New specialist advisor for maritime strategy inquiry required

21 June 2013

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is looking for a maritime expert to provide specialist advice on a consultancy basis

Applicants should be prepared to provide expert advice to committee members on maritime matters on request, both in writing and in oral presentations. Advice may be requested generally (for example, to help explain how the Tonnage Tax works and its impact on shipping) or in relation to a specific committee inquiry (for example, to read and comment on written evidence, suggest witnesses for oral evidence and help with the preparation of briefing notes and draft reports). Successful applicants will work closely with committee support staff in the preparation of advice, briefing material and reports for the committee, particularly in relation to the Committee’s forthcoming maritime strategy inquiry.


The successful applicant will:

  • have a profound understanding of public policy issues relating to the maritime sector and good contacts with the main players in the industry;
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrable experience of working with politicians and/or senior decision makers;
  • be able to attend committee meetings in London when required to do so and to work to tight deadlines; and
  • respect the confidentiality of committee proceedings.

Chair's comments

Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, said:

“A specialist adviser can provide invaluable assistance to the committee in getting to grips with Government policy on maritime issues. In return, he or she can gain an insight into the work of Parliament, and the vital scrutiny function of a select committee.”

Information and notes for those wishing to apply

The appointment is for 12 months, with the option of renewal at the end of this period. Advisers are paid for the days they work for the committee plus expenses. Rates are dependent upon experience and knowledge.

Anyone who is interested in taking this role is asked to provide a statement of no more than 750 words (a) giving examples of how they meet the criteria listed above and (b) suggesting, with reasons, three issues which the Committee should focus on in its new inquiry on the Government’s maritime strategy.

Applicants should send their statements and a current CV to the Transport Select Committee at by Monday 15 July.

For further information, please contact Mark Egan, Committee Clerk, on 020 7219 6242 or

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