Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life

Body: Committee on Standards in Public Life
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Non-pensionable daily fee £500
Time Requirements: 5/6 days per month


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

Lord Evans of Weardale has been appointed as the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Date: 25/10/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    01/06/2018 - 12:00 noon

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Sir Gerry Grimstone Added 01/05/2018

    Panel Chair

    Former Senior Civil Servant; businessman • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Helen MacNamara Added 01/05/2018

    Director General, Cabinet Office • Departmental Official

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  • Sir Bernard Jenkin MP Added 01/05/2018

    Member of Parliament, Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The Prime Minister invites applications for the position of Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is an independent, advisory non-departmental public body established in 1994. The Committee advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in England. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders and makes recommendations as to changes in present arrangements.

The Committee is currently reviewing MPs’ outside interests and has also commenced a new piece of work looking at ethical standards in local government. The Committee recently published its high profile and well-received report on intimidation in public life.

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Person Specification

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • An understanding of, and personal commitment to, upholding the highest standards of public life in line with the seven principles set out by the Committee;
  • Ability to lead a diverse team of influential people and a degree of judgement appropriate to leading a Committee which investigates and reports on sensitive and high-profile issues involving ethical standards in all areas of public life;
  • The ability to command the confidence of Ministers, Parliament, senior government and private sector officials and the public; including the ability to effectively deliver difficult or unwelcome messages;
  • Strong communication skills, including managing the media, and the ability to act as a spokesperson for the committee;
  • Analytical ability and the experience and capacity to examine issues in a politically impartial way; and
  • A familiarity with and understanding of the workings of government and Parliament

Additional Information

In accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, all applicants are asked to complete a declaration about any political activity in the past five years. The declaration only asks for information that is already in the public domain; it does not ask for personal or private information such as membership of political parties or voting preferences.

Timing, time commitment and remuneration

The Chair is appointed by the Prime Minister on a five year non-renewable term (although if an inquiry is ongoing a short extension may be agreed).

A non-pensionable daily fee of £500 is payable. The Chair is expected to commit an average of 5/6 days a month, although this can increase significantly during inquiries.

Interviews are expected to take place in late May. The pre-appointment hearing for the preferred candidate is likely to be in June 2018. Requests for references will be sought only if you are selected for interview.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is midday on 1 June 2018. (Extended from 22 May)

To apply for this role, please submit:

  • full CV (maximum 2 pages);
  • accompanying letter (maximum 2 pages) which sets out how you meet the candidate profile;
  • completed monitoring forms.

Please submit your application either:

by email to:

by post to:
Lynsey Aylmer, Propriety and Ethics Team
Room 208
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall

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