Member of Senior Salaries Review Body

Body: Senior Salaries Review Body
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: London with some visits required to other locations
Skills required: Business / Commercial, HR, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: 15-20 days


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

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Miss Pippa Greenslade and Mr David Sissling as members of the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB), with immediate effect. The appointment is for a term of three years. The SSRB provides independent advice to the Prime Minister and ministers on the pay of many of the nation’s senior public servants.

Date: 28/05/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    28/05/2019 at 12:00

Dates may be subject to change


Assessment Panel

  • Rupert McNeil Added 01/11/2018

    Panel Chair

    The Government Chief People Officer • Departmental Official

    Rupert McNeil was appointed Government Chief People Officer in January 2016. The Government Chief People Officer leads the Civil Service human resources function. The Civil Service HR function runs expert services and provides expertise on people policies, talent development, recruitment, pay, diversity and inclusion, workforce planning and organisational design. The Government Chief People Officer also leads and is responsible for the HR profession, the wider community of HR professionals across government.

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  • Dr Martin Read CBE MA DPhil FIET Added 01/11/2018

    Chair of Senior Salaries Review Body • Representative of Organisation

    Martin Read is Chairman of Wincanton plc, the Remuneration Consultants Group and the UK Government’s Senior Salaries Review Body.

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  • Martin Williams Added 01/11/2018

    Director of Manpower Economics • Other Panel Member

    The Director for OME is responsible for ensuring the effective provision of professional support to the Public Sector Pay Review Bodies and the Police Boards in England and Wales.

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  • Mrs Colleen Harris Added 02/01/2019

    Communications Consultant • Independent Member

    With more than 30 years’ experience, ranging from the British Royal Household, via Downing Street, to international NGOs, Colleen Harris has a strong track record of working in high-profile media and communications roles. This professional experience is complemented by a broad portfolio of trusteeships and non-executive director roles in the arts, education and health.

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Vacancy Description

The independent Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) is tasked with giving advice to the Prime Minister, Secretaries of State and other top-level decision makers on the remuneration of senior civil servants, holders of judicial office, senior officers of the armed forces, Police and Crime Commissioners, and some senior managers in the NHS.  The SSRB may be asked to look at other remuneration for other public appointments from time to time.  The SSRB’s independent advisory role is valued highly by government and the remit groups – in particular its evidence-based and objective approach to making recommendations.

As a member of the SSRB, you will have the opportunity to work on a challenging agenda and gain interesting insights into a cross-section of public service professions at senior levels. You will also have the chance to play a key role in the future direction of the SSRB under its Chair, Dr Martin Read CBE, helping to shape its thinking and recommendations.  The SSRB has up to 8 members from a range of backgrounds, who pool their collective expertise to inform discussions.

Person Specification

For these current vacancies, you will have experience of strategic senior management of a large organisation. You will also have some practical experience of remuneration, pay and performance management questions, from an operational or strategic standpoint.   Some experience of serving on a remuneration committee, or working knowledge of pay and reward systems, would be helpful. The ability to understand the different challenges faced by the SSRB’s remit groups, and the context within which public sector pay decisions are made, is essential.

Along with the above experience, you will bring strong personal skills and qualities to the Board:

Analysis and interpretation – the ability to analyse and make judgements from complex data, and to contribute to workable recommendations on complex and sensitive issues;

Strong communication, interpersonal and engagement skills – the ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of other SSRB members, members of the remit groups, and very senior key stakeholders, including Ministers and senior Government officials, through effective communication and influencing skills;

High standards of corporate and personal conduct – demonstrate a sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities, public service values and the seven principles of Public Life, enabling you to act impartially and uphold the independence of the Review Body;

We value diversity and want our board to reflect the communities that we serve.  We are also committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

To ensure a balance of expertise within the SSRB, candidates with the following experience are particularly welcomed:

  • Senior leadership and management experience gained as a former CEO, or senior accountable director within the Health Service.
  • Senior hands-on HR experience, ideally gained at board level in a large public or private sector organisation.

Additional Information

The two current advertised positions will be available from 1st September 2019. There may be an opportunity to commence in post before 1st September 2019.

How to Apply

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Odgers Berndtson on behalf of the Senior Salaries Review Body. If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • Diversity Monitoring Form – All candidates are also requested to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Your Diversity Monitoring Form will be stored separately from your application and will play no part in the selection process.
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  • Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form (if relevant) – This can be found by visiting Please download the form and return to

The preferred method of application is online at

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to:

 All applications will receive an automated response.

Any postal applications should be sent to the Assignment team.

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Odgers Berndtson

20 Cannon Street

London EC4M 6XD

Further Information

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Simon McDonald on +44 20 7529 6359 or Laura Spurgin on +44 207 529 1072.





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