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Financial Conduct Authority – Chair

“The FCA is an independent regulator with the strategic objective of ensuring that the UK’s financial markets function well. To do this, the FCA regulates the conduct of over 51,000 businesses, and will for many of them also consider whether they meet prudential standards that reduce the potential harm to consumers and industry if they fail. The FCA’s operational objectives are to: protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system; secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers; and promote effective competition in the interests of consumers.”

Time: 2-3 days per week

Remuneration: £170,000 per annum

Closes: 07 March

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Bank of England – Chair of the Court

“The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. The Court of Directors is the Bank’s governing board, and comprises the Bank’s Governor, the four Deputy Governors, and up to nine non-executive directors. Court manages the Bank’s affairs, and has responsibility for determining the Bank’s objectives and strategy, and for oversight of the Bank’s performance and effective discharge of its statutory and other objectives. Non-executive members of Court have the right to observe meetings of the three main policy committees of the Bank, the Monetary Policy Committee, the Financial Policy Committee and the Prudential Regulation Committee. The Chair plays a vital role at a time of continuing change in the Bank functions and organisation. Working closely with the Governor, the Chair is key to the Bank’s governance and the life of the Bank more broadly.”

Time: Full-time

Remuneration: £48,000 per annum

Closes: 09 March

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Home Office – Members of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal

“The IPT has a UK-wide jurisdiction. Its President is Lord Justice Singh and the Vice-President is Lord Boyd of Duncansby. We are looking for distinguished lawyers with a proven track record of expertise capable of being applied to the work of the IPT, who are able to make informed and reliable decisions on issues which can be of national importance. The successful candidates will have considerable experience in the law at a senior level, be familiar with Administrative Law and have a sufficient knowledge or understanding of RIPA, the Intelligence Services Act 1994, the IP Act, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the recent judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Big Brother Watch & Ors v UK.  Judicial experience will be an advantage.”

Time: At least 15 days per year, five years.

Remuneration: £917.52 per diem

Closes: 14 March

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Office for Students – Chief Executive Officer

“The Chief Executive is responsible for delivering the OfS’s statutory regulatory duties, as well as the following: providing overall leadership and management of the OfS as the independent regulator of higher education in England, setting and delivering a strategic vision for how the OfS will achieve its aims in championing the interests of students; overseeing the effectiveness and performance of the OfS and ensuring it is discharging its statutory duties in line with ministerial priorities, government policy and actions and direction determined by the OfS Board, as well as its accounting officer duties in relation to managing public money; working closely with Ministers and government officials to take the OfS through its next phase of critical work, including in relation to driving up quality, increasing real social mobility and reducing bureaucracy…”

Time: Full-time

Remuneration: £150-165,000 per annum

Closes: 22 March

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The Environment Agency – Chair

“The Environment Agency is at the heart of the Government’s work to create a better environment for people and for nature and to adapt to climate change. It works to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development. It protects people, homes, and businesses by reducing the risk of flooding and helps communities recover when floods do happen. It helps to create new habitats, protecting and improving the quality of our water, land, and air to ensure a cleaner, healthier environment which benefits people, wildlife, and promotes sustainable development. The Environment Agency Chair will provide overall leadership and strategic vision for the Board of the Environment Agency. ”

Time: 3.5 days per week

Remuneration: £100,000 per annum, plus expenses.

Closes: 24 March

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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency – Chair

“The DVLA is seeking an experienced Chair to lead its Board. Collectively, you will provide challenge and support to the DVLA’s Executive Team. You will play a vital role in the strategic and operational leadership of the organisation. You will use your experience and expertise to provide guidance, governance, scrutiny, challenge and support to the Chief Executive, and her executive team, in their development and execution of the DVLA’s business plan. You will act as an ambassador for the DVLA. Through active engagement with a broad range of senior stakeholders, including Ministers and our customers, you will play a pivotal role in enhancing the DVLA’s reputation and profile.”

Time: 7 days per month

Remuneration: £44,497 per annum

Closes: 04 April