New Chief Executive appointed to Electoral Commission

Board member update

Bob Posner has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, following an open recruitment process.

Previously the Commission’s Director of Political Finance and Regulation and Legal Counsel, Bob had served as interim chief executive since January following the departure of the Commission’s previous Chief Executive, Claire Bassett. He takes up the post with immediate effect.

Sir John Holmes, Chair of the Commission, said:

I am delighted to announce Bob’s appointment to this position after an open and competitive recruitment process. Bob brings deep knowledge of the work of the Commission and strong commitment to serving the interests of voters. Recent years have brought an unprecedented range of complex challenges to the UK’s political finance regulator and to our democratic processes. Bob provides valuable stability and continuity in these uncertain times, but most importantly has a clear ambition for the Commission’s long-term success in delivering its plans and priorities. The Board and I look forward to continuing our work with him to these ends.

Bob Posner said:

It is a privilege and responsibility to be Chief Executive of a body that is integral to democracy in the UK. I am committed to ensuring the Electoral Commission delivers on its important duties, and works with others to take forward plans that maintain and strengthen free and fair elections, with transparency of political funding.

Bob joined the Electoral Commission in 2007 and has extensive experience over many years in regulatory compliance and advising on public law. He is a Barrister, was returning officer at a number of elections whilst working as a Director and Deputy Chief Executive in local government, has a Master's degree in business management and is joint editor of Schofield's Election Law.


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Extra notes

Notes to editors

  • Claire Bassett left the Commission at the end of 2018 having been appointed to the Department for International Trade as the Chief Executive Designate of the future Trade Remedies Authority (TRA). Further details on that announcement are available in the associated media statement here.
  • 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.