Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (5 Year Fixed Term Contract)

House of Commons

Parliamentary Estate with remote working

  • Location

    Parliamentary Estate with remote working

  • Job type

    Fixed Term Contract

  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    c.£128,000

  • Job ref

    GSe85601

  • Expiry date

    19 April 2022

  • Client

    House of Commons

Ref: GSe85601

The House of Commons was the first parliamentary chamber in the world to introduce independent scrutiny of MPs with the establishment of the role of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. This was created in 1995 to ensure independent consideration and investigation of allegations against Members.

The current Commissioner’s term ends in December 2022 and so the House is now looking to appoint her successor. Alongside the investigatory remit, the Commissioner is responsible for reviewing the MPs’ Code of Conduct in each Parliament and making recommendations for any change. Since 2018 the Commissioner has also had responsibility for overseeing investigations into bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct under the House’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme. The Commissioner’s role is a demanding one but is also a unique opportunity to play an active role in building confidence in our parliamentary democracy. 

 

The role requires someone with a successful track record at a senior level within a complex organisation in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. There is no prescribed background for the Commissioner, but your professional track record will inspire confidence in your ability to lead and ensure independent, robust, evidence-based and timely investigations. Whatever your background, you will be able to demonstrate your proven ability to make decisions in complex and sensitive matters as well as show how you have successfully managed relationships with a range of senior stakeholders. 

Personal qualities will also be important. You will need strength of character and good judgement and will have the confidence and resilience to work under close parliamentary, media and public scrutiny.

Recruitment Timetable


Closing date
Tuesday 19 April 2022


Longlisting interviews
w/c 25 April 2022 for two weeks


Panel interviews, followed by report to final interview board
Wednesday 18 May 2022


Interviews by members of the House of Commons Commission.
w/c 23 May 2022


How to apply

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards will be selected on the basis of a combination of a written application and interview. 
Applications should be submitted no later than the closing date of Tuesday 19 April 2022.

All applicants are required to provide the following:

• A CV (maximum three sides of A4) with your full employment history as well as any unpaid or community activity.

• 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 criteria listed.

• 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 panel 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 are asked to complete:

• A diversity monitoring form. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

• A conflicts of interest form.

• A political activity declaration.

For an informal discussion please contact PSC@gatenbysanderson.com.

Further detail regarding registration of interests and eligibility are contained in the candidate pack.