How to Apply

You will be required to submit the following:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  • A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum size 11 font) giving evidence of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the areas identified in the person specification.
  • A diversity monitoring form through this link
  • Supporting document form, confirming your political activity, through this link

Further information

If you have any questions about the role or would like to confidentially discuss the post further, please contact Andrea Trainer or Jon Morrison at Green Park through

Indicative timeline

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. Please let us know in your application letter if you are unable to meet these timeframes.

Closing Date
Sunday 26 September 2021 at midnight
Longlist Meeting
Tuesday 5th October 2021
Preliminary Interviews with Green Park
w/c 11 and 18 October 2021
Shortlist Meeting
Monday 25 October 2021
Informal conversations
w/c 22 November 2021
Final Panel Interviews
Monday 29th November 2021

Selection process

This role is being advertised in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments, which sets out the regulatory framework for public appointments processes. The Code is based on three core principles – merit, openness and fairness governance-code-for-public-appointments

The selection Panel will consist of:

• Lesley Cowley (Chair) – Non-Executive Chair, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

• Julie Lennard – Chief Executive Officer, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

• Rosalind Wall – Co-director, Roads Safety, Standards and Services, Department for Transport

• Jacob Abboud – Non-Executive director, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Interviews will take place in Swansea, Wales unless COVID restrictions prevent that from happening. In which case, interviews will be carried out via Microsoft Teams. Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process. The decision to appoint to this role rests with the Secretary of State. The appointable candidate may be invited to meet with the Secretary of State or another Department for Transport Minister, before a final decision is made.


If you are not completely satisfied with the way your application is handled at any stage of the competition, please raise any complaint in the first instance with: Public Appointments Team Governance Division (Area 2/28) Department for Transport Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR 45. We will reply to your complaint within 20 days.

Equal opportunities monitoring

The Department for Transport and its agencies are committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and transgender.

As part of the application process we ask candidates to complete equal opportunities monitoring information. This will help us to monitor selection decisions to assess whether equality of opportunity is being achieved and identify where we can improve in this area. The information on the form will be treated as confidential, and used for statistical purposes only.

The form will not be treated as part of your application Interview access scheme for disabled persons As a member of the Employers Forum on Disability, we are committed to actively encouraging applications from disabled people. Would you consider yourself to be disabled or neurodiverse? If yes, you are guaranteed an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for the appointment, as outlined in the role description. Declaring a disability for the purposes of a guaranteed interview is your decision and is entirely voluntary. A copy of the form can be found here: Guaranteed Interview Scheme. Whether you choose to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular arrangements for you when attending an interview. You can also contact us if you want to discuss the criteria for the role or have questions regarding your application.

Please note: Expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed except in exceptional circumstances and only when agreed in advance with the DfT Public Appointments Team.