Our work will ensure that the economy grows strongly in all parts of the country, based on a robust industrial strategy and that the UK has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. It will encourage investment and innovation that fully uses the UK science base; and enable a whole economy approach to deliver our climate change ambitions. We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree.
As a department we draw on the best available evidence to develop policy solutions from investment in innovative companies; to reducing energy bills for households; to promoting competitive markets and consumer interests; to reducing carbon emissions. We create the conditions for companies and consumers to flourish in a green, open, productive economy - which is vital for the future success of our country.
Through our network of partner organisations we deliver services to thousands of businesses, and customers every day – delivering weather reports by the Met Office, registering new businesses at Companies House and protecting intellectual property at the Intellectual Property Office. The UKAEA carries out leading edge fusion research and the Coal Authority and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) restores and protects our environment.
The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the set-up, launch and management of the new Regulatory Horizons Council, a new expert Committee arising from a commitment contained in the recent White Paper Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This White Paper set out our plan to maintain the UK’s world-leading regulatory system during this period of rapid technological change. It committed to establishing a Regulatory Horizons Council to identify the implications of technological innovation and advise the government on regulatory reform needed to support its rapid and safe introduction. The Council will:
• Scan the horizon for technological innovation and trends, building on existing work and data across government;
• Work with innovators, civil society, regulators and others to identify high-potential products, services and business models and the broad implications for people, business and the environment; and
• Advise government on broad priorities for regulatory reform in order to facilitate the rapid and safe introduction of emerging products, services and business models.
The Council is currently at a very early stage of set-up and the post holder will be crucial to ensuring that this organisation is successful in its first year of operations. In addition to recruitment and governance, this will require hands-on engagement in establishing effective futures methodologies and working closely with relevant horizon scanning bodies across Whitehall to ensure that our analytical experts are working with the best possible source material.
The post holder will also be responsible for the international division of the Better Regulation Executive. The UK enjoys a strong reputation internationally for the quality of our regulatory management tools and practices. We are also an active participant in shaping the debate internationally about the future of better regulation. The team leads on a number of key projects to further these aims, including:
• Preparing to negotiate the Good Regulatory Practice and Regulatory Co-operation chapters in future trade agreements;
• Leading on the Government response to the OECD’s recent report and recommendations for how the UK should improve its international regulatory co-operation policy and practice, including co-ordination of any practical changes required within Whitehall;
• Participation in the Commonwealth regulatory strand to increase intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 trillion by 2030, including a future key milestone in 2020 of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting;
• Sponsorship of an active partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, including line management of a G6 secondee based overseas;
• Acting as SRO for a key strand of the Regulatory Diplomacy Agenda, a new workstream governed by the Global Britain Board.
The post-holder will lead a team of about 15 staff and be part of the wider BRE leadership team. The post requires senior engagement within BEIS, cross-Whitehall, and with external stakeholders both domestically and internationally. The team has frequent engagement with the OECD, World Bank and World Economic Forum, as well as a series of important bilateral partners. Some international travel will be required.