Boundary Commission for England - Members

Body: Boundary Commission for England
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Communities, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: To be based in London but applications accepted from all regions
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £505.50 per day
Time Requirements: These are part time appointments. It is anticipated that Members will be expected to commit to around 3 to 4 days a year during periods outside of Boundary Reviews, and around 12 to 15 days a year during Boundary Reviews.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Rt Hon David Lidington MP, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, has approved the appointment of Colin Byrne and Sarah Hamilton as Members of the Boundary Commission for England, both with effect from 1 July 2019 for a period of five years.

Date: 13/06/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/01/2019 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    13/06/2019 at 12:00


Assessment Panel

  • Peter Lee Added 12/12/2018

    Panel Chair

    Director, Constitution Group • Departmental Official

    Peter Lee was appointed Director of the Cabinet Office's Constitution Group in September 2017.

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  • Sir Andrew Nicol Added 14/11/2018

    Deputy Chair, Boundary Commission for England • Representative of Organisation

    As the Deputy Chair of the Boundary Commission for England (BCE), Sir Andrew Nicol leads the BCE in the conduct of a review. Sir Andrew Nicol is a serving Judge of the High Court.

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  • Colleen Harris Added 13/11/2018

    Consultant • Independent Member

    With more than 25 years’ experience, ranging from the British Royal Household, via Downing Street, to international NGOs, Colleen Harris has a strong track record of working in high-profile media and communications roles. This professional experience is complemented by a broad portfolio of trusteeships and non-executive director roles in the arts, education and health.

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Vacancy Description

Post 1: it is highly desirable for candidates to have professional legal experience, ideally in a local government, planning or public administration context.

Post 2: it is desirable for candidates to have a background in a local government, planning or public administration context.

The role of Members will involve:

  • Attending meetings of the Boundary Commission for England.
  • Undertaking visits to areas as part of the review process, as required.
  • Formulating proposals according to the remit of the legislation governing the Boundary Commission for England.
  • Following the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
  • Complying with the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, and ensure they understand their duties, rights and responsibilities and that they are familiar with the function and role of the Boundary Commission for England.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to take an independent, evenly balanced view and demonstrate political neutrality.
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate information effectively and come to a reasoned conclusion.
  • Be able to work successfully in a small team.
  • Be skilled in communication and negotiation.
  • Have a good knowledge of the different tiers of government in England and the services they provide.
  • Have a clear understanding and commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Additional Information

Members can claim for reasonable travel and subsistence expenses necessarily incurred while performing their duties at rates set centrally by Cabinet Office.


How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this post, please supply the following:

  • a CV setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications (maximum 2 pages);
  • a covering letter which demonstrates that you have the requirements for the post that you are applying for and the skills required as set out in the candidate profile (maximum 2 pages);
  • a diversity monitoring form;
  • a conflict of interest form;
  • Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (if applicable).

Please submit your application via one of the following methods by 5pm on 31 January 2019:


Post: Peter Richardson

Cabinet Office

4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

Public Appointment Boundary Commission for England Information Pack
Diversity Monitoring form
Conflict of Interest form
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
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