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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.

Jump straight to information about Executive Team interests, hospitality and expenses

Our Executive Team

Claire Bassett, Chief Executive

Claire Bassett
Chief Executive

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

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

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance

Ailsa Irvine
Director of Electoral
Administration and Guidance

Bob Posner, Director of Political Finance and Regulation

Bob Posner
Director of Political
Finance and Regulation
and Legal Counsel

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications and Research

Craig Westwood
Director of Communications
and Research

Our Senior Leadership Group

Communications and Research

Warren Seddon Head of Public Affairs and Media
Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communication
Phil Thompson Head of Research

Political Finance and Regulation

Louise Edwards Head of Regulation
Rupert Grist Interim Head of Legal and Secretariat
Tom Hawthorn Head of Policy

Electoral Administration and Guidance

Ailsa Irvine Head of Guidance
Ben Brook Head of Performance and English Regions
Andy O'Neill Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland
Ann Watt Head of Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland
Rhydian Thomas Head of Electoral Commission, Wales

Finance and Corporate Services

Andrew Zuill Interim Head of Finance
Debby Morrell Head of Human Resources
Phil Tucker Head of Information, Communication and Technology

Chief Executive's outside meetings

Registers of interests, gifts and hospitality

View our Executive Team's declared interests, gifts and hospitality...

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Fees, travel and subsistence costs

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2015

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2012

2011

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2009

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