Non Executive Directorships

Non-Executive Director – Highways England

Location: London

Date Posted: 03/12/2020

Closing Date: 08/01/2021

£25,000 + pa

Vacancy Description

Roads support every aspect of modern life for everybody, every day, whether it is getting to a destination or delivering goods for consumption. Safe roads lead to reliable driving that is essential for public wellbeing, and as a society we expect to drive on safe and compliant roads. In addition, we need to look after our environment to ensure we are playing our part in ensuring low emissions. We look to Highways England as it plays a vital role in planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining England’s motorways and major A-roads, known as the strategic road network.

For financial year 2020, Highways England had £126bn assets managed. With its many partners and suppliers, Over the last five years, Government’s Road investment strategy (RIS1), which covered the first road period from 2015–20, represented the biggest investment in England’s roads in a generation.

With rapid progress in the development of new technologies, Highways England are modernising and transforming the strategic road network. They need to demonstrate that they can meet the government’s commitment to zero carbon and within its committed timescales. They also need to exploit the full potential of the digital revolution, both in their delivery, and in communications with road users and stakeholders. That is why HE are now delivering £27.4 billion of investment between 2020 and 2025 to improve the road network (RIS2).

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of an organisation which keeps England moving. You would be joining Highways England at an exciting time, with the opportunity to help shape the future of the organisation and ensure its continued success. This will mean supporting the executive team in developing the organisation to be equipped for the immediate supply chain, technology and workplace transformation Highways England faces.

Person Specification

Highways England is now seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director to join the Board who has a strong track record of delivering within the commercial sector, and deep and broad procurement and supply chain experience. The successful candidate must also have excellent understanding of what good looks like with respect to world class supply chain practices and how they can successfully be applied. Highways England is not only looking to transform its supply chain, but also its workforce. This person will need to help advise how Highways England can manage expectations through its supply chain and how it develops it through the next five years.

The board is open minded regarding the sector(s) from which the successful candidate is drawn, albeit particularly interested in hearing from those with some prior knowledge and understanding of Highways England’s activities, or tangentially relevant sectors likely but not limited to include Logistics and Operations in the following sectors: Manufacturing, Automotive, Distribution, Utilities, Energy, Supply Chain, Retail, and FMCG.

To reinforce diversity of thought and perspective, the board is open to a first-time or experienced Non-Executive Director. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong commercial expertise at the C-Suite/Executive level.

How to Apply

You will need to provide a current CV as well as a covering statement outlining your suitability for the role against the advertised criteria. Applications should be made at this link.

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