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Private Parking Scrutiny and Oversight Board - Chair Role

Application deadline 12 October 2023


Private Car Parking Scrutiny and Oversight Board
Sponsor department
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Communication, Regulation, Consumer Advocacy
Number of vacancies
Time commitment
5 day(s) per annum
£500 per day
Length of term
2 years
Application deadline
11:59pm on 12 October 2023

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    31 August 2023

  2. Application deadline

    11:59pm on 12 October 2023

  3. Sifting date

    31 October 2023

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    30 November 2023

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role


Are you passionate about making systems as fair as possible? Can you consider a range of evidence and make impartial judgements? If so, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has an exciting new opportunity for you. We are seeking to recruit the Chair for the Private Parking Scrutiny and Oversight Board, which will provide an independent and critical analysis on our impending Private Car Parking Code of Practice. ​

Role description

We are currently recruiting for a chairperson who will represent and be responsible for the Scrutiny and Oversight Board. The Board is entirely independent from the private car parking and is being set up to advise government on the effectiveness of the newly introduced Code of Practice. The role requires strong leadership, who is able to enforce the rules of the board and facilitate board meetings and discussions. The chair will assist the board in consensus decision making, holding board members to account against agreed actions, and acting as the main link between the board and the policy team in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). The chairperson will also help to recruit the remaining seven board members. ​
The chair will be expected to attend an onboarding session and six board meetings over two-years. The chosen candidate will receive £500 per day, with a maximum time commitment of 10 days in total. 
Board Activities:​
  • Examine and discuss data packs created by analysts
  • Identify trends or anomalies within the data and highlight to relevant parties for further investigation
  • Liaise with DLUHC, the Certification Assessment Bodies and Single Appeals Service
  • Consider feedback from industry and consumer representatives
  • Review a sample of parking correspondence sent in by the public
  • Monitor progress of operator certification
Chair-specific Activities: ​
  • Show strong leadership and enforce the rules of the board ​
  • Set the agenda and facilitate board meetings and discussions​
  • Assist the board in consensus decision making​
  • Hold board members to account against agreed actions​
  • Act as the main link between the board and the policy team in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). ​
  • Support the recruitment of the remaining seven board members.​
The successful candidate must: ​
  • Be able to sit on the S&O Board for at least 1 term (2 years) ​
  • Commit to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership. ​
  • Have no active financial interests in the private parking industry ​
And must not: ​
  • Be an active member of the private parking industry ​
  • Have significant business dealings with the private parking industry ​
  • Have been involved in a working group that has contributed to the creation of the Private Code of Practice or Certification Scheme.​

Organisation description

The Scrutiny and Oversight Board is a vital part of the private parking enforcement framework and will act as an independent advisor to Government. Its primary responsibility will be to monitor the implementation of the Private Parking Code of Practice and evaluate its effectiveness. As a member of the Board, you will help scrutinise relevant data, reports, and feedback to monitor the success of the Code and evaluate whether it meets the policy aims. The Board will create an annual report detailing the board’s activities, and offer recommendations to strengthen or change the Code as part of the review taking place every two years.​
Background and Context:
In response to widespread concerns about the poor practice and behaviour of some parking operators, the Government is taking action to improve the regulation on the private parking industry. It is currently working to introduce the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019, which sets out the requirements the private parking industry must follow when enforcing parking restrictions in England, Scotland, and Wales and introduces a wider enforcement framework. Following the publication of the Private Parking Code of Practice in February 2022, some private parking companies issued legal proceedings against some elements of the Code and the Secretary of State decided to concede on these challenges. We are working hard to relay the Code as soon as possible. The Board will be stood up in the meantime and will be expected to support the implementation of other parts of the framework, including the certification of operators and the single appeals service.​

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • Experience working at Board level at private firms, public sector and/or charitable organisation or similar experience​
  • Interest in private parking and consumer affairs, with strong advocacy skills ​
  • Sound analytical skills with the ability to interpret data ​
  • Ability to make evidence-based recommendation from different data sources ​
  • Good independent judgement with the ability to balance various viewpoints ​
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to take part in group discussions 

