Body: The Commission for Countering Extremism
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Defence, Education, Health and Social Care, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: To be decided – but assumed to be central London. The Lead Commissioner will be required to undertake travel across the UK
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, International Experience, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: This role is offered on a part time basis of up to 3 days per week, and is remunerated pro rata at £140,000 per annum. The post holder can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred during the course of their duties
Time Requirements: This is a fixed term appointment for a period of 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance in accordance with public appointment rules


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


Date: 24/01/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    27 November 2017 and 04 December 2017

  • Announcement

    24/01/2018 at 12:00

Longlist Meeting is expected to take place w/c 23 October 2017. Shortlist meeting is expected to take place 15 November 2017.


Assessment Panel

  • Colleen Harris MVO Added 20/09/2017

    Panel Chair

    Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Diana Luchford CB Added 20/09/2017

    Acting Director General for Crime Policing & Fire Group, Home Office • Other Panel Member

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  • Hardip Begol Added 20/09/2017

    Director of Faith and Integration, Department for Communities and Local Government • Other Panel Member

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  • Rebecca Hilsenrath Added 20/09/2017

    Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The Lead Commissioner will be an independent voice on countering extremism and promoting British values. Where issues of integration arise, the Commissioner will engage with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and will have the opportunity to discuss findings that may benefit the wider integration agenda. S/he will work with a diverse group of commissioners with expertise across the public sector, law enforcement, online industry, civil society, faith, and equality and integration issues, among others. The Lead Commissioner will have a prominent public profile, presenting the Commission’s recommendations in public and holding the Government, public sector and partners to account for delivering on their commitments.


The successful candidate will be required to develop and foster strong and constructive relationships across a broad range of stakeholders, including Ministers, Parliament, the Devolved Administrations, government officials, the public sector (police, Local Authorities, regulatory bodies such as Ofcom and Ofsted, and the education and health sectors), civil society, faith groups and local communities.


The Lead Commissioner will provide the primary interface with government Ministers and other stakeholders, including the public and media, and will be accountable for ensuring the timely delivery of the Commission’s programme of work. The Commissioner will meet regularly with the Home Secretary.


The Lead Commissioner will be appointed as an individual and not as a representative of any particular profession, employer or interest group. S/he will be expected to act in the public interest at all times, considering all issues from an independent perspective and on merit.

The Lead Commissioner will, in the first instance, be responsible for:


  • shaping the role of Lead Commissioner, working with Ministers, and advising Ministers on the Commission’s future structures, work programme and remit, and the appointment of supporting commissioners;
  • representing the Commission in public and leading a national conversation on extremism and British values with the public sector (including education and health practitioners), communities and civil society, and legal and academic experts (among others); and
  • effective delivery of the Commission’s work, including undertaking research and providing advice to inform government policy making.


Person Specification

It is essential that you provide in your supporting statement evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.


Skills and Experience


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


  • Experience 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, faith groups 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 government, industry and the public.


  • Experience in one or more sectors related to countering extremism, addressing the harms of extremism (e.g. hate crime, Violence Against Women and Girls, segregation of communities, rejection of democracy or the rule of law), 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.

How to Apply

Completed applications should be emailed to Gatenby Sanderson via the following website: www.gatenbysanderson.com/job/GSe36350

If you have any queries about any aspect of this role, or merely wish to have an informal discussion, then please contact Mark Turner at Gatenby Sanderson on 020 7426 3983.


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