and its strategy;
    • Examine client satisfaction and performance reviews including meeting key departmental stakeholders;
    • Support the Law Officers role as Ministers accountable to Parliament for the work of the GLD;
    • Be an ex-officio member of Board Sub-Committees.
  • Person Specification
    • Track record of significant achievement at a senior level in the commercial, private, public or not-for-profit sectors;
    • Personal credibility and the ability to use their experience, knowledge and skills to benefit the work of the Department;
    • Experience, knowledge and skills of managing a business
    • Strong analytical skills, judgement and decision making;
    • Knowledge of corporate governance;
    • Knowledge of professional service delivery;
    • Personal credibility and the ability to use their experience, knowledge and skills to benefit the work of the department;
    • Excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills.
    • Ensure that the Board maintain appropriate governance and internal controls, and that sound risk and performance management regimes are in place;
    • Ensure that the Board regularly reviews the adequacy of the risk management framework by maintaining an active and effective approach to the identification and mitigation of Departmental risks;
    • Provide an objective assessment of year-end financial statements and related reports and provide advice to the Accounting Officer on the approval of the statements;
    • Facilitate discussion and challenge on internal and external audit related matters;
    • Provide assurance on the adequacy and reporting of fraud, security Inc. Cyber Security and whistleblowing arrangements.
    • CCAB Qualified accountant and/or extensive experience of working in a relevant senior finance role.

  • Terms

    Time commitment
    The length of the appointment will be for an initial period of three years, which can be renewed for up to a further three years.

    The expected time commitment is approximately 25 days per annum. This will include attendance at Board meetings, Committee meetings and away days, reading papers in preparation for meetings.

    Members will also be expected to devote any additional time that may be necessary to the affairs of the Board, including undertaking a programme of activity to keep them in touch with the organisation’s objectives and priorities. We are expecting to move towards a hybrid way of working, which will be a mix of virtual and face to face meetings, mainly but not exclusively in London.

    The term of appointment will be for an initial period of three years, which may be extended in further defined periods by agreement. The maximum total term of appointment is six years. The time commitment is 25 days per annum

  • Remuneration

    The appointment attracts a fee of £16,368 per annum.   In addition, travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.

  • Application Process

    To apply for this position, please provide the following:

    • Submission of a covering letter explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the role specification, CV, and Diversity Monitoring Form to:
    • Candidates can also submit documentation by email to [email protected]
    • The closing date is Friday 8 October, midnight

    Please note that completion of the covering letter and CV is compulsory. Whilst not compulsory, we would also like you to complete our Diversity Monitoring form. After the closing date, the appointing panel shall assess candidates’ suitability for the role based on evidence provided in their covering letter and CV against the person specification.

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a fireside chat with the Attorney General

    Interviews will take place in London/ via zoom, w/c 8 October. Successful candidate(s) will take up the post by 31 December 2021. If you have any questions about this opportunity or would like further information about the position, please email Caroline Acheson, Deputy Director Strategy & Governance Team, [email protected], who will respond to your query accordingly.

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