Chief Executive The Electoral Commission

London (Central), London (Greater)
£198,000 pa
25 Oct 2023
27 Nov 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Chief Executive
The Electoral Commission

Salary: £198,000 pa
Location: The Commission operates flexible working. While this post will be able to work flexibly and there is scope for the post-holder to be based anywhere within the UK it is anticipated that the Chief Executive will need to spend a large proportion of their time in the Commission’s office in London. Travel around the United Kingdom will also be required.

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It promotes public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity. A small yet high-impact organisation, our work is wide-reaching and of significant public interest. Over the coming four years, the Commission will oversee the delivery of an
important cycle of polls and implementation of the Elections Act 2022. It will regulate the rules on political finance, in the context of increasingly complex campaigning techniques and growing public concerns. It will also continue to play a crucial role in coordinating, leading and informing debate to ensure the resilience of our democratic process.

The Role
An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead our dedicated team as our next Chief Executive. The role of the Commission has risen in importance and, over the next year, we will support the delivery of local and mayoral elections, with a UK General Election also on the short term
horizon. With ongoing changes driven by the digital revolution and the way in which voters are engaging with the system - from social media’s impact on political debate to increasing devolution of election powers, our work is at the heart of some of the most passionately discussed topics of the day. You will inspire and lead our expert workforce, harnessing their commitment and capability to deliver on our strategic plans. You will promote and deliver
critical change and improvement, reimagining how the Commission functions and ensure that its voice is heard, respected and trusted wherever it operates. A key element of the role will be building and maintaining relationships across the breadth of our stakeholder community.

Your Background
You will be an exceptional strategic thinker able to lead the organisation in developing and implementing a plan for change over the next five year cycle. A successful relationship builder, you will be able to build credibility with stakeholders across the electoral system, in local and central government at beyond, and to the highest levels. Your ability to create a well-
motivated, dynamic and mutually supportive team, including both non-executive members of the Board and staff working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, will be the cornerstone for success. You will understand the role and value of a regulator and, regardless of your professional background, show an understanding of how effective regulation works in practice. You will be people focused, committed to our mission and able to deliver positive results through the teams that you lead.
We would like to continuously increase the diversity of our employees. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates are particularly welcomed.

This is a critical and exciting role at the heart of safeguarding the UK electoral process. If you think you are the person we are looking for, or for more details and a confidential discussion about the role and your suitability, please apply here or contact Matt Malone ( or Duncan Ewart
( of GatenbySanderson.
Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 27 November 2023