Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Body: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Appointing Department: House of Commons
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: Flexible with regular travel to London
Skills required: Change Management, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £700 a day
Time Requirements: Two days a week

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/04/2021 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    03/06/2021 and 07/06/2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Being Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is a role like no other and now is an exciting time to join an organisation that is embarking on a major programme of transformation, with a real desire to put customer service at the forefront of its regulatory functions.

IPSA’s mission is to enable MPs to focus on what really matters by providing an exemplary, seamless regulatory service, underpinning its purpose of supporting democracy with great service, fair rules and wise spending.

Its purpose, mission and values are all newly defined through extensive internal and external engagement and IPSA have recently secured additional funding through the Speaker’s Committee for IPSA (SCIPSA) to deliver its new 3-year Corporate Plan.

This plan is ambitious. It requires cultural change, technological improvements and end-to-end system and process redesign but must be delivered alongside IPSA’s existing day to day operations, which with only 100 staff is a significant ask.

IPSA needs a Chair who can support a substantially new executive leadership team on an exciting but challenging journey in which media interest is never far away and powerful stakeholders need careful, tailored engagement to allow it the space to improve.

Key responsibilities

The Chair of IPSA plays a pivotal role in the leadership of the organisation. In particular, the Chair will:

  • Provide leadership of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority;
  • Establish with the Board the strategic direction of IPSA and ensure compliance with IPSA’s statutory duties;
  • Chair meetings of IPSA’s Board;
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to maintain strategic direction and monitor performance;
  • Play an active role in the appointment, oversight and review of performance of other Board Members, the Compliance Officer and the Chief Executive; and
  • Represent IPSA in public, in the media, before parliamentary committees, and with MPs and parliamentary officials.

Remuneration: £700 per day

Full terms and conditions are appended to this pack.

Time commitment: around 2 days a week.

Length of term: up to five years.

Political restrictions

  • The Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 states that the Chair and Members of IPSA (other than a designated Parliamentary member) cannot have been a member of the House of Commons at any time within the last five years.
  • The Chair may not occupy paid party political posts or hold particularly sensitive or high roles in a political party, nor engage on specific political activities or matters directly affecting the work of IPSA. Further details are included in the IPSA Code of Conduct for Members.

Security clearance

Successful candidates will need to undergo a counter terrorist check before appointment; additional information on this process can be found here.

Person Specification

It is essential that your application demonstrates evidence of achievement in the areas listed below as far as you are able to. These will be used to assess the suitability of candidates to take forward to the long listing stage of the process. They will then be explored further with candidates invited to interview.

  • An experienced, senior leader, credible at board level, with a proven ability to set direction, ensure delivery and engage stakeholders.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a senior non-executive team in a high-profile environment using persuasion and influence to further develop and improve board performance.
  • The ability to operate effectively as a non-executive to support and hold to account an executive team, and to develop a strong working relationship with the chief executive.
  • The ability to lead strategically a customer-focussed organisation in an operationally intense environment, which attracts public opinion and media scrutiny, without compromising independence.
  • The ability to lead an organisation successfully through all stages of organisational change.
  • The ability to maintain personal integrity, independence and resilience in the face of conflicting demands and public pressure.
  • Evidence of political awareness and a track record of successfully managing and influencing relations with a diverse range of interested parties, with tact and absolute discretion.
  • A demonstrable understanding of regulation and the role of the regulator, within either the public or the private sector.
  • Evidence of valuing and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • An appreciation of the challenges of supporting diverse and geographically dispersed employers (MPs) and their workforce.
  • The ability to think clearly and exercise sound judgement, grasping complex issues quickly.
  • The ability to communicate and explain decisions to the public through the media.
  • The ability to command the confidence of the public, MPs of all parties and their staff, and a commitment to the seven principles of public life.

Additional Information

This appointment is made in accordance with the process set out in the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009. The Act provides that a preferred candidate is selected by the Speaker on merit on the basis of a fair and open competition and with the agreement of the Speaker’s Committee for IPSA. The chair is to be appointed by Her Majesty The Queen following an address by the House of Commons.

The Speaker has appointed a selection panel to manage the recruitment process and to make recommendations in respect of the proposed appointment. The panel will interview the shortlisted candidates and report to the Speaker the candidates which it deems appointable.

How to Apply

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This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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