Committee on Standards in Public Life - Independent Members

Body: Committee on Standards in Public Life
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London/virtually
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £240 per day, plus travel and subsistence
Time Requirements: Members will be expected to dedicate an average of two days a month to the role, though this may increase when the Committee is undertaking a review. Members will serve for a 5 year term.


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

The Cabinet Office has announced today that the Prime Minister has appointed Professor Gillian Peele and Ewen Fergusson as Members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life , with effect from 1 August 2021.

Date: 15/07/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/04/2021 at 23.59

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    June 2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life. It monitors and reports on issues relating to arrangements for upholding the standards of conduct of all public office holders.

The Prime Minister is seeking independent members to join the Committee for a five year term.

We are looking for high calibre individuals with a real interest in ethical standards and commitment to the principles of public life, who could make a strong contribution to the important work of this Committee. We are especially keen to encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including the voluntary and private sectors.

These are part-time appointments. Members are expected to commit an average of 2 days a month though this may increase when the Committee is undertaking a review.

Person Specification

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the following criteria, through their knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Personal integrity and strength of character;
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the need to maintain the highest standards of public life;
  • The ability to command the confidence of Ministers, Parliament and the public;
  • The ability to examine issues in an objective and analytical way;
  • Ability to work well within a small team; and
  • The ability to contribute to the drafting of reports and other documents.

Applicants should also consider whether their interests, or any other roles they hold, might present a conflict with possible subjects of inquiry.

Additional Information

CSPL is made up of political appointees and independent members. This campaign seeks independent members. Applicants should not be politically active.

Political activity is defined as an individual being employed by a political party, holding significant office in a party, standing as a candidate for a party in an election, having publicly spoken on behalf of a political party or having made significant donations or loans to a party. Significant loans and donations are those of a size which are reported to the Electoral Commission, in line with a central party’s reporting threshold.

You will need to show political impartiality during your time on the Committee and must declare any party political activity you undertake in the period of your appointment.

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history.
  2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
  3. Monitoring form (here), covering diversity, political activity and conflicts of interest. Any information you provide in Section A (diversity) will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel. Information to help answer these questions can be found on the Public Appointments website. The form also asks about political activity (Section B) and conflicts of interest (Section C). If you experience problems accessing the form please contact
  1. Disability Confident – Offering an interview to disabled people declaration (if applicable)

Please send your CV, supporting letter and Disability Confident form (if applicable) to: by 23:59 on 28 April 2021. Please also complete the monitoring form online by this time.

Please note that applications may be passed, in confidence, to the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPA) and the Commissioner’s auditors for the purposes of complaints investigation and audit (4.4 of the Government’s Governance Code of Public Appointments refers).

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