The Electoral Commission

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

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Salaries over £60,000

On this page you can find:

  • names, job titles and salaries of Electoral Commission staff with salaries over £60,000
  • details of staff at salary bands below £60,000

Salaries over £60,000 as at 30 April 2018

Name Job title Annual pay rate (£)*Location
Claire Bassett Chief Executive Officer 132,613London
Craig WestwoodDirector of Communications and Research98,475London
Kieran Rix Director of Finance and Corporate Services 98,105London
Bob Posner Director of Political Finance and Regulation 98,105London
Ailsa Irvine Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance 98,105London
Stuart BlayneyInterim Head of Human Resources85,000-89,000London
Louise Footner Head of Legal and Secretariat 70,000–74,999** London
Louise Edwards Head of Regulation 70,000–74,999 London
John Holmes Chair 69,700** London
Sheilja Shah Senior Regulatory Lawyer 65,000–69,999** London
Tom Hawthorn Head of Policy 65,000–69,999 London
Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communications 60,000–64,999 London
Niki NixonHead of External Communications60,000–64,999London
Charlene HannonHead of Guidance60,000–64,999London
Phil Thompson Head of Research 60,000–64,999 London
Andy O'Neill Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland 60,000–64,999 Outside London
Mel Davidson Head of Support and Improvement 60,000–64,999 London
Rupert Grist Senior Lawyer 60,000–64,999 London
Rhydian Thomas Head of Electoral Commission, Wales 60,000–64,999 Outside London
Ann Watt Head of Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland 60,000–64,999** Outside London
Jo Crofton-Diggins Head of Information Communication and Technology 60,000–64,999 London
Katy ThomasHead of Strategic Planning and Resourcing60,000–64,999London

* including taxable benefits and allowances

** Part-time hours

Details of salary bands below £60,000

Job level Number of staff Salary banding (£)
Manager / Senior Adviser 38 40,000–59,999
Senior Adviser / Officer 26 32,000–39,999
Adviser / Officer 23 25,000–31,999
Assistant 6 20,000–24,999


Actual salaries for the Chair and Executive team are published in our annual resource accounts, therefore actuals are shown above for these staff.

We do not use Senior Civil Service (SCS) grades.

All figures are full-time equivalent.

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