DVLA recruiting for a Non-Executive Director and Chair of DVLA Audit Committee 

As a Non Executive Director and Chair of our Audit Committee you will play a key role in our corporate governance model.

As a Non Executive Director, you will attend and make an effective contribution to the DVLA Board and Board meetings by:

    • Supporting and constructively challenging the executive members of the Board.
    • Using your skills and experience to examine major projects and programmes, together with strategic and organisational issues.
    • Drawing upon your commercial business understanding and experience to support the development and delivery of DVLA strategic and business plans.

As Chair of our Audit Committee, you will chair four meetings each year, though additional meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by you and/or the Chief Executive. The Audit Committee is established to support the Chief Executive in his role as Agency Accounting Officer by advising on:

  • the comprehensiveness of assurances in meeting the Accounting Officer’s assurance needs, and reviewing the reliability and integrity of these assurances;
  • the strategic processes for risk, control and governance and the Statement on Internal Control;
  • the adequacy and effectiveness of the governance, risk, control and assurance arrangements established by the Agency, and the associated assurance processes;
  • the planned activity and results of both external and internal audit and other review bodies, ensuring that plans support wider DfT requirements;
  • the adequacy of Management response to issues identified by audit and other assurance functions;
  • the accounting policies, annual reports and accounts including the Business Accounts; and the Statement of Internal Control;
  • assurances relating to the corporate governance requirements for the organisation;
  • anti-fraud policies, whistle-blowing processes and arrangements for special investigations;
  • the appointment and performance of the Head of Corporate Assurance and the purchase of audit services.

You may also be invited to sit on the Departmental Audit Committee, and if required to do so this would require an additional time commitment of five days.

As a member of the DVLA Board, you will attend at least ten Board meetings each year and will also be invited to attend occasional meetings with other Non Executive Directors from across the Department for Transport. You will use your experience and knowledge to provide an external perspective on the strategic direction of our work and contribute to the scrutiny and constructive challenge of our performance whilst maintaining independence of thought. You will provide an informal source of independent advice to the Chief Executive and other directors as appropriate.

Person Specification

We wish to appoint an experienced qualified Accountant with a proven track record at board-level in a large and complex organisation and with previous experience leading or working as a member of an audit committee. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • commercial business understanding – experience of strategy development and implementation, diversification and commercial development would be particularly helpful;
  • a clear understanding of internal controls and a control environment within a large organisation with significant information systems dependencies;
  • proven ability to bring customer focus and a value for money focused delivery challenge to the Board, together with an understanding of how to balance this against control and delivery risks;
  • the ability to develop a clear view of what we are trying to achieve and to contribute to delivering against this vision;
  • evidence of a personal motivation and commitment to UK public services and an interest in DVLA business and our objectives;
  • a demonstrably collaborative way of working, for example with fellow Board members, other senior members of the Agency and wider agency stakeholders to enable the delivery of complex agency priorities both within and outside their own areas of responsibility;
  • excellent communication of key messages to both internal and external audiences, and the ability to listen to and a willingness to act upon feedback;
  • experience of working with government and/or public sector organisations is desirable as is knowledge of governance issues and processes in large organisations.
  • you should hold a professional qualification from a CCAB (or equivalent) recognised body.

Additional Information

You will be expected to take up post as soon as possible.

We expect the basic time commitment for formal Audit Committee & Board activities will be around 32 days per year, which includes an allowance for preparation. You will be paid a fee of £436 gross per day together with other appropriate expenses at standard civil service rates.

DVLA Head Office is located in Swansea and Board and Audit Committee meetings are normally held there; an overnight stay is frequently necessary, therefore.

As DVLA Audit Committee Chair, there will be a requirement to attend an annual one day meeting of the Audit Committee Chairs and an occasional meeting with other Non-Executive Directors from across the Department for Transport.

Further details about the DVLA and our services can be found on the Gov.UK website


Duration of appointment

The appointment will initially be for a fixed period of three years with the possibility of extension for a further period of up to three years.

For more information, please contact

  • Robert Foot
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Chief Executives Office
  • Driver & Vehicles Licensing Agency
  • Longview Road
  • Swansea
  • SA6 7JL
  • tel: (01792) 782709
  • email: robert.foot@dvla.gsi.gov.uk

How to Apply

To apply, please send a CV, explaining how your qualifications, skills and experience meet the requirements of this appointment to: scs.recruitment@dvla.gsi.gov.uk Please quote the reference number clearly in the title of your email.

Reference Number: DVLA NED 06/15

Please also include telephone contact details of 2 referees who can be contacted to provide a reference prior to interview.

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  • This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.