The recruitment campaign for the inaugural Chair of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has begun today (10 August).
The successful candidate will be the ‘driving force’ behind this new green governance body, according to Defra.
The aim of the OEP is to independently scrutinise and advise the Government to ensure it sets and meets ambitious targets to improve our environment.
It will also have the power to run its own independent investigations and enforce environmental law.
This new and independent body needs a strong leader who has the passion and commitment needed to deliver real and lasting change for our precious environment, and I encourage all those who fit the bill to apply
The Office for Environmental Protection will monitor the Government’s progress towards improving the natural environment and will investigate complaints regarding failures of public bodies to comply with environmental law.
This body will be legislated for through the landmark Environment Bill, which sets out to enshrine environmental principles into law and introduce measures to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive, according to Defra.
The legislation is currently passing through Parliament, with the watchdog scheduled for creation in 2021, subject to the Bill gaining Royal Assent.
According to the public appointment information, Defra is search for a candidate that:
- Is a credible and authoritative figure, able to communicate effectively on behalf of the OEP and build confidence across multiple sectors.
- Has the ability to understand, influence, and lead within a complex political or administrative system, corporate or public body, while remaining objective and evidence led.
- Has the ability to guide the strategic direction of the OEP as a new and innovative organisation; lead the board to reach well-considered decisions, maximising the contribution of its members; and, provide support or challenge to the Executive members as appropriate.
- Has the ability to demonstrate a good understanding, or the ability to attain that understanding swiftly, of the focus of the OEP’s work, along with an understanding of the relative fields of expertise involved.
The salary for the position is stated as c.£56,000 per annum for the time-equivalent of working a minimum of two days per week.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “Protecting and enhancing our natural environment is a greater priority than ever before, so it is essential both present and future governments are held to account on our environmental targets.
“This new and independent body needs a strong leader who has the passion and commitment needed to deliver real and lasting change for our precious environment, and I encourage all those who fit the bill to apply.”
Further information about the vacancy and how to apply can be found on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website.