Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Body: Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Expected Central London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £108,000 - £140,000
Time Requirements: Full time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/09/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Expected w/c 8 October 2018

  • Final Interview Date

    Expected w/c 29 October and w/c 5 November 2018

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Colleen Harris MVO Added 15/08/2018

    Panel Chair

    Senior Independent Panel Member

    Show more information

  • Rebecca Egan Added 15/08/2018

    Interim Director for Tackling Modern Slavery Exploitation, CPFG) • Departmental Official

    Show more information

  • William Kerr Added 15/08/2018

    Director, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, National Crime Agency and Devolved Administration representation • Other Panel Member

    Show more information

  • Willie Cowan Added 15/08/2018

    Deputy Director, Criminal Justice Division, Scottish Government • Other Panel Member

    Show more information

  • John Studzinski CBE Added 15/08/2018

    Non-Executive Director of the Home Office • Other Panel Member

    Show more information

Vacancy Description


The role of the role of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) was established by the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The IASC has a UK-wide remit to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences and the identification of victims.

The role was created to spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery.

Key Responsibilities:

• To work closely with key Government delivery partners to drive a strengthened strategic response in their work to tackle modern slavery and the provision of appropriate support for victims.

• Build positive relationships with and amongst the modern slavery leadership community, including Devolved Administrations, business, academia, civil society, international partners (as well as directly with victims of modern slavery) and facilitate the sharing of good practice in tackling modern slavery.

• Provide expert, impartial advice to the Government and the governments of the Devolved Administrations on their work to tackle modern slavery in a domestic and international arena.

• Work alongside Government and its partners in its implementation of the reform of National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to improve UK’s ability to identify and support potential victims of modern slavery.

• Identify international opportunities to showcase UK best practice and make recommendations about opportunities for further international collaboration.

• Commission specific research, studies and inquiries to strengthen the evidence base on modern slavery to support the mobilisation of appropriate responses and the commissioning of interventions. These may include recommendations and policy advice.

• Engage with the Victims’ Commissioner and the Children’s Commissioner to ensure alignment of strategic work priorities.

• Agree a programme of work with the Home Secretary through the development of a strategic plan in line with requirements of the Modern Slavery Act and submit an annual report to the Home Secretary.

• Active participation in annual performance appraisals with the Home Office Director of Tackling Modern Slavery and Exploitation and ensuring the required skills, suitability and sufficiency of expertise is available in your Office to deliver its business, including annual performance appraisals of members of staff.

Person Specification


• Knowledge and experience of working with victims, including an understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by victims and the support they should receive.

• Proven track record in managing relationships with diverse stakeholders who have differing priorities.

• Knowledge and experience of building relationships with statutory bodies, nationally and internationally, and the capability to conduct challenging conversations.

• An understanding of how to improve strategic delivery and a successful track record in promoting the use of good practice

• Evidence of strategic leadership at senior levels of government, law enforcement, civil society, the public sector or academia.

• Evidence of representing organisations in public, including in the media and with a range of stakeholders.

• Strong communication, negotiating and interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships with Ministers, policy owners, government departments, the media, and other key stakeholders, including the wider public sector, civil society, and local communities.


You should also be able to demonstrate:

• A clear understanding of the role of evidence-based analysis in informing policy in an area of political and public attention and sensitivity.

• Ability to be a highly regarded, credible and confident leader, with the ability to lead effective boards and organisations.

• Ability to provide robust, independent advice, under a high level of public interest and scrutiny, and use a public profile to build consensus.

• Credibility with governments, the sector, industry and the public.

• Experience in one or more sectors related to tackling modern slavery domestically and/ or internationally is desirable.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level and Police vetting. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks. The successful candidate will be encouraged to take up this appointment as soon as possible, subject to the successful completion of all pre-appointment checks.

Annex B - IASC Supporting Documentation
180813 - IASC - Candidate Pack - Final
Return to Search