Our 10 Commissioners lead our strategy and set our priorities. They are independent of political parties - though our four most recently appointed Commissioners bring direct experience in political parties - and are accountable directly to Parliament.
Term: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016
Jenny Watson joined us in January 2009 as our second Chair. She is a non-Executive Director of WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). She is also a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.
Jenny is also a current board member of the charity Money Advice Trust. She was the last Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission prior to the creation of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and is a past Deputy Chairman of both the Banking Code Standards Board, and of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. She has also worked in a number of human rights organisations, including Liberty and Charter88.
Max Caller CBE
Term: 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2015
Max Caller has served as Chief Executive and Returning Officer in three London boroughs and was the London Regional Returning Officer for the 1999 European Parliamentary elections; he has also served as an elections observer abroad. Max is also, separately, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, formerly part of the Electoral Commission, and the interim Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales (22 July 2011 - 31 March 2012).
Term: 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2015
Anna Carragher is a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and a Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. She is also a member of the Board of the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and a Trustee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. She has worked as a journalist and producer for the BBC in London and Northern Ireland on programmes including Today, Newsnight, Question Time and Any Questions, and as Editor of European and Correspondent Programmes. She was Head of Programmes for BBC Northern Ireland from 1995 to 2001 and Controller, BBC Northern Ireland from 2001 to 2006. She joined the Electoral Commission on 1st January 2012.
Term: 13 March 2013 to 12 March 2017
With a background in engineering and project management, followed by a long and varied career at senior executive and board level in mainly the drinks industry, Gareth Halliwell has extensive experience in developing and delivering leading-edge business strategies with multi-million pound profit and loss responsibility in international companies based in UK and abroad.
He also has specific knowledge and expertise in leading major operational, capital investment and change management programmes across an international spectrum.
The greater part of his career has been with Guinness/Diageo Plc. He is multi-lingual, with extensive multicultural commercial and social experience, having lived and worked in many countries around the world.
He returned to Wales, his place of birth and education, nearly four years ago where he now pursues his business and other interests from his home base.
Term: 19 January 2010 to 31 December 2013
Tony Hobman joined us in January 2010. He has held a number of senior appointments within the financial services arena. He spent twenty years with Barclays Bank, holding a number of key roles in marketing, project and change management and customer services.
In 1996 he joined ProShare as Head of Investor Services and was promoted to Chief Executive in 1999. From 2000 to 2001 he was Chief Executive of Money Channel plc.
In 2002 he was appointed Chief Executive designate of the Pensions Regulator and in April 2005 he began work as the first Chief Executive of the Pensions Regulator, where he stayed until May 2010.
He was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Money Advice Service, a newly created organisation to promote financial understanding, under the auspices of the Financial Services Authority, and took up post on 17 May 2010.
Term: 1 March 2012 to 30 September 2014
John Horam has been a Minister in both Conservative and Labour Governments with responsibilities for Transport, Health, the Civil Service and Science and Technology. He was the Conservative MP for Orpington from 1992 to 2010, and was previously MP for Gateshead West (Labour, 1970 to 1981, SDP, 1981 to 1983). He has fought 10 general elections.
After 1997 he was the first Chair of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee, and then a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also one of the founders and now Non-Executive Director of a successful international company (CRU International) and the first Chair of the major housing association, Circle Thirty Three Housing Trust. Before that he was a leader and feature writer on the Financial Times and The Economist. He is a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
Term: 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2014
David Howarth was MP for Cambridge until 2010, having previously served as Leader of Cambridge City Council and as a local councillor for 17 years. He was Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Justice from 2008-10, and, previously, a member of the Commons' Constitutional Affairs and Justice select committees. He is University Reader in Private Law at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is also a Trustee of the Collections Trust and an honorary Cambridge City councillor. He was also appointed, in March 2012, as a Member of Council of Advisers, Rand (Europe); a Member of the Advisory Board of Liberal Insight and to the Advisory Board of Women’s Parliamentary Radio.
Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Term: 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2014
Lord Kennedy was a former full time Labour Party official holding a variety of posts including Regional Director of the East Midlands Office and more recently Director of Finance & Compliance. He has served as a Councillor in Southwark and was Deputy Leader of the Council. In 2007 he was appointed an Honorary Alderman. He was raised to the Peerage in June 2010. He is also the Chair of the Council of People with Diabetes (CPD), which is part of the charity Diabetes UK.
Term: 19 January 2008 to 31 December 2012 (extended 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016)
John McCormick is our Commissioner with responsibility for Scotland. He was Secretary of the BBC and subsequently Controller of BBC Scotland. He has been Chair of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is currently Vice-Chair of Scottish Opera, and a Director of the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. Until November 2010 he was a non-executive director of Lloyds TSB Scotland.
He was a member of the Commission into Boundary Differences and Voting Systems. He has been awarded Honorary doctorates from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and the West of Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
The Rt Hon Sir George Reid
Term: 1 October 2012 - 30 September 2014
Sir George Reid is a Privy Councillor, a former SNP MP and MSP and was Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2003-07.Between Westminster and Holyrood he was Director of Public Affairs of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva. From 2007-09 he chaired the Strategic Review of Governance in the Northern Ireland Assembly. He was appointed Chair of the Statutory Remuneration Committee for Wales with effect from 22 September 2010. He has five honorary doctorates and today is a visiting professor at Glasgow and Stirling Universities, specialising in Citizenship. In June 2011 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire. He was the Independent Adviser to the First Minister on the Scottish Ministerial Code in 2008–2011. Sir George was knighted in the Birthday Honours 2012 for services to Scottish politics and public life.
Chair's outside meetings
Fees, travel and subsistence costs and registers of interests, gifts and hospitality
Commissioners and staff abide by a code of conduct, part of which requires them to declare any interests, and any gifts or hospitality which they have received or offered. The register of interests is updated periodically, with the register of gifts and hospitality updated quarterly.
Click the links below to view the fees, travel and subsistence costs for the Chair and the Commissioners, or the registers of interests, gifts and hospitality:
- Register of Interests - updated March 2013 (PDF)
- Register of gifts and hospitality updated March 2013 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q1 2012-13 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q2 2012-13 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q3 2012-13 (PDF)
- Register of Interests - updated March 2012 (PDF)
- Register of gifts and hospitality updated March 2012 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q4 2011-12 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q3 2011-12 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q2 2011-12 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees, travel and subsistence costs Q1 2011-12 (PDF)
- Register of Interests 2010 (PDF)
- Register of Gifts and Hospitality 2010-11 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees and expenses - Quarter 4 2010-11 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees and expenses - Quarter 3 2010-11 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees and expenses - Quarter 2 2010-11 (PDF)
- Commissioners' fees and expenses - Quarter 1 2010-11 (PDF)