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 Dec 2018

Name Job title Annual pay rate (£)*Location
Claire Bassett Chief Executive Officer 135,265London
Craig WestwoodDirector of Communications and Research100,445London
Kieran Rix Director of Finance and Corporate Services 100,067London
Bob Posner Director of Political Finance and Regulation 100,067London
Ailsa Irvine Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance 100,067London
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
Jennifer HartlandHead of Human Resources65,000–69,999London
Emma Hartley Head of Campaigns and Corporate Communications 65,000–69,999 London
Mel DavidsonHead of Support and Improvement65,000–69,999London
Jo Crofton-DigginsHead of Information Communication and Technology65,000–69,999London
David BaileyHead of Strategic Planning and Performance65,000–69,999London
Niki NixonHead of External Communications60,000–64,999London
Martin LordHead of Guidance (Interim)60,000–64,999London
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
Rupert Grist Senior Lawyer 60,000–64,999 London
Carol SweetenhamHead of Projects60,000–64,999London
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

*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 43 40,000–59,999
Senior Adviser / Officer 35 32,000–39,999
Adviser / Officer 31 25,000–31,999
Assistant 7 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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