Desirable criteria

  • Sound understanding of the relationship between the parking industry and parking consumers ​
  • Experience working with consumers or private parking operators would be an advantage ​
  • Experience at Board level at private firms, public sector and/or charitable organisations 
Successful Candidate Profile:
Are you the right person for the job? Our successful candidate profile (in the attached candidate pack) outlines the qualities and experience we’re looking for in our chairperson. ​
It is vital that the Board is entirely independent from those involved in the private parking industry, so applications will not be accepted from anyone with links to industry nor specific motoring groups, or to those who have been part of a working group who have contributed to the creation of the Code of Practice to ensure the integrity of the Board. ​
The ideal candidate would have an interest in private parking or consumer affairs. There are strong, diverging views on private car parking and the candidate will need to remain impartial and be guided by the evidence at all times when taking decisions. They need to be able to apply sound, independent judgement to balance varying, sometimes contrary viewpoints. ​
The candidate will have excellent organisation and time-management skills and the ability to facilitate and lead group discussion. As you will be using data packs created by our analysts to inform consensus decision-making, you will also need to balance different information sources to make recommendations. ​
Experience working with consumers or private parking operators would be an advantage but is not necessary. Experience acting in a previous capacity as chair of a board is also desirable but not required. ​

Application and selection process

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to provide:

  1. A  Curriculum Vitae which provides your contact details, details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any relevant publications or awards;

  2. A supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for appointment, as set out in the person specification for the role;

  3. Information relating to any outside interests or reputational issues;

  4. Diversity monitoring information. This allows us to see if there are any unfair barriers to becoming a public appointee and whether there are any changes that we could make to encourage a more diverse field to apply. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel;

  5. Disability Confident – please state if you want to be considered for the disability confident scheme;

  6. Reasonable adjustments - requests for reasonable adjustments that you would like to the application process (if applicable);

Please provide the information at points 3-6 above on the relevant form here.
Completed applications should be submitted to

The Advisory Assessment Panel reserves the right to only consider applications that contain all of the elements listed above, and that arrive before the published deadline for applications.

Overview of the application process

Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.

The assessment process

  1. Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department. As a result, they must be consulted at every stage of the appointments process.

  2. An Advisory Assessment Panel (“Panel”) is appointed by Ministers to assist them in their decision making. The role of the Panel is to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.

  3. At the shortlisting meeting the Panel will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and decide which candidates have best met the criteria, who should be recommended for interview. Ministers will then be consulted on the Panel’s recommended shortlist. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme and you meet all the essential criteria, then you will also be invited for an interview.

  4. Once the shortlist has been agreed by Ministers, you will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview.

  5. The Panel will meet again to interview candidates and determine who is appointable to the role. The Panel may invite you to make a brief presentation at the start of the interview and will go on to question you about your skills and experience, including asking specific questions to assess whether you meet the criteria set out for the post. The Panel will also explore with you any potential conflicts of interest or any other issues arising from your personal and professional history which may impact on an appointment decision.

  6. Details of the panel’s assessment of interviewed candidates are provided to Ministers, including whether they have judged a candidate to be appointable to the role. It is then for Ministers to determine merit and decide who should be appointed. In some circumstances, Ministers may choose not to appoint any candidates and re-run the competition.

  7. Ministers may choose to meet with candidates before deciding the outcome. Candidates should therefore be prepared for a short time gap between interview and a final appointment decision being made. Candidates who have been interviewed will be kept informed of progress.

  8. Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application, including whom they may approach for feedback. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.

Further information about appointments, including tips on applying, can be found on our guidance pages on

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

The Advisory Assessment Panel will be:​
Panel Chair and DLUHC Representative – Cathy Francis, Director, Places, Infrastructure and Housing Delivery​
DLUHC Representative – Lucy Wilkins, Deputy Director, Regeneration and Urban Policy​
Senior Independent Panel Member ​(TBC)
Advisory Assessment Panels (AAP) are chosen by ministers to assist them in their decision-making. These include a departmental official and an independent member. For competitions recruiting non-executive members of a board (apart from the Chair), the panel will usually include a representative from the public body concerned.
AAP’s perform a number of functions, including agreeing an assessment strategy with ministers, undertaking sifting, carrying out interviews in line with the advertised criteria and deciding objectively who meets the published selection criteria for the role before recommending to ministers which candidates they find appointable. It is then for the minister to decide who to appoint to the role.

Eligibility criteria

In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.

There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. 

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director  (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);

  • have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;

  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.

When you apply, you should declare if:

  • you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this. 

  • you are subject to a current police investigation.

You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points. 

When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below)
If you need further advice, please contact

Security clearance

The successful candidate will be required to undertake Baseline Personnel Security Standard checks in line with the Civil Service guidelines. Additional Security Clearance may also be required for certain roles. However, where this applies, candidates will be notified during the appointment process. Further information on National Security Vetting can be found on the website here.

