Chief Executive Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
The Gangmasters Licensing Authority was formed in 2006 following the Morecambe Bay tragedy in which, two years before, 23 Chinese cockle pickers were drowned. We licence “gangmasters” – labour agencies – who supply workers in the farming, horticulture, shellfish gathering and food packing industries. In 2017, re-named the Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority, our reach was expanded and we now have Police and Criminal Evidence Act powers to investigate forced or compulsory labour as defined by the Modern Slavery Act wherever it occurs. Sadly, there is plenty for us to do.
We are seeking to appoint a Chief Executive who is responsible to the GLAA Chair and Board for executive leadership, day to day management and for the performance of the organisation. The Chief Executive is also the GLAA Accounting Officer with statutory accountabilities to the Home Office Accounting Officer, and ultimately to Parliament.
GLAA is in the midst of a significant period of change in a high profile area which attracts significant political and public attention and global scrutiny. Its success will be judged upon its ability both to deliver this change and to continue to deliver day to day results in the areas where its reputation is founded, maintaining its core mission to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.
To be successful in this role you will have significant experience of leadership and people management within a high profile, complex organisation with a track record of leading and managing organisational development and operational change coupled with a good understanding of employment regulation and experience of enforcing standards within a regulatory and/or inspection environment.