Our aim is to provide reliable, user-friendly, easy-to-use services for our customers and value for money for the taxpayer. Our services are used across the nation by over 49 million customers, touching the majority of households across the country. As the hub for motoring, we play a pivotal role in the technology-driven evolution through which we travel now and, in the years, to come. This is an exciting time to join the Board as we continue to modernise and transform, ensuring we continue to provide excellent digital services to our nation.
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.
The successful candidate will possess a good appreciation of the role of a Non-Executive Chair, and they will understand and be committed to the pivotal role that the Board plays in the effective and efficient delivery of DVLA services. They will clearly demonstrate independence of judgement and an ability to communicate with impact to provide constructive support and challenge.
Introduction from the Secretary of State
Thank you for your interest in the position of
Non-Executive Chair of the Board of the Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
DVLA plays a vital role in ensuring that the right
drivers and vehicles are taxed and on the road. From
maintaining more than 49 million driver records and
more than 40 million vehicle records, to collecting over
£7 billion in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), DVLA’s work
affects a huge number of motorists’ everyday lives.
With rapid progress in the development of new
technologies, we expect that the way in which people
travel will change substantially in the coming years.
DVLA will play a vital role in this revolution as the hub
for motoring, ensuring that the agency continues to
provide excellent digital services to its customers
as the organisation continues to transform its services.
In the role of Non-Executive Chair, you would
have the opportunity to help guide DVLA through
this changing landscape. If you are excited by
the opportunity to contribute to the DVLA’s work,
I encourage you to apply.
Secretary of State for Transport
The successful candidate, through their membership of the Board, which is an advisory board, will provide challenge and support to the DVLA Executive Team. They will play a vital role in the effective strategic and operational leadership of the DVLA. The Chair provides guidance, experience, opinion and governance scrutiny, and support to the Chief Executive Officer to deliver DVLA’s strategic and business plans.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
• set the board agenda and chair the board every month
• review the performance of the non-executive directors and review the effectiveness of the board
• act as a coach to the CEO and the executive team, bringing a breadth of cross sector experience
• act as an ambassador for DVLA to promote its work
• be able to dedicate time to stakeholder engagement and specific projects within DVLA
• maintain appropriate links to the DfT as part of effectively discharging the duties and responsibilities of a non-executive chair
• work proactively with the Board and objectively with government to:
– provide sound advice to the CEO and executive team
– provide strong and constructive challenge to the executive team to ensure that policy delivery follows strategic direction
– ensure that decisions made by the Board follow proper procedures and are supported by sufficient high quality information
– support the executive team in discharging their leadership responsibilities to the DVLA
– ensure high standards of corporate governance and financial management and control are observed at all times
– work closely with, and hold to account, the executive team for delivery of the Agency’s business plan and budget
– build strong relationships with DVLA board colleagues
The post is based in Swansea, but the role may require occasional visits to other locations across Great Britain, and to DfT headquarters in London. The DVLA board work hard to build a strong team ethos, so some overnight stays will be required to give time for the team to come together outside of the formal monthly Board meeting.