The Electoral Commission

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

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Salaries over £60,000

Salaries over £60,000 as at 31 March 2019

Name Job title Annual pay rate (£)*Location
Bob Posner Chief Executive Officer 135,265London
Craig WestwoodDirector of Communications and Research100,445London
Ailsa IrvineDirector of Electoral Administration and Guidance100,067London
Louise EdwardsDirector of Regulation100,067London
Kieran RixDirector of Finance and Corporate Services100,067London
John HolmesCommissioner71,805.00London
Tom Hawthorn Head of Policy 65,000 - 69,999 London
Jennifer HartlandHead of Human Resources65,000 - 69,999London
Joanne Crofton-DigginsHead of Information Communication and Technology65,000 - 69,999London
David BaileyHead of Strategic Planning and Performance65,000 - 69,999London
Charlene HannonHead of Guidance65,000 - 69,999London
Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communications 65,000 - 69,999***London
Mel DavidsonHead of Support and Improvement65,000 - 69,999London
Phil ThompsonHead of Research60,000 - 64,999London
Niki NixonHead of External Communications60,000 - 64,999London
Andy O'Neill Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland 60,000 - 64,999 Scotland
Tim CrowleyHead of Campaigns and Corporate Communications60,000 - 64,999London
Rupert Grist Senior Lawyer 60,000 - 64,999 London
Ann WattHead of Electoral Commission, Northern Ireland60,000 - 64,999**Northern Ireland
Rhydian ThomasHead of Electoral Commission, Wales60,000 - 64,999Wales
Dan AdamsonHead of Monitoring and Enforcement60,000 - 64,999London
Majella La PraikHead of Registration and Reporting60,000 - 64,999London
Carol SweetenhamHead of Projects60,000 - 64,999London
Sheilja Shah Senior Regulatory Lawyer 60,000 - 64,999** London

*Including taxable benefits and allowances

**Part-time hours

***Maternity leave

Details of salary bands below £60,000

Job level Number of staff Salary banding (£)
Manager / Senior Adviser 43 40,000–59,999
Senior Adviser / Officer 34 32,000–39,999
Adviser / Officer 25 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 grades.

All figures are full-time equivalent.

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