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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

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Ministry of Justice – Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales

“The Commissioner is required to produce and publish an annual report on performance to the Justice Secretary, the Attorney General and the Home Secretary, and to give advice to a Minister of the Crown or the Treasury when required to do so. The role of Victims’ Commissioner is vital, with the Victims’ Bill consultation considering evidence on how to substantially improve victims’ experience of the criminal justice system. Part of the consultation asked for views about the powers of the Commissioner to hold government to account which may result in some future changes to the role.”

Time: Full-time

Remuneration: £108,000 per annum

Closes: 04 April

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HS2 Ltd – Chair

“HS2 is a once-in-a-generation investment in the UK’s transport infrastructure. As Chair of HS2 Ltd, exceptional leadership and brilliant communication must go hand-in-hand with a proven track record in delivery, to help unlock the multiple benefits of HS2 and the great potential of the many people working on this project. The right candidate will have the opportunity to not only lead a project of unprecedented size – but to inspire others and maintain confidence in the programme as we embrace lasting change for this country… The Chair is responsible for leading the HS2 Ltd Board and ensuring its effective operation on behalf of the Secretary of State as sole shareholder.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration: £200,000 per annum

Closes: 06 April

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Building Digital UK – Chair

“Building Digital UK (BDUK) is a dynamic delivery-focused portfolio responsible for delivering the government’s ambition to deliver improved digital infrastructure across fixed and mobile broadband to the hardest-to-reach areas of the UK. This includes fixed gigabit-capable broadband networks through the £5 billion Project Gigabit programme and 4G coverage on mobile devices through the £1 billion Shared Rural Network programme. Project Gigabit is using a blend of subsidy interventions to encourage broadband providers to build networks in non-commercial areas. The Shared Rural Network sees the government working with Vodafone, O2, Three and EE in areas where there is currently no coverage from any operator, bringing faster and more reliable internet speeds to hard-to-reach areas.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration: £80,000 per annum plus expenses

Closes: 10 April