Non-Executive Commissioner- Equality and Human Rights Commission

Body: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Education, Health and Social Care, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Transport
Location: Regional - London for most Board meetings
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: The remuneration for the post is a per diem rate of £400/day for 1-2 days per month (up to 25 days per year).
Time Requirements: The Board meets at least six times a year and additionally at the Chair’s discretion. The meetings are usually held in London. Additional time will be required to liaise with the Chair, Chief Executive and other officers, to study papers and undertake representational work, such as visits, meetings with strategic partners etc. The likely time commitment for a Commissioner is approximately 1-2 days per month (up to 25 days per year). Appointments to the EHRC are for between 3 and 5 years. It is envisaged the candidates will take up the roles in December 2020 or January 2021.


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

On 11 November the Minister for Women and Equalities announced the appointments of Jessica Butcher MBE, David Goodhart and Su-Mei Thompson for a period of four years starting from 1 December 2020.
Lord Ribeiro has also been appointed to the Board for one year, to provide medical and public health expertise. Further information on these appointments can be found on the website.

Date: 12/11/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/08/2020 23:59

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities wishes to appoint up to four Commissioners to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). These appointments fulfil the requirement of the Equality Act 2006 that the EHRC should have not less than 10 or more than 15 Commissioners.

Person Specification

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the selection criteria for the post, through their knowledge, skills and experience.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following selection criteria:

• Senior level leadership experience and the ability to work collaboratively and chair at Board level, including the ability to bring a business perspective and practical mind-set to discussions and the credibility to effectively challenge others;

• The ability to build constructive relationships and influence at the highest level, and to act as an ambassador for the Commission, working with key stakeholders and promoting the organisation’s role and aims to the public and a wide range of partners;

• The ability to provide strategic, knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspectives on a range of sensitive and complex issues and the ability to contribute to the development of strategic priorities, weighing up competing arguments capable of justification under close scrutiny;

• A commitment to and knowledge or experience of equality and human rights;

• An understanding of the context in which the Commission operates and knowledge of conditions across in Great Britain;

• High standards of integrity, commitment to public service values, and an understanding of the principles and practices of corporate governance.

Applicants will be assessed against these criteria in their application and at any subsequent interview.

Additional Information

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory non-departmental public body established under the Equality Act 2006. It is the independent body responsible for promoting and enforcing the laws that protect fairness, dignity and respect.  Further information on the Commission and its work can be found in the candidate information pack, which accompanies this vacancy, or on the Commission’s website at:

How to Apply

The process for this public appointment will adhere to the Governance Code on Public Appointments, which came into effect on 1 January 2017.  For details of how to apply, please refer to the candidate information pack which accompanies this vacancy.

Applications are welcomed from as diverse a range of applicants as possible. We guarantee to interview any disabled applicant whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post – this is known as Offering an Interview to Disabled People.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Monday 03 August 2020.

Disability Confident Offering an Interview
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