The Electoral Commission


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £71,805 for two days per week, plus reasonable expenses

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    19 November 2020

  • Client

    The Electoral Commission

Ref: GSe68281

This role is a uniquely fascinating opportunity to have a direct and personal impact on the future of our democracy as the Electoral Commission’s next Chair. The Electoral Commission is a body independent of government which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity, reporting direct to parliament.

A small yet high-impact organisation, the Commission’s work is wide-reaching and of significant public interest. Its role has risen in importance - for politics, for those administering elections, and for voters. From social media’s impact on political debate to increasing devolution of election powers, its work is at the heart of some of the most passionately discussed topics of the day.

The Commission’s new Chair will play a critical role in leading the regulator through the challenges and opportunities ahead, while building and maintaining trust. In this environment, issues are complex, and views are strongly held. The Chair will shape the organisation’s strategy, bringing their experience, understanding, wisdom, and independence to bear to ensure the Commission acts consistently and fairly, promoting the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. They will be an advocate for the Commission and its work, ensuring that its decisions are understood and respected by the public, by politicians, by parties, and by the media.

You are an inspiring senior leader with experience working independently and commanding confidence at the highest levels. Credible and authoritative, your communication skills are excellent. You can demonstrate an ability to lead and shape the strategic direction of a complex and changing organisation, communicating issues and decisions accessibly and transparently to diverse audiences. You will impress us with your capacity to exercise sound judgement and to provide impartial, objective, and pragmatic advice, and with your commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, your understanding of the political context, and your integrity.

Closing date12 noon Friday 20 November 2020
Long listingw/c Monday 23 November 2020
Preliminary interviewsPost long-listing
Short listingw/c Monday 7 December 2020
Final panelw/c 4 January 2021
How to apply

If you wish to apply for this post, please supply: 

  • A comprehensive CV (no more than two sides of A4)
  • A Supporting Statement (maximum two sides of A4), outlining how you meet the essential criteria in the Person Specification. Please note that the Supporting Statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV
  • Please also complete the Political Activity Form (Appendix A in the candidate information pack)

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring page. 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. 

Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092