Commissioners for Standards (five days a month)

House of Lords


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £90,000 per annum, pro-rata

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  • Expiry date

    20 February 2021

  • Client

    House of Lords

Ref: GSe70033

The House of Lords expects the highest standards of conduct from its members. It has a robust Code of Conduct, which has been significantly reformed over the years. Most recently, in April 2019, the provisions of the Code were extended to cover allegations of bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct, in addition to other issues such as registration and disclosure of interests.

The House relies on the expertise of its independent Commissioner for Standards to consider, investigate and report on complaints that the Code of Conduct may have been breached. The most recent extension of the Code has increased the caseload being dealt with by the current Commissioner, whose non-renewable term ends on 31 May 2021. The House is therefore now seeking to replace the current incumbent with two Commissioners for Standards.  

This is challenging, often high-profile, work—and it has an essential role to play in securing public confidence in the House.

These roles require individuals with senior level records of achievement within complex organisations in the public, private, or not-for-profit sectors.  Candidates will have strong experience of investigative type work alongside excellent analytical and decision-making skills, and the ability to produce clear reports. You will need to be comfortable working under close parliamentary, media and public scrutiny and able to show how you have handled often very sensitive allegations of the above nature, as well as questions of equality, diversity, and inclusion, with tact and discretion. Candidates will convince that they can inspire respect and confidence at all levels of the House on account of their excellent judgement and communication skills, and that they will undertake the role with the utmost personal integrity, fairness, and independence.

For an informal discussion please contact Jemima Dalgliesh on 07393 013 066 or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
5pm Wednesday 10 February 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 15 February 2021

Preliminary Interviews
From w/c Monday 15 February 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 1 March 2021

Final Panel
w/c Monday 15 March 2021

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following:

  • A CV setting out your full career history (no longer than three A4 pages), with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than three A4 pages) setting out how your experience, skills, and qualities meet the essential and desirable criteria as set out in the person specification.
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form – this will appear onscreen when you submit your application. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way.
  • 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. 

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form when you complete your application.

In line with the House of Lords’ commitment to inclusion and diversity the panel will receive ‘blind’ applications and reports. This means that any detail revealing the gender, ethnicity or age of candidates will be redacted. To support this, we would appreciate it if candidates drafted their applications in the first and not the third person, and if candidates avoided inclusion of the following items: photographs; date of birth; name of educational institution if single sex school or college attended.


  1. Appendix-Conflicts-of-Interest-Form.docx
  2. Appendix-Political-Activity-Questionnaire-Form.docx
  3. GIS Scheme 2020.docx


Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092