Non-Executive Commissioners

Body: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Regional - London for most Board meetings
Number of Vacancies: Up to three
Remuneration: The remuneration for the post is a per diem rate of £400/day
Time Requirements: 1-2 days per month (up to 25 days per year).


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

The Government has confirmed the appointment of five new commissioners for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Suzanne Baxter, Pavita Cooper, Alasdair Henderson, Helen Mahy and Mark McLane take up their appointment from 27 April 2018 and their appointment is for a period of 4 years. These roles are remunerated at £400 per day with Commissioners expected to work for approximately 1-2 days per month (up to 25 days per year).

The EHRC is Great Britain’s designated equality body and ‘A-rated’ national human rights institution. These new appointments will assist the EHRC to fulfil its role as the country’s expert body on equality and human rights issues.

These appointments are made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

These appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Alasdair Henderson’s declaration of political activity identifies that he stood for election for the Whig party in the past 5 years. Suzanne Baxter, Pavita Cooper, Helen Mahy and Mark McLane did not declare any political activity.

New Commissioners’ declarations of interest will be published on the EHRC’s website.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Update

    The deadline for the Non-Executive Commissioners at the Equality and Human Rights Commission has been extended until 17.00 on Tuesday 31 October. Please be assured that all applications received before the earlier deadline of 12 September remain under consideration. This does mean that interview dates scheduled for 30 October and 6 November will not go ahead. Revised interview dates are 18th and 19th January 2018. Please hold these dates if possible. Candidates will be notified whether or not they have been selected for interview in December.

  • Closed for Applications

    31/10/2017 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    8th & 13th December, 8th January

  • Update

    We expect to be able to inform interviewees of outcomes before the end of March.

  • Announcement

    Mid to end May 2018 (exact date tbc)


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities wishes to appoint up to three Commissioners to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).  We are seeking to appoint Commissioners who can:

  • Work with the Chair and Chief Executive to set the strategic direction of the EHRC;
  • Scrutinise the EHRC’s performance, and support the Chair in holding the Chief Executive to account; and
  • Comply at all times with the Cabinet Office’s Code of Conduct for Board members of Public Bodies (2011)

Person Specification

We are seeking to appoint Commissioners who can demonstrate:

  • The ability to operate collaboratively at Board level, whilst also bringing a strategic mind-set, an understanding of the context in which the Commission operates and impartiality to steer the Commission’s work;
  • The ability to build constructive relationships and influence at the highest level, and to act as an ambassador for the Commission, promoting its role and aims to the public and a wide range of partners; and
  • A commitment to, and knowledge or experience of, equality and/or human rights and an understanding of how the Commission might most effectively uphold shared values of tolerance and respect to others.  We are seeking to appoint a Commissioner who will bring particular insight in the sphere of religion and belief.  We are also seeking candidates with knowledge or experience of gender identity and / or race equality.

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 a Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

Appointments to the Commission are for between 2 and 5 years.

It is envisaged the successful candidate(s) will take up their roles in January 2018.

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 Code published by the Commission for Public Appointments. For details of how to apply please refer to the candidate information pack which accompanies this vacancy.

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