Chief Executive Officer

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Flexible, currently with London office and regular national travel

  • Location Flexible, currently with London office and regular national travel
  • Sector Central Government
  • Client Local Government Boundary Commission for England
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration circa £100,000 + civil service pension arrangements
  • Reference GSe99735
  • Closing Date Monday 26th June 2023

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) undertakes boundary reviews of all of England’s principal local authorities. It is accountable to the Speaker’s Committee of the House of Commons, which approves its budget estimate for each year and rolling five-year plan. Whilst relatively small in size, it is significant in its impact and plays a crucial role in keeping local electoral arrangements in good order. The nature of its work means that it attracts a considerable level of scrutiny at local, national, public, and political levels.

The current post holder is retiring, and the Commission is now looking for a new Chief Executive – one who will build upon a well-respected reputation. S/he will lead in the next stage of continuous improvement and further development of the ‘one team approach’ to deliver high-quality and timely electoral reviews.

This role requires someone who can ‘think big’ and ‘act small’ - finding the right balance between operational leadership, strategic development, and effective stakeholder management; someone who can turn strategy into action, whilst not neglecting a focus on detail. Credibility, confidence, and trust underpin all of the Commission’s work.

People are at the centre of the organisation, and a crucial challenge for this individual will be ensuring that they take people with them, creating a genuinely collegiate and collaborative culture.   

You will bring a level of leadership experience and personal values that will help you ensure that the Commission delivers fairness and equality, with a level of transparency and integrity that is unquestionable. Candidates should have significant strategic leadership experience in an environment where complexity and public scrutiny are the norm, but also have the credibility and ability to advise and challenge staff and Commissioners to improve continuously. Fundamentally, the Commission is seeking experience and perspectives that will enable the new Chief Executive to navigate a complex set of external relationships and build positive partnerships quickly alongside the resilience needed to overcome some of the more challenging engagements.  The Commission is open to a diverse range of experience, from either the public or private sector environments, but with a visible connection with, and commitment to, the values of the stakeholders with whom the Commission works.

This is an exciting new chapter for the Commission. To learn more about the organisation - its role and its challenges and how to apply - or to speak to our partners at GatenbySanderson (Nadia Khan or Michael Dobson) please see their website at

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