Lay Members of the Committee on Standards

Body: Committee on Standards
Appointing Department: House of Commons
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: Westminster, London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £600 per day.
Time Requirements: Three to four days per month (including meetings on Tuesday mornings), for a fixed term of six years.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 3rd October 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    Week commencing 21st November 2022

  • Announcement

    Expected to be December 2022.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The UK Parliament was the first in the world to introduce independent scrutiny of MPs with the establishment of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards role and the appointment of lay members to the House of Commons Committee on Standards. Selected via open and fair competition, lay members have become an integral part of the Committee, bringing breadth of experience and external perspectives.  They play a full role in the Committee’s work, equal in numbers to the MPs on the Committee and with full voting rights, involved in both disciplinary cases and inquiries related to broader standards matters.

The House of Commons is seeking to appoint a talented individual whose skills, perspectives and experience will enrich the Committee and its decision-making.

Lay members should bring experience of contributing to decision-making on sensitive matters where there were strong and contested views; and of working with colleagues to come to an agreed approach. Alongside this, proven ability to consider and review large volumes of information to reach sound, evidence-based judgments which take account of codes of conduct, rules, or organisational context will be vital.  Experience of working strategically with or within complex environments to develop and improve systems and processes is also essential, as are a general understanding of Parliament’s role in a representative democracy, and the role of MPs.  Other required qualities, including personal ones, are set out in the information pack available to candidates.

Some track record of contributing to a regulatory or disciplinary environment may prove helpful to a candidate but is not essential.

Lay members must be, and be seen to be, politically neutral. They must demonstrate complete impartiality during their time on the Committee and should not during their term of office undertake any party-political activity or belong or donate to a political party. Please note that individuals are ineligible for this role if they are current or former Members of the House of Commons or House of Lords,or if they have been involved in party political activity or have been a member of or donated to a political party during the five years before their application was submitted.

Further detail regarding registration of interests and eligibility are contained in the candidate pack.

Please Note:

These appointments require the highest standards of propriety, involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity, in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the oversight and management of all related activities. This means that any private, voluntary, charitable, or political interest which might be material and relevant to the work of the body concerned should be declared. It is important, therefore, that you consider your circumstances when applying for this appointment and identify any potential conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived.

There is a requirement to declare any actual or potential conflict of interest you may have in being appointed in a separate form.  Any actual or perceived conflicts of interest will be fully explored by Saxton Bampfylde in the long list interviews and by the Panel at interview stage.

A key stage of the recruitment process is that the successful candidate’s appointment will be debated in the House of Commons, a public event where their CV may be discussed.  Candidates should be aware of this.

Person Specification

The lay members will come from a range of backgrounds and areas of the United Kingdom. All candidates will be required to demonstrate in their written applications and at interview how their life experience has equipped them to meet the requirements of the role. The criteria that will be used to assess whether candidates have the required knowledge, experience, skills and qualities are set out below. Please ensure you provide evidence, metrics where relevant, and examples (as far as you are able) in response to these when writing your application. Should you be longlisted, these areas will be assessed in more depth at interview.

Knowledge and Experience

Please give examples in your application as to how you have demonstrated these qualities in your current or previous roles.

Essential criteria:

  • Experience of contributing to decision-making on sensitive matters where there were strong and contested views;
  • Experience of putting forward an independent opinion in a diverse group and working to come to an agreed approach;
  • Proven ability to consider and review large amounts of information to come to sound evidence-based judgments which take account of codes of conduct, rules or organisational context;
  • Experience of working strategically with or within complex organisations or complex situations, to develop and improve systems and processes and to challenge where necessary; and
  • A general understanding of Parliament’s role in a representative democracy and the role of Members of Parliament in particular.

Desirable but not essential criteria:

  • Experience in a regulatory or disciplinary environment and/or;
  • Experience responding to allegations concerning financial interests, or other misconduct issues and/or;
  • Experience of working in a context of heightened public interest

Personal Qualities and Skills:

  • Absolute integrity;
  • The communication skills to get your view across in meetings or in writing;
  • Confidence and strength of character to manage situations both assertively and sensitively;
  • Respect for the sensitivity and confidential nature of some of the evidence and knowledge that will arise during the course of the work;
  • The ability to forge relationships of trust while retaining independence of thought;
  • Political neutrality (with no party political activity, as defined under ‘Eligibility’, or membership of or donations to a political party during the five years before your application was submitted) ;
  • The resilience required to work in an environment of close parliamentary, media and public scrutiny;
  • Proven commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Additional Information

All applications must be made through the Saxton Bampfylde website. They will sift applications in mid October with preliminary interviews with consultants taking place at the end of October and first week of November.

How to Apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the House of Commons, Committee on Standards on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit the Saxton Bampfylde website, here.  The reference for this campaign is OETN.

Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by noon on Friday 30th September 2022.

Lay Member Candidate Pack Aug 2022

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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