Additional information for candidates

Equality and diversity

We encourage applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and across the whole of the United Kingdom. Boards of public bodies are most effective when they reflect the diversity of views of the society they serve and this is an important part of the Government’s levelling up agenda.
We collect data about applicants’ characteristics and backgrounds, including information about people’s educational and professional backgrounds, so that we can make sure we are attracting a broad range of people to these roles and that our selection processes are fair for everyone. Without this information, it makes it difficult to see if our outreach is working, if the application process is having an unfair impact on certain groups and whether changes are making a positive difference.
When you submit your application, your responses are collected by the Cabinet Office and the government department(s) managing your application. The data is used to produce management information about the diversity of applicants. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel who review applications against the advertised criteria and conduct interviews.

Disability confident

We are a member of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. We use the Disability Confident scheme symbol, along with other like-minded employers, to show our commitment to good practice in employing people with a disability. The scheme helps recruit and retain disabled people. 
As part of implementing the scheme, we guarantee an interview for anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role, set out in the advert, and who has asked that their application is considered under the scheme. Indicating that you wish your application to be considered under the scheme will in no way prejudice your application. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as set out in the job-advert.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to select if you would like your application considered under this scheme.

Reasonable adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to make sure applicants with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions, or other needs are not substantially disadvantaged when applying for public appointments. This can include changing the recruitment process to enable people who wish to apply to do so.
Some examples of common changes are:
  • ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
  • making adaptations to interview locations;
  • allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
  • giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
  • allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
  • making provision for support animals to attend.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to the application process.

Principles of public life

Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life. These are:
  1. Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  2. Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  3. Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  4. Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  5. Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  6. Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
  7. Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Code of conduct for board members

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. In support of this, all non-executive board members of UK public bodies must abide by the principles set out in the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. The Code sets out the standards expected from those who serve on the boards of UK public bodies and will form part of your terms and conditions of appointment.

Management of outside interests and consideration of reputational issues

Holders of public office are expected to adhere and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. Before you apply you should consider carefully: 
  • any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government; 
  • any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or public statements that you have made; 
  • and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported; 
which may call into question your ability to do the role you are applying for.
You will need to answer relevant questions in relation to these points when making an application. Many conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily resolved and declaring a potential conflict does not prevent you from being interviewed. If you are shortlisted for an interview, the panel will discuss any potential conflicts with you during that interview, including any proposals you may have to mitigate them and record that in their advice to ministers. Alongside your own declaration, we will conduct appropriate checks, as part of which we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This may include searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. The successful candidate(s) may be required to give up any conflicting interests and their other business and financial interests may be published in line with organisational policies. 
Details of declared political activity will be published when the appointment is announced, as required by the Governance Code (political activity is not a bar to appointment, but must be declared).

Status of appointment

As this is an office holder appointment, you will not become a member of the Civil Service. You will not be subject to the provisions of employment law.

Appointment and tenure of office

Appointments are for the term set out in this advert, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term, at the discretion of Ministers.  Any re-appointment is subject to satisfactory annual appraisals of performance during the first term in the post. There is no automatic presumption of reappointment; each case should be considered on its own merits, taking into account a number of factors including, but not restricted to, the diversity of the current board and its balance of skills and experience. In most cases, the total time served in post will not exceed more than two terms or serve in any one post for more than ten years

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

Remuneration for this role is treated as employment income and will be subject to tax and National Insurance contributions, both of which will be deducted at source under PAYE before you are paid.

Pension and redundancy

This is an office holder appointment and does not attract any benefits under any Civil Service Pension Scheme. You will not be eligible for redundancy pay as you are not an employee. No other arrangements have been made for compensation upon the end of your term of appointment because an office holder who is appointed for a limited duration would have no expectation of serving beyond that period.

Application feedback

We will notify you of the status of your application. We regret that we are only able to offer detailed feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at the interview stage.

How to complain

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy.
Please contact the DLUHC public appointments team in the first instance if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application at They will acknowledge your complaint upon receipt and respond within 15 working days.

Data protection

The Cabinet Office will use your data in line with our privacy policy.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will use your data in line with our privacy notice (attached to this vacancy).

Contact details

If you have any queries, please contact the team at
Please include 'Private Parking Scrutiny and Oversight Board - Chair Role' as the subject of your email.