Chief Executive Recruitment


1. Can I apply if I am not currently a civil servant?

Yes. This role is open to suitably qualified people in the external market and to existing civil servants and those in accredited Non Departmental Bodies.

2. Is this role permanent?

This role is being offered on a 5 year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of extension.

3. Is this role suitable for part-time working?

This is a full-time role. However, flexible working arrangements would be considered but you should discuss your needs with GatenbySanderson.

4. Will the role involve travel?

Travel between our offices (London, Glasgow and Cardiff) will be required for this role.

5. Where will the role be based?

If successful you will be based in London or Glasgow.

6. Can I claim back any expenses incurred during the recruitment process?

No. Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse you, except in exceptional circumstances and only when agreed in advance.

7. What nationality do I need to hold in order to apply?

To be eligible for employment to this role you must be a national from the following countries:

  • The United Kingdom
  • The Republic of Ireland
  • The Commonwealth* 
  • A European Economic Area (EEA) Member State 
  • Switzerland 
  • Turkey

Certain family members of EEA, Switzerland and Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply regardless of their nationality.

(*Commonwealth citizens not yet in the UK, who have no right of abode in the UK and who do not have leave to enter the UK are ineligible to apply.)

For further information on whether you are eligible to apply, please visit Gov.UK.

8. Is security clearance required?

Yes.  On entry to the Civil Service we will carry out Scotland Disclosure, CIFAS and Civil Service Internal Fraud (IFD) checks for this role. SC clearance may be sought in future.

9. What reasonable adjustments can be made if I have a disability?

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments in order to support disabled job applicants and ensure that you are not disadvantaged in the recruitment and assessment process. Reasonable adjustments could include; allowing extra time during selection tests; ensuring that information is provided in an accessible format or; by providing training.

If you feel that you may need a reasonable adjustment to be made, or you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact us in the first instance.

If you wish to receive a hard copy of the information, or in an alternative format e.g. Audio, Braille or large font then please contact:

If you cannot apply online, please post your application to:

Emma Clark


14, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL.

Please quote the vacancy reference number on the envelope.

10. What is the role of the Civil Service Commission in relation to recruitment into the Civil Service?

The Civil Service has two primary functions:

  • to provide assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. For the most senior posts in the Civil Service, the Commission discharges its responsibilities directly by overseeing the recruitment process and by a Commissioner chairing the selection panel.
  • to hear and determine appeals made by civil servants under the Civil Service Code which sets out the Civil Service values – Honesty, Integrity, Impartiality and Objectivity – and forms part of the relationship between civil servants and their employer.

11. Will this role be overseen by the Civil Service Commission?

Yes. As this role is one of the more senior posts within the Civil Service, a Commissioner will oversee the recruitment process and chair the selection panel.

More detailed information can be found on the Civil Service Commission website.

12. What do I do if I want to make a complaint?

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles, which can be found at:

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Caroline Byrne (at in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission (at:

13. What should I do if I think that I have a conflict of interest?

Candidates must note the requirement to declare any interests that might cause questions to be raised about their approach to the business of the Department.

Ofgem will need to consider whether such conflicts would prevent the offer of appointment, and the position on candidates’ present or past posts – or affiliations - within the energy sector would need to be looked at carefully.

If you believe that you may have a conflict of interest please contact before submitting your application.