Chief Executive

The Electoral Commission


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    16 February 2019

  • Client

    The Electoral Commission

Ref: GSe48658

We are the Electoral Commission, the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity. A small yet high-impact organisation, our work is wide-reaching and of significant public interest.

A compelling opportunity has arisen to lead our dedicated team as our next CEO. The role of the Commission has risen in importance - for politics, for the electoral community, and for the voter. From social media’s impact on political debate to increasing devolution of election powers, our work is at the heart of some of the most passionately discussed topics of the day.

You will inspire and lead our expert workforce, harnessing their commitment and capability to deliver on our strategic plans. You will ensure that the Commission is respected and trusted wherever it operates, building relationships across the breadth of our stakeholder community.

A sophisticated communicator with first-rate influencing skills, you are an experienced board-level operator with a track record of leadership, strategic thinking and innovation in a complex environment. Confident under scrutiny and resilient under pressure, you will impress us with your political acumen, with your sound judgment, and with your integrity.

Closing DateFriday 15 February 2019
Longlist meetingw/c Monday 18 February 2019
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySandersonfrom w/c Monday 18 February 2019
Shortlist meetingw/c Monday 4 March 2019
Psychometric assessments, staff engagement exercise, informal conversations with Sir John and media testingfrom w/c Monday 4 March 2019
Final panel intervieww/c Monday 18 March 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • A comprehensive CV (no more than two sides of A4).
  • A detailed supporting statement that addresses the Essential and Desirable Criteria as set out in the Person Specification as far as you are able (no more than 2 sides of A4).
  • Details of two referees whom we would be able to contact at shortlist stage.
  • A completed Political Activity Form and Conflict of Interest Declaration, which can be found as separate documents on the GatenbySanderson website.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring page after submitting your application. The information on this page will be treated as confidential, and used for statistical purposes only. This information will not be treated as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 February 2019.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please email Julie Smith at

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, then Mark Turner or Jemima Dalgliesh would be pleased to take your call on 0207 426 3983 or 07393 013 066 respectively. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

Contact details
Jemima Dalgliesh: 07393 013 066

Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092