Lay Member, Committee on Standards (Fixed Term up to Six Years)

House of Commons

London

  • Location

    London

  • Job type

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Regulation

  • Salary

    £600 per day

  • Job ref

    GSe71189

  • Client

    House of Commons

Ref: GSe71189

Time commitment three to four days per month

Fixed Term up to Six Years

The UK Parliament was the first 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 to the House of Commons 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, equal in numbers to the MPs on the Committee and with full voting rights, involved in both disciplinary cases and inquiries related to broader standards matters.

The House of Commons is seeking to appoint a talented individual whose skills, perspectives and experience will enrich the Committee and its decision-making.

Lay members should bring experience of contributing to decision-making on sensitive matters where there were strong and contested views; and of working with colleagues to come to an agreed approach. 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 be vital.  Experience of working strategically with or within complex environments to develop and improve systems and processes is also essential, as are a general understanding of Parliament’s role in a representative democracy, and the role of MPs.  Other required qualities, including personal ones, are set out in the information pack available to candidates.

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

Lay members must be, and be seen to be, politically neutral. They must demonstrate complete impartiality during their time on the Committee and should not during their term of office undertake any party-political activity or belong or donate to a political party. Please note that individuals are ineligible for this role if they are current or former MPs or Peers or if they have been involved in party political activity  or have been a member of or donated to a political party during the 12 months before their application was submitted.

or contact laymemberhoc@gatenbysanderson.com. Further detail regarding registration of interests and eligibility are contained in the candidate pack.

Please Note:

These appointments require the highest standards of propriety, involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity, in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the oversight and management of all related activities. This means that any private, voluntary, charitable, or political interest which might be material and relevant to the work of the body concerned should be declared. It is important, therefore, that you consider your circumstances when applying for this appointment and identify any potential conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived.

There is a requirement to declare any actual or potential conflict of interest you may have in being appointed in a separate form.  Any actual or perceived conflicts of interest will be fully explored by the Panel at interview stage.

A key stage of the recruitment process is that the successful candidate's appointment will be debated in the House of Commons, a public event where their CV may be discussed.  Candidates should be aware of this.

Recruitment Timetable


Closing Date
12 noon, Friday 5 March 2021


Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 22 March 2021


Preliminary Interviews
From w/c Monday 22 March 2021


Shortlist Meeting
From w/c Monday 12 April 2020


Final Panel
w/c Monday 19 April 2021


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.  For background on this, see above under ‘Eligibility’.
  • A diversity monitoring form.  This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application and will appear onscreen when you apply. It is NOT a separate attachment.

A key stage of the recruitment process is that the successful candidate's appointment will be debated in the House of Commons, a public event where their CV may be discussed.  Candidates should be aware of this.

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 complete the form available on the GatenbySanderson website when you submit your application.

Documents

  1. Appendix-Conflicts-of-Interest-Form.docx
  2. Appendix-Political-Activity-Questionnaire-Form.docx
  3. GIS Scheme 2020.docx
  4. Frequently Asked Questions.pdf