Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department for Transport

Location: Southampton

Salary: Up to £130,000

Closing Date: 22.08.2022

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) responsible for developing and implementing the Government’s strategy for maritime safety and environmental protection, working in close collaboration with the DfT and a wide range of customers and stakeholders.

The MCA’s overarching purpose is to lead Britain’s maritime sector and those who use our waters to a world of safer lives, safer ships and cleaner seas while supporting:

 The DfT to deliver the Government’s Maritime 2050 objectives.
 The domestic and international maritime industry’s journey towards safe decarbonisation.
 The growth of the Great British Maritime Economy.

In addition to being the principal maritime regulator, the MCA’s major responsibilities include:

 The production of maritime legislation and guidance alongside the provision of safety checks and certification for ships and seafarers
 The provision of 24-hour maritime & coastal emergency response throughout the UK
 The promotion of maritime safety
 The protection of the maritime environment
 The encouragement of growth in the maritime sector
 The advancement of the sector and the mitigation of risk by working closely with the industry.

MCA has a long and distinguished past and a challenging future. With direct accountability to the Secretary of State for Transport, and reporting to DfT’s Director General, Aviation, Maritime and Security, the new Chief Executive will develop and promote the future strategic direction for the Agency. They will build trusting relationships with a wide range of stakeholders - including Ministers, DfT and wider government, international counterparts, and industry - while providing inspirational leadership to a nationally dispersed, 4,500-strong organisation.

We are looking for an empowering senior leader with a capable intellect, able to articulate a clear strategic vision for the future and deliver lasting change with the support of a large, geographically dispersed, operational delivery team.

You will need to be resilient and possessed of the judgement and ‘nous’ to navigate complex political and policy environments. Your sophisticated communication and influencing skills will help you gain and maintain the confidence of your stakeholders, whether those be in government or industry. Experience of working closely with the maritime sector, and with or for government, is not essential.

If you can bring the inspirational leadership we need to secure the MCA’s future and deliver its objectives, then this unique role could be the right next step for you.

To find out more and to apply, please click Apply Now or for a confidential conversation, please contact advising consultants at GatenbySanderson:

 Jo Mason,
 Julie Myers,
 Michael Dobson,

Closing date for applications: 23:55 on Monday 22nd August 2022.

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