2x Lay Members of the Committee on Standards (Fixed Term up to Six Years)

House of Commons

London

  • Location

    London

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Central Government, Regulation

  • Salary

    £300 a day; Time commitment three to four days per month

  • Job ref

    GSe62798

  • Expiry date

    17 March 2020

  • Client

    House of Commons

Ref: GSe62798

The House of Commons was the first Parliament in the world to introduce independent scrutiny of MPs with the establishment of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards role and the appointment of lay members on its Committee on Standards.  Selected via open and fair competition, lay members have become an integral part of the Committee, bringing breadth of experience and external perspectives.  They play a full role in the Committee’s work, involved in both disciplinary cases and inquiries related to broader standards matters.

The Committee’s composition and constituents have evolved significantly since the introduction of lay members in 2012. The Committee initially included three lay members and 11 elected members; this was changed to equal numbers of each in 2016. Most recently, in January 2019, the House gave lay members full voting rights.

Two current lay members’ terms will expire in May 2020, and to replace them the House is seeking to appoint two talented individuals whose skills, perspectives and experience will enrich the Committee and its decision-making. If you are interested in the health of our democracy and want to play a part in helping to ensure that the public can be confident that MPs’ conduct is subject to effective scrutiny, then this might be an opportunity for you.

Lay members should bring experience of contributing to decision-making on sensitive matters where there were strong and contested views. Alongside this, proven ability to consider and review large volumes of information to reach sound, evidence-based judgments which take account of codes of conduct, rules or organisational context will also be vital. 

Personal qualities, too, are critical. Committee members must possess absolute integrity, and a proven commitment to diversity and inclusion. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate confidence and strength of character to manage situations both assertively and sensitively, and the resilience demanded by a context of heightened public interest.

Some track record of contributing in a regulatory or disciplinary environment may prove helpful to a candidate but is not essential.

Timetable
Closing date12 noon, Wednesday 18th March 2020
Longlist Meetingw/c Monday 30th March 2020
Preliminary InterviewsFrom w/c Monday 6th April 2020
Shortlist MeetingFrom w/c Monday 27th April 2020
Final Panelw/c Monday 18th May 2020
How to Apply

All applicants are required to provide the following:

  • A CV (maximum three sides of A4) including any unpaid or community achievements. 
  • A short supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the criteria for the role.  Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the essential experience criteria as well as showing how you meet the qualities and skills listed and any of the desirable criteria.
  • The names and contact details for two referees.  These must be people who know you well enough to comment on your suitability for the post and will be expected to have authoritative and personal knowledge of your achievements. References will be taken by telephone on all candidates selected for final interview as soon as the interview arrangements have been made. Referees should be advised accordingly. Please include the details in your CV.

As part of the online application process, you will also be asked to complete:

  • A conflicts of interest form.  Please give details of any business or other interests or any personal connections which, if you are appointed, could be misconstrued or cause embarrassment.  Any particular conflicts of interest detailed here will not prevent you going forward to interview but may, if appropriate, be explored with you during your interview to establish how you would address the issue(s) should you be successful in your application.
  • The political activity declaration.  This information will only be provided to the Panel for those applicants selected for interview.
  • A diversity monitoring form.  This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

  • The Administration is a committed Disability Confident employer and as such, operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for candidates with a disability. We are committed to interviewing all applicants with a disability who provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements necessary for the post, as set out in this applicant pack. 
  • To be eligible, your disability must be within the definition laid down in the Equality Act 2010.  A disabled person is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities.  For the purposes of this policy, these words have the following meanings:
  • ‘substantial’ means more than minor or trivial
  • ‘long-term’ means that the effect of the impairment has lasted, or is likely to last, 12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
  • ‘Normal day-to-day activities’ include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping.
  • Should you consider yourself eligible to apply for this post under the GIS, please download and complete the form available when you submit your application.
Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092