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Executive Team and Senior Leadership Group

On this page you can find out about our Executive Team and Senior Leadership Group.

Our Executive team support our Commissioners by providing the day-to-day leadership to implement our strategy successfully.

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Our Executive Team

Claire Bassett, Chief Executive

Find out about Claire Bassett

Claire started as Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission in October 2015.

Claire was Chief Executive of the Parole Board, the independent body responsible for deciding whether prisoners convicted of the most serious offences can be safely released, between April 2012 and October 2015. She joined there from the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which is responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice, where she was also CEO.

Before this Claire was Services Director of Nacro, the crime reduction charity and Chief Executive of NCE, Nacro’s housing association. Earlier in her career she was Chief Executive of Connexions, Milton Keynes, Oxon and Bucks and she held various roles at the Legal Services Commission. She began her career as a management trainee in the construction industry.

Claire is a non-executive director of Homegroup, one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and support services and she is a board member of the Association of Chief Executives.

Carolyn Hughes, Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive

Find out about Carolyn Hughes...

Carolyn Hughes joined the Electoral Commission in May 2007.

Her last role was as Director of Finance at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust. Her previous roles have included Director of Finance and Finance Projects Director at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Director of Corporate Resources at the Health Development Agency and Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive at South Lincolnshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, and has an MBA from the Open University.

Since the departure of the former Deputy Chief Executive, Carolyn now also carries out a number of those functions.


Alex Robertson, Director of Communication

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Alex Robertson joined the Electoral Commission in April 2008 as Head of Media and Public Affairs, becoming Director of Communication on a twelve month secondment in October 2010.

He previously held senior communications and policy roles at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and Transport for London. He is currently a governor at Sunnyhill Primary School, Streatham.

Andrew Scallan

Andrew Scallan, Director of Electoral Administration

Find out about Andrew Scallan...

Andrew Scallan joined the Electoral Commission in September 2007, after working at Manchester City Council where he held a number of senior roles including Deputy Returning Officer and Deputy Electoral Registration Officer.

He has worked in elections since 1983 and is an honorary member of the Association of Electoral Administrators, having served as Honorary Secretary and Vice Chairman. Andrew is a former joint editor of Schofield's Election Law and has been a trainer and consultant on elections in this country and in emerging democracies.


Bob Posner, Director of Party and Election Finance and Legal Counsel


Find out about Bob Posner...

Bob Posner has been the Electoral Commission’s Legal Counsel since joining the organisation in 2007 and is now also the Director of Party and Election Finance. He has extensive experience over many years in regulatory compliance work and advising on public law. He was returning officer at a number of elections whilst working as a Director and Deputy Chief Executive in local government, and has undertaken consultancy work. He is a Barrister, has a Master’s degree in business management and recently became joint editor of Schofield’s Election Law.

Our Senior Leadership Group


Warren Seddon Head of Public Affairs and Media
Clare Lemon Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communication

Party and Election Finance

Vicky Fox Head of Guidance
Louise Edwards Head of Monitoring and Reporting
Louise Footner Head of Legal and Secretariat

Electoral Administration

Tom Hawthorn Head of Policy
Ailsa Irvine Head of Guidance and Performance 
Phil Thompson Head of Research and Registration

Finance and Corporate Services

Peter Evans Head of Finance
Nigel Wilson Head of Human Resources
Phil Tucker Head of Information, Communication and Technology

Chief Executive

Andy O'Neill Head of Office – Scotland
Ann Watt Head of Office – Northern Ireland 
Rhydian Thomas Head of Office – Wales

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Registers of interests, gifts and hospitality

Fees, travel and subsistence costs

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