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Open Vacancy: Non-Executive Director


Open Vacancy:

The Role

Non-Executive Director

The Dover Harbour Board is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director to work with the Board and Executives in implementing the ongoing Port strategy.  

The Port of Dover handles millions of passengers, vehicles and tonnes of cargo every year. We are proud to be recognised as Europe’s busiest and most successful ferry port and to have thriving cruise, cargo and marina businesses. Our history is vast and the Port is continually developing to ensure our future. To oversee this, the Dover Harbour Board is responsible for the overall management and development of the Port, including the operation of the cargo and passenger terminals, the maintenance of harbour facilities and infrastructure, and the promotion of economic growth in the region.

About the Role:

The Dover Harbour Board is looking for a new Non-Executive Director that is excited by our plans to turn the Port of Dover into Britain’s Number One gateway port. 

The role is remunerated and appointments are for a 3 year term with a further 3 year term extension possible with the approval of the board.

This important leadership position requires clear strategic and analytical thinking twinned with an ability to shape decisions across a competitive business spectrum that includes investment and asset management, digitalisation and funding as well as ensuring excellent customer delivery and consideration of a multitude of stakeholders. 

Bringing your experience to the board table, you will join a team that is shaping and embracing the Board’s transformative thinking as we adopt technologies and build infrastructure to revolutionise the Port over the next 5 years. By doing so you will join a board that stewards this national business asset that remains vital to the UK’s economy.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Attributes:

  • Wide and relevant experience at senior levels in organisations of comparable complexity, profile and prominence to the Dover Harbour Board. Those organisations should be of good standing and espouse the principles of good corporate governance
  • Company board (or equivalent) experience in their executive career, in roles with commercial and/or financial responsibility
  • A track record in business growth and be able to support the Board and the Executive team in attracting new customers to the Port
  • Prior experience as a Non-Executive Director in a commercial setting
  • Experience of the delivery of infrastructure programmes and projects
  • Experience of real asset management (for example land and property) to be able to add value to the Board with its strategic plans for the Port’s property portfolio
  • Corporate finance and debt capital market issuance knowledge would be advantageous as the Dover Harbour Board looks to move into the next phase of funding capex projects
  • Knowledge of the maritime or logistics industries whilst not essential would be an additional useful attribute

It is essential that candidates are able to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • An assured, measured style, able to engender the confidence of Board peers and the Executive
  • A dynamic mindset, comfortable with a change environment, to help and support with the Port’s plans to move into a more tech-enabled future
  • Commitment to working as part of a team which is engaged and ambitious for the Port
  • An ability to formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way
  • Diversity of thought, with the ability to contribute effectively and constructively challenge in group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals
  • Excellent internal and external communication skills
  • Sufficient scope and availability to attend such Board meetings, Committee meetings and additional forum meetings as required
  • Commitment to the seven principles of public service as set out by Lord Nolan and contained in paragraph 3.17 of the Ports Good Governance Guide published by the Department for Transport

How to apply:

We’ve appointed Norman Broadbent to help us recruit for this role. To find out more or to apply, please contact:

Ruth Ware, Associate Researcher

Closing Date: 15th January 2024

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