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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: 29 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

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Post Office Limited – Chair

“Transformation is critical to the Post Office’s future. We are working to resolve past failures and fundamentally reform our culture, practices and operating procedures, prioritising strong and trusting relationships with Postmasters whilst we look ahead to ways in which we can adapt and innovate to better serve our customers across the UK. As our Chair, you will lead an energised board of executive and non-executive directors driving significant transformation to modernise the network, introduce more customer-friendly formats, and effectively address historic failures. You will provide outstanding leadership to this organisational transformation, to ongoing culture change programmes, and to rebuilding our relationships with Postmasters and other key stakeholders. At heart, Post Office is a commercial business with a social purpose, and our Chair will take the lead in ensuring that the future of the organisation reflects the best of what these two strands can offer consumers.”

Time: 2 days per week

Remuneration: Up to £150,000 per annum.

Closes: 19 April

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Medical Research Council – Executive Chair

“MRC works closely with medical research charities, industry, the NHS and UK Government health research funders, including with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and gives a high priority to research that is likely to increase our understanding of illness and disease and that will make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population… The Executive Chair, working with the MRC Council members, is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic vision for MRC and through this, shaping UKRI’s direction and position on medical and biomedical research. As a visible and credible leader of both MRC and the wider medical and biomedical research community, you will provide direction ensuring delivery of world-class research, innovation, skills development and infrastructure investment.”

Time: Full-time

Remuneration: “Competitive remuneration package”

Closes: 28 April