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Non Executive Directors of the National Crime Agency

Application deadline 26 November 2023


National Crime Agency
Sponsor department
Home Office
Judicial, Prisons & Policing
Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Change Management
Number of vacancies
Time commitment
24 day(s) per annum
£15000 per annum
Length of term
3 years
Application deadline
11:59pm on 26 November 2023

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    2 November 2023

  2. Application deadline

    11:59pm on 26 November 2023

  3. Sifting date

    4 December 2023

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    18 December 2023

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role


Thank you for considering the role of Non-Executive Director at the National Crime Agency. If you are seeking a unique, exciting and rewarding place to work where you can make a difference, then you have come to the right place.
The NCA comprises a range of roles, requiring a host of different skills. We need people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives to perform these roles, and then we need everyone to work together seamlessly to deliver the mission of protecting the public from serious and organised crime. So diversity and inclusion is not an add on for us; it is fundamental to who we are and what we do. It also makes us vibrant, flexible and resilient. It is one of our greatest strengths.
We are actively seeking experience and insights through our Non- Executive Directors. I am excited to offer an opportunity to join our team in this capacity to help us to achieve our mission. These roles will specialise in: Role 1: Strategy and Operations and Role 2: Finance and Governance. 
If you have the relevant skills and experience then I look forward to receiving your application. 
Graeme Biggar CBE
Director General

Role description

Time Commitment: Approximately 20-24 days per annum.
Duration: 3 years with an option of extending for a further 3 years.
Location: Regular travel to London and other NCA sites around the UK will be required to attend meetings.
Remuneration: £15,000 - we will reimburse all reasonable expenses including T&S and further expenses in line with NCA policies.
The role of the Non-Executive Board Member is a key post contributing to the NCA Management Board and/or the Audit and Risk Committee which are essential to the success of the NCA. 
As a NED you will use your skills and experience to bring an independent perspective, and to offer constructive advice and challenge, to help to develop the strategy and performance of the Agency. You will do this in line with the DGs direction for the Agency and within the scope of the Home Secretary’s strategic priorities.
Non-Executive Board Members will attend ten NCA Board meetings per year which is chaired by the DG NCA in addition to Audit and Risk Assurance Committee which is chaired by a NED, and potentially other committee meetings.
In line with Government best practice, the responsibility of the Board includes the following areas:
a. Strategic Clarity: setting the vision and ensuring all activities contribute towards it;
b. Commercial Sense: ensuring sound financial management; scrutinising the allocation of financial and human resources; ensuring organisational design supports strategic objectives; setting the NCA’s risk appetite and ensuring controls are in place to manage risk and to ensure value for money;
c. Talent Management: ensuring the NCA has people to deliver current and future needs;
d. Performance Monitoring: agreeing the NCA business plan; monitoring and steering performance against the plan; scrutinising performance and setting values and standards; ensuring clear, consistent, comparable performance information is used to drive improvements.

Board composition


Person specification

Essential criteria

•Excellent leadership and change management skills, with
the breadth of vision, innovation and experience to take a
long-term view on what the Agency might achieve and to
advise on how to make that happen.
•Ability to provide objective and rigorous challenge and
scrutinise performance, as well as effective advice, to
develop and enhance executive thinking.
•Ability to engage and develop relationships with senior
stakeholders within government, law enforcement and
private sector, acting with integrity and transparency at
all times.
•Ability to deploy experience of working with a range of diverse organisations to both develop and assure process
and operational delivery in the NCA.
•We are seeking people who can share their experience of:
Leading and managing large and complex organisations at
a senior level – preferably at Board-level or equivalent.
•Experience of working in a multi-agency environment and
in organisations undergoing significant change would be
•Building new capabilities to meet a changing need and/or threat. 
In addition for Role 1: Strategy and Operations, you will help the executive to shape the Agency's strategy, holding them to account for delivering it.
In addition, for Role 2: Finance, Performance and Governance, you must have an understanding of financial, audit and risk management
including generating efficiencies, reducing overheads and ensuring real value for money. 
You will also be a member of the CCAB (Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies) and/or be a qualified accountant.

Desirable criteria

•Experience of holding a Trustee and/or Board level role.

Application and selection process

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the application process which includes sending the information outlined below to should be completed no later than 23:59, on Sunday 26th November 2023.

Enter your CV details setting out your career history, including key responsibilities and achievements. It is essential that your CV reflects the role you are applying for. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any employment gaps within the last two years.

A statement of suitability (no more than 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provides evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

In order to monitor the effectiveness of the National Crime Agency’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy, the NCA require certain personal details about you on submission of your application. Please note that this will be treated in confidence and will not impact your application. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a diversity monitoring form. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select ‘prefer not to say’. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be provided to the selection panel. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming the most inclusive employer.

Completed applications should be submitted to

Overview of the application process

Longlisted candidates will be offered an opportunity to have a conversation with a member of the NCA senior team.
Following longlisting, a shortlisting meeting will be held in the week commencing Monday 4th December 2023 with successful candidates given more information about their final panel interview, which will be held face to face with the NCA in Spring Gardens, London in the week commencing Monday 18th December 2023. 
Final Panel Interview
You may be asked to deliver a presentation.
Full details of the assessment process will be made available to
shortlisted candidates.
A subsequent 1;1 interview may be offered following the final interview at the discretion of the vacancy holder.
Regardless of the outcome, we will notify all candidates as soon as possible.

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

No information available. 
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

These roles are open to all suitably qualified people.
For further information on whether you are eligible to apply, please visit

Security clearance

The successful candidates are required to obtain DV Enhanced Clearance for these roles.

Additional information for candidates

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. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends;
  2. INTEGRITY - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties;
  3. OBJECTIVITY - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit;
  4. ACCOUNTABILITY - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office;
  5. OPENNESS - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands;
  6. HONESTY - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest;
  7. LEADERSHIP - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

We will reimburse all reasonable expenses including T&S and further expenses in line with NCA policies.

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

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles or you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, please raise it with Naomi Amor, Deputy Director Human Resources by emailing

Contact details

If you have any questions about the role itself or would like to discuss the post and your fit within the organisation, please contact: Graeme Biggar, Director General by emailing