Geospatial Commission, Commissioner

Body: Geospatial Commission
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: London, 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf (currently home based due to COVID-19)
Skills required: Business / Commercial, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: The Board of Commissioners meets formally six times per year. There will be other commitments throughout the year to provide leadership and engagement with key stakeholders. The time commitment is therefore expected to be around 30 days per year. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Board meetings are being held virtually but we would expect to revert to face to face meetings when possible. Commencement of appointment: Successful candidates would ideally be able to take up the post in July 2021.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 10th May

  • Final Interview Date

    Week commencing 7th June

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Geospatial Commission is an independent expert committee at the centre of Government which is responsible for setting the UK’s geospatial strategy and coordinating public sector geospatial activity. As part of the Cabinet Office, its remit is to unlock economic, social and environmental value from location data. 

In the three years since its establishment, the Commission has delivered a range of high impact policy and programme-based measures which include: pilots for a National Underground Asset Register; signing a £1bn contract with Ordnance Survey to upgrade the UK’s foundational public sector data assets over ten years; and mandating across the public sector the golden thread of housing data identifiers: unique property and unique street reference numbers.

We are now seeking a highly-regarded leader to join the Board of Commissioners to drive implementation of the UK government’s ambitious Geospatial Strategy by providing guidance and challenge on all aspects of the Geospatial Commission’s cross cutting work, including the use of location data to support Housing, Land Use, Property and Planning. 

We require an experienced Non-Executive Director who will provide robust, impartial advice under a high level of public interest and scrutiny; will work closely with the Chair and wider Board members to help build consensus towards and support implementation of the UK Geospatial Strategy; and will act as a source of advice to the executive management team.

Person Specification

You will provide guidance and challenge on all aspects of the Geospatial Commission’s cross cutting work, including the use of location data to support Housing, Land Use, Property and Planning. 

Ongoing responsibilities:

  • Providing expert, impartial advice to the government on geospatial data, including advice on prioritisation and value for money;
  • Building broad cross-sector support and consensus around Commission recommendations;
  • Supporting the monitoring of performance of public sector bodies responsible for delivering the Geospatial Strategy;
  • Chairing Commission working groups, facilitating deep dives into priority areas via detailed, collaborative, stakeholder engagement;
  • Engaging with stakeholders, including industry, government, academia, interest groups and the public;
  • Representing the Commission in public, including at industry events.


  • Experience of strategic leadership at senior levels of government, academia or business;
  • A capacity to operate strategically and with influence;
  • A highly-regarded leader in their field;
  • An understanding of location data and its applications;
  • Ability to process complex information, take a long-term view and weigh probabilities to reach clear conclusions;
  • A track record of communicating and influencing at the highest levels;
  • Credibility with government, the data community, industry, and the public;
  • Experience of representing organisations in public, with a range of stakeholders;
  • Clear communication of complex topics.


  • An understanding of location data and its applications in the field of housing, property and planning;
  • Understanding or experience of growing a company in the digital economy.

Additional Information

About The Geospatial Commission

The Geospatial Commission is an independent, expert committee responsible for setting the UK’s geospatial strategy and coordinating public sector geospatial activity. We have a mandate and budget to drive and deliver changes by working in partnership with others.

This means we:

  • Provide strategic oversight of the geospatial ecosystem in the UK, setting geospatial strategy,policy and standards.
  • Hold the budget for the public sector’s largest investment in geospatial data.
  • Make targeted investments in data projects that accelerate innovation and adoption of geospatial data applications.

In June 2020, the Geospatial Commission published the UK’s Geospatial Strategy to unlock the significant economic, social and environmental value of location data. The Strategy sets out four key missions, together with a combination of actions, serving as our blueprint for collaboration and targeted priorities.

The Commission’s agenda is crucial for effective delivery of many of the government’s key aims; including through supporting infrastructure delivery and construction as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery, helping to put the UK on the front foot in its transition out of the EU through further developing a technology and science capability where the UK is a recognised exemplar, and driving public sector efficiencies and reform through access to improved location data.

The Commission has a formal relationship with six, core ‘partner bodies’ (known as the Geo6). Each of these partners plays a central role in the delivery of the UK’s Geospatial Strategy – both through the geospatial data they hold and their extensive expertise.

The Partner Bodies are:

For more details on the Commission please visit:

For further information and the candidate job pack, please visit the Allen Lane website (here).

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than midday Friday April 30th 2021. All applications must be submitted using the link here.

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact our recruitment adviser Rebecca O’Connor at Allen Lane 07921 336 229.

How to Apply

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

A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history.

An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your motivations and suitability for the role and how you meet the capabilities and skills and essential experience set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.

A Diversity monitoring form (Google). You do not need to have a Google account to complete the form (here). Any information you provide in Section A will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel but will be anonymised and analysed to ensure Cabinet Office are attracting a diverse range of applications. The form now includes questions about disability. Information to help answer these questions can be found on the Public Appointments website  If you experience problems accessing the monitoring form please contact Liz Conn.

Disability Confident – Offering an interview to disabled people declarationOffering an Interview to Disabled People (GIS scheme) As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. For more information please visit the Public Appointments website. If you wish to indicate that you are disabled or have a long-term health condition,please complete the Disability Confident – Offering an Interview to Disabled People declaration in the supporting documents and send it with your application.

Details of two people you have worked with previously who we could talk to at shortlist stage (with your permission)

Diversity of opportunity is something the Cabinet Office cares passionately about. Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background. We would also particularly welcome applications from those currently working in, or with experience of, the private sector, and those who have not previously held public appointments. 

We want to explore the widest possible pool of talent for these important appointments. We ask all applicants to public appointments to complete a diversity monitoring form. We hope you will help us by providing this information. This will allow us to see if there are any unfair barriers to becoming a public appointee and whether there are any changes we could make to encourage a more diverse field to apply. Please find the link in the how to apply section below.

If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

_Disability Confident Offering an Interview
Candidate Pack - Geospatial Commission - Commissioner

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