Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Body: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Education, Health, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Transport
Location: Regional - London for most Board meetings
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £400 per day
Time Requirements: 1-2 days per month (up to 25 days per year)

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    03/09/2021 at 5pm

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Baroness Kishwer Falkner Added 23/07/2021

    Panel Chair

    Chairwoman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dr Samir Shah CBE Added 23/07/2021

    Chief Executive and Creative Director of Juniper • Independent Member

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  • Charles Ramsden Added 23/07/2021

    Deputy Director, Government Equalities Office • Departmental Official

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities wishes to appoint a Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This appointment fulfils the requirement of the Equality Act 2006 that the EHRC should have not less than 10 or more than 15 Commissioners.

Appointments to the EHRC are for between 2 and 5 years. Following recommendations of the Tailored Review of the EHRC in July 2018, Commissioners’ terms are likely to be a minimum of 3 years. The roles and responsibilities of EHRC Commissioners are set out in the Commission’s Governance Manual.

Commissioners are responsible for:

  • working with the Chair and Chief Executive to set the strategic direction of the EHRC;
  • scrutinising the EHRC’s performance, and supporting the Chair in holding the Chief Executive to account; and
  • complying at all times with the Cabinet Office’s Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies (2011) and the EHRC’s Code of Conduct and conflicts of interest guidance (Part 4 of the EHRC’s Governance Manual).

It is envisaged the successful candidate will take up the role in December 2021.

Person Specification

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the selection criteria for the post, through their knowledge, skills and experience.

Essential criteria

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the selection criteria for the post, through their knowledge, skills and experience.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • Senior level leadership experience and the ability to work collaboratively and chair at Board level, including the credibility to effectively challenge others; 
  • The ability to build constructive relationships and influence at the highest level, and to act as an ambassador for the Commission, working with key stakeholders and promoting the organisation’s role and aims to the public and a wide range of partners; 
  • The ability to provide strategic, knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspectives on a range of sensitive and complex issues and to contribute to the development of strategic priorities, weighing up competing arguments capable of justification under close scrutiny; 
  • A commitment to and knowledge or experience of equality and human rights;
  • High standards of integrity, commitment to public service values, and an understanding of the principles and practices of corporate governance.

Desirable criteria 

The following skills and knowledge will enhance the successful candidate’s capacity to perform within this role:

  • Strong legal background and/or academic expertise of equality and human rights law and policy.
  • Knowledge and experience of issues facing ethnic minorities across Great Britain.
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