What our Commissioners do

Our Commissioners lead our strategy and set our priorities.

We have ten Commissioners, each with different political backgrounds and experience. This ensures broad representation and balanced views. The Speaker's Committee is recruiting for a Commissioner to represent the smaller parties.

Find out more about how our Commissioners are selected.

The role of our commissioners

Our Commissioners form part of the Commission Board, along with our executive team, and:

  • set our overall strategic direction, and ensure we deliver our strategic goals
  • set our regulatory priorities, and monitor our regulatory activity
  • make regulatory or other statutory decisions, if required
  • ensure we use public funds efficiently and effectively, and operate within our limits and to high standards of governance

The appointment of our commissioners

The Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, with membership drawn from MPs within the UK Parliament, oversees the recruitment of electoral commissioners. The candidates for these posts are then approved by the House of Commons and appointed by the Monarch. The Speaker’s Committee is also responsible for deciding any reappointment of members following a first term of service. 

Names and biographies of our commissioners