DfT advertises for deputy chair; new members

The Transport Secretary is seeking to appoint a Deputy Chair and up to four additional members who can enhance the work of the British Transport Police Authority through their skills, knowledge and experience. BTPA exists to ensure the effective policing of Britain’s railways by the British Transport Police, setting its strategy and targets, and allocated funding for its budget.

Deputy Chair

The Deputy Chair will undertake a lead role in the work of the Authority, assisting and deputising for the Chair where necessary. Applicants must show a record of leadership and achievement, experience of strategic management, and the ability to manage conflicting demands and points of view, and achieve consensus.

Ideally applicants will have experience of leading a police force at senior ACPO level.

The Deputy Chair post is fifty days a year for four years and is remunerated at £26,184 pa.

Please note that applications for this position closed at 5pm on 7 November 2011. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 28 November 2011.


New Members will have strategic management level experience of providing railway infrastructure or train services, either in an executive of non-executive capacity (2 posts), or senior level experience of work relating to passenger or consumer rights (2 posts, with one post to come from Scotland).

You will need to demonstrate highly developed team-working and interpersonal skills, integrity and sound judgement. A solid commitment to an equal opportunities and diversity agenda is paramount. Experience of engaging effectively with the commercial world is essential.

The Members posts are thirty days a year for four years and are remunerated at £15,750 pa.

Please note applications for this position closed at 5pm on 27 June 2011. Interviews were held 8 July 2011.

For more information contact

For further details or an application pack, contact [email protected] or call 020 7944 5332.

Alternatively, you can write to: Department for Transport, Zone 3/18, Great Minster House, 76 Marshma Street, London SW1P 4DR, specifying which post/s you are interested in.

About BTPA

BTPA is an independent body of that oversees the British Transport Police. It is composed of 15 members who represent the rail operators and passengers. It maintains the force’s budget, allocates resources and makes senior appointments to the force. For more information, visit www.btpa.police.uk.

British Transport Police is the specialist, national police service for Britain’s railways. It deals with major and minor crime, disorder and incidents, and covers the rail system in England, Wales and Scotland. Its police officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and support staff are recruited and trained like those of local forces and have the same powers.