The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Executive Team and Senior Leadership Group

Our Executive Team support our Commissioners by providing the day-to-day leadership to implement our strategy successfully.

Our Executive Team

Claire Bassett, Chief Executive

Claire Bassett
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

Kieran Rix
Director of Finance
and Corporate Services

Our Senior Leadership Group

Communications and Research

Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communication
Phil Thompson Head of Research
Niki Nixon Head of External Communications

Political Finance and Regulation

Louise Edwards Head of Regulation
Louise Footner Head of Legal
Tom Hawthorn Head of Policy

Electoral Administration and Guidance

Melanie Davidson Head of Support and Improvement
Martin Lord Head of Guidance
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

David Bailey Head of Strategic Planning and Performance
Jennifer Hartland Head of Human Resources
Joanne Crofton-Diggins 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...

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Fees, travel and subsistence costs

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2017-18

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10

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