Terms and Conditions

Title: Non-Executive Director

Reports to: Non-Executive Chair of DVLA

Duration: An initial term of three years, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Fee: £13,100 per annum for up to 30 days attendance, plus an additional £3,000 per annum should you be invited to chair a sub-committee. The fee is taxable through payroll but the appointment is not pensionable. Board members can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred at rates set centrally by the Department for Transport. Applicants should note that the successful candidate cannot be remunerated for this role if they are being paid for an existing full-time role from the public purse.

Time commitment:

The anticipated time commitment is around 30 days per annum. The role involves attendance at Board meetings, providing specialist advice as required, preparation time for meetings, travel, and work outside of meetings.


The role will be based at the DVLA in Swansea. Your appointment as a Non-Executive Board member of the DVLA will be made by the Secretary of State. It should be noted that this post is a public appointment; Non-Executive Board members are not employees of the Crown, the Department for Transport or the DVLA. Such appointments are not normally subject to the provisions of employment law. Appointments may be ended prior to the conclusion of the period of appointment.

Disqualification for appointment:

There are circumstances in which an individual will not be considered for appointment. They include:

• people who have received a prison sentence or suspended sentence of three months or more in the last five years

• people who are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order

• in certain circumstances, those who have had an earlier term of appointment terminated

• anyone who is under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986

• anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity.

Standards in public life:

You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Review Body’s ‘Codes of Practice’. Candidates will be expected to abide by the “Seven Principles of Public Life” set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Registration of interests:

The purpose of these provisions is to avoid any danger of Board members being influenced, or appearing to be influenced, by their private interests in the exercise of their public duties.

Public appointments require the highest standards of propriety, involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity, in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the oversight and management of all related activities. This means that any private, voluntary, charitable, or political interest which might be material and relevant to the work of the body concerned should be declared.

It is important, therefore, that you consider your circumstances when applying for a public appointment and identify any potential conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived. There is a requirement to declare any actual or potential conflict of interest you may have in being appointed to the Board in a separate form. Any actual or perceived conflicts of interest will be fully explored by the Panel at interview stage.

Political activity:

Members will need to show political impartiality during their time on the Board and must declare any party-political activity they undertake in the period of their appointment. Details of the successful candidate’s declared political activity must be published by appointing departments when the appointments are publicised.

The Political Activity Declaration contained with the supporting documentation will be kept separate from your application and will only be seen by the Panel prior to interview – the Panel may at that stage explore with candidates any potential for conflict of interest. It is appreciated that political activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If, therefore, you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you may if you choose include it separately in the main body of your application.