Non Executive Directorships

Chair of the HMRC Board (Lead Non-Executive Director)

Location: London

Date Posted: 20/08/2020

Closing Date: 13/09/2020

£30,000 pa

Vacancy Description

Working in close partnership with the Chief Executive and the other Non-Executives, the Lead NED:

  • chairs the HMRC Board, setting its agenda so that it takes full account of the issues and the concerns of all Board members, striking a balance between strategic and performance issues ensuring that it is supported by accurate, timely and clear information and analysis;
  • ensures that the Board is supported by an appropriate and effective committee structure that underpins and supports governance across Human Resources, Digital, Finance, Operations, Commercial and Risk;
  • ensures that HMRC has a clear strategic direction which reflects Ministers’ priorities, is consistent with the resources made available by Government and enables the department to maximise the revenues collected and to improve service to its customers; and
  • together with other Non-Executive members of the Board, provides a scrutiny and challenge role to the Chief Executive and senior executives to account for the delivery of HMRC’s strategy and for the Department’s performance in meeting the targets set by Ministers.

Key Responsibilities & Commitments:

  • drawing on deep experience in leading strategic transformation, guide HMRC in change needed to implement its strategy effectively
  • act as a sounding board to the Chief Executive as needed;
  • be responsible for the development and appraisal of non-executives as effective Board members; and
  • liaise with and support the Government Lead Non-Executive as a member of the network of Lead Non-Executives from all central government departments.

Roles will include but not limited to:

  • You are required to attend meetings of the Board and you may also be required to become a member of, and be required to attend, one or more sub-committees of the Board. Your attendance at the Board and any of its sub-committees will involve an estimated time commitment of at least 25 days per year. Preparation will be required in advance of any meetings.
  • You may also be asked to perform other roles in your capacity as Lead Non-Executive Director of the Board, subject to your agreement.
  • You are not an employee of HMRC, accordingly nothing in this, or any other document, shall be construed as, or taken to create, a contract of employment between yourself and HMRC.

Person Specification

Key criteria:  

  • Board Level senior leadership experience, as an executive or nonexecutive in large and complex organisations with a specific focus on providing strategic guidance and turning it into action;
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to work with and through others to achieve objectives and challenge effectively;
  • Experience of taking high level ideas, turning them into deliverable products or programmes; and monitoring delivery programmes to successful outcomes;
  • An understanding of the key challenges faced by the public sector and the ability to bring experience to bear on these challenges;
  • An engaging and collaborative working style with the ability to adapt to a wide range of political and non-political partners;
  • A strong desire to support the successful delivery of the HMRC strategy and can feed into the organisations purpose and vision.

Desirable criteria:  

  • An understanding of how government works, including the role of Departmental Boards, and of the role of NEDs in relation to those of executives and Ministers.

How to Apply

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Odgers Berndtson on behalf of HMRC. Please refer to the candidate pack for full details.

Please apply online at www.odgers.com/80735

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