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Sarah Chambers appointed as Electoral Commissioner

Published: 7 Jun 2018

Sarah Chambers, former head of the Postal Services Commission, has been approved as a new Commissioner for the Electoral Commission - the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK.

Sarah was Chief Executive of the mail industry regulator between 2004 and 2008, and currently serves as Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel. Formerly a civil servant, Sarah has been a board and committee member of a number of public organisations, including the Competition and Markets Authority, Bar Standards Board and Judicial Appointments Commission.

The UK Parliament approved the motion to appoint Sarah Chambers, following a rigorous selection process overseen by the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission. The motion was passed by the House of Commons and been given royal assent by Her Majesty the Queen.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Chambers, said:

“This is a compelling time to be joining the Electoral Commission as an independent Commissioner. Democracy is a precious thing which needs to be protected, and its processes updated to reflect the changing needs of our society. There are clearly some tough challenges in the months and years ahead to make voting easier, more accessible and more secure, which I look forward to tackling as part of the Commission.”

Sir John Holmes, Chair of the Electoral Commission, said:

“Sarah Chambers has a wealth of experience in the regulatory and policy fields and is a welcome addition to the Commission. Her insight will help us to ensure our system of regulation is increasingly trusted and transparent.”

Sarah Chambers will serve as an electoral commissioner for four years. All Commissioners are appointed by an independent panel overseen by the Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission and can serve a maximum of two four-year terms.

The Commission board is made up of:

  • A Chair;
  • Four Commissioners nominated by political parties represented in the House of Commons;
  • Three Electoral Commissioners representing Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales; and
  • Two other independent Commissioners.

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For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk

View a full list of our Commissioners.

Notes to editors

1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

2. The selection process for Commissioners is handled by the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, and not by the Electoral Commission itself. Read the Speaker’s Committee report about Sarah’s appointment.

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