Independent Committee Member – Committee on Standards in Public Life

Body: Committee on Standards in Public Life
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Non-pensionable fee of £240 per day
Time Requirements: Two days per month. This may increase when the committee is undertaking a review.


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

Dame Shirley Pearce DBE has been appointed as a member of the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Shirley has held senior executive and non-executive roles in higher education, health and policing. She is currently Chair of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a member of the Higher Education Quality Assurance Panel for the Ministry of Education in Singapore and a Trustee for the Royal Anniversary Trust.

Shirley takes up the post effective immediately for a five-year term. Her appointment was made after open competition in line with the Cabinet Office Governance Code regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

For more information please visit the announcement linked below.

Date: 22/03/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/12/2017 | 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    22/03/2018 at 13:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Prime Minister invites applications for the position of member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is an independent, advisory non-departmental public body established in 1994. The Committee advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in England. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders and makes recommendations as to changes in present arrangements.

The Committee is currently in the final stages of its work on the intimidation of Parliamentary candidates and implications for other public office holders. In the New Year, it will resume its review of MPs’ outside interests and start a new piece of work looking at local government.

Members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life will need to confirm they understand the standards of probity required of public appointees outlined in the Seven Principles of Public Life.

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Members of the Committee have collective responsibility for its operation and are expected to contribute fully to the work of the Committee. They must be able and willing to:

● Engage fully in collective consideration of issues and formulation of recommendations taking account of the full range of relevant factors;
● Contribute to drafting of reports and position papers; and
● Ensure that the work of the Committee is open and transparent, in particular by appearing at public meetings and evidence sessions.

Members are appointed by the Prime Minister for a five year period on a non-renewable term. The successful candidate should ideally be available to take up the post from February 2018.

This is a part-time appointment. Members are expected to commit an average of 2 days a month though this may increase when the Committee is undertaking a review. A non-pensionable fee of £240 per day is payable.

Most of the Committee’s work takes place in London, but it does occasionally hold evidence sessions around the United Kingdom during the course of an inquiry.

Person Specification

We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

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

In accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, all applicants are asked to complete a declaration about any political activity in the past five years. The declaration only asks for information that is already in the public domain; it does not ask for personal or private information such as membership of political parties or voting preferences.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following:

• A full CV (maximum two pages)
• Accompanying letter (maximum two pages) of no more than two sides of A4, providing evidence and detailed examples of how you meet the candidate profile
• Completed diversity monitoring forms

Please send applications to

CSPL application pack for Member recruitment
Public Appointments Monitoring Forms for CSPL member recruitment
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