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Executive and management team

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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

Peter Wardle, Chief Executive

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Peter Wardle has been the Chief Executive of the UK Electoral Commission since December 2004.

He spent the earlier part of his career as a civil servant, including spells as a Minister’s private secretary. He worked on the first major outsourcing of government IT services, negotiated international tax treaties as a “tax diplomat” and was a management board member of the Inland Revenue (Director, Strategy and Planning) and the Cabinet Office (Director, Corporate Services).

He graduated from Oxford University, studied public management at Imperial College Business School. He attended the Cabinet Office’s Top Management Programme in 2002-03 and the Windsor Leadership Trust’s Strategic Leadership Consultation in 2006.

Peter sits on the group audit committee of a major housing association and previously served as a non-executive director of his local hospital board.

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

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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

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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


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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 on Elections Law.

Our Management Team


Warren Seddon Head of Public Affairs and Media
Vacant Head of Campaigns and Public Information

Party and Election Finance

Vicky Fox Head of Guidance
Kate Engles Head of Policy 
Vacant Head Casework and Investigations
Vacant Head of Monitoring and Reporting

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
Dale Cox Interim Head of Human Resources
Phil Tucker Head of Information, Communication and Technology

Chief Executive

Vacant Head of Legal and Secretariat

Andy O'Neill Head of Office – Scotland
Ann Watt Head of Office – Northern Ireland
Kay Jenkins Head of Office – Wales / Head of English Regions

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Fees, travel and subsistence costs

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