Non Executive Directorships

Dover Harbour Board – Non-Executive Board Member

Location: Dover

Date Posted: 03/08/2020

Closing Date: 28/08/2020

acancy Description

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade. It is an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in England, and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long-term port capacity for the nation, whilst becoming a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Welcoming 11 million passengers travelling in 2.0 million tourist vehicles, and 2.4 million freight vehicles, the Port handles up to £119bn of trade each year.

The Port of Dover has international significance in providing a gateway to the UK; its ability to support a resilient cross-Channel service is of both national and international importance. The port also operates as a highly successful commercial enterprise locally, supporting around 22,000 local jobs. It has, through development of its operations and continual investment, been able to future proof its existing facilities and plan for future demand.

The Port of Dover is a Trust Port, controlled by the Dover Harbour Board (DHB). Trust Ports are autonomous bodies created by Acts of Parliament and are controlled by an independent board. They are not Government-owned and have no shareholders. Surpluses are reinvested into the port for the benefit of the stakeholders of the port. The stakeholders are all those using the port, employees of the port, the local community and all those individuals, organisations and groups having an interest in the operation of the port.

Dover Harbour Board currently consists of seven Non-Executive Members, one of whom is appointed as the Board Chairman, and two Executive Members (Chief Executive, and the Chief Financial Officer and Infrastructure Director ). Of the current seven Non-Executive Board Members, the Chairman and two Non-Executive Board Members are Department for Transport (DfT) Ministerial appointees; and the remaining four are Dover Harbour Board appointees with two being Community Directors, holding special knowledge and experience of the position of the port within the local community and economy.

Person Specification

The board is looking to appoint a Non-Executive Board Member who:

  • has previously gained wide and relevant experience at senior levels in organisations of comparable complexity, profile and prominence to Dover Harbour Board. Those organisations should be of good standing and espouse the principles of good corporate governance.
  • has company board or equivalent experience and a good understanding and appreciation of business and government issues in Kent and the South East.
  • displays outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • is highly respected within their sector and is able to engender the confidence of their peers
  • has the ability to formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way
  • can contribute effectively and constructively challenge in group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals
  • has sufficient scope and availability to attend Board meetings, Committee meetings and additional forum meetings as required
  • is committed to working as part of a team which is engaged and ambitious for the Port

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