Mar 062021

Chair - National Physical Laboratory

Location: London
Date Posted: 01/03/2021
Closing Date: 11/04/2021
£20,500/ circa 20 days pa

Key responsibilities of the Chair will be:

  • The effective organisation and leadership of the NPL Board. They will guide and influence the organisation at a strategic level providing clear and consistent leadership and scrutiny over the strategy, plans, finances and performance of NPL.
  • Strengthening the Board’s oversight of the organisation and holding the Executive to account for organisational performance.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the Board and for NPL, helping to build and develop collaborative strategic partnerships that support and promote NPL’s core mission and further NPL’s strategic objective and reputation.
  • Operating within the relevant standards and duties, including the principles of the Corporate Governance Code for Central Government Departments, Managing Public Money and other relevant Cabinet Office guidance. These represent relevant benchmarks for good practice in corporate governance.
  • Supporting the role of NPL’s science and engineering profile, both nationally and internationally.
  • Continuing to build capacity and capability at the Board and Executive level to ensure NPL has the required experience and expertise to fulfil its mission, deliver its Corporate Plan and remain sustainable.
  • Operating within organisation-specific governance documents to embed effective working relationships, including the Framework Document with BEIS.

Person Specification

  • Essential criteria
    The specific essential requirements for this role which you must demonstrate in your application are:

    • A proven track record, as a Chair or Non-Executive Director of an organisation with comparable scale and complexity, of leading, supporting, challenging and holding to account a strong Executive team and conveying confidence in the organisation’s capability to deliver on its objectives.
    • Ability to show evidence of excellent judgement and analytical ability, to assimilate a range of perspectives and evidence and absorb complex information to reach reasoned and robust conclusions.
    • Genuine passion for creating an inclusive environment that fosters diversity by encouraging varied but collaborative contribution.
    • Strong commercial experience, along with notable financial and risk management acumen.
    • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement in public facing positions, with proven influencing and networking abilities across diverse and high-profile key decision makers.
  • Desirable criteria
    • Understanding and evidence of leading transformational change programmes.
    • Experience working in, or in partnership with, research and technology organisations and Higher Education.
    • Experience in the STEM sectors and relevant industry leadership.
    • An appreciation of the political context within which the NPL operates and its public sector responsibility. The Board’s governance and conduct must exhibit the highest standards of governance, propriety and transparency.
    • The ability to maintain discretion and engender trust in staff, peers and stakeholders.

Additional Information

Please tailor your application to show how you meet the criteria listed. You should set out your suitability for the role and how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification.

If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided at that stage.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

Please note: feedback will only be provided to candidates who attend an interview.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 11pm on 11th April 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For us to progress your application, you must submit one PDF document which includes both of the below before 11pm on 11th April 2021:

  • curriculum vitae; and,
  • a supporting statement

by email (named in the following example format: Bloggs, J – NPL Chair Application) with the email subject “NPL Chair” to: [email protected]

If you do not submit both a curriculum vitae and a supporting statement by 11pm on 11th April 2021, your application will not be progressed any further.

We also ask that you complete an online application form, including diversity monitoring information and conflicts of interest, which can be found here.

Your curriculum vitae and supporting statement must each be no longer than two pages in length. If you submit documents which are longer than two pages each, any information not contained within the first two pages of each document will be disregarded and will not be seen by the assessment panel.

As a Disability Confident Leader, BEIS will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the published minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability.

Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview.

If you have any questions about the application process, or about the role itself, please contact Nadia Toma in the first instance at [email protected].


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