May 042020

Chair - The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)

Recruiter: Green Park
Location: London (Greater) (GB)
Salary: £700 per day
Posted: 01 May 2020
Closes: 03 June 2020
Ref: AT9494
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Governance, Strategy
Sector: Government
Contract Type: Voluntary / Trustee
Language: English

Play your part in supporting a healthy democracy

Created in 2009, IPSA was the world’s first fully independent regulator of MPs’ financial remuneration. IPSA’s three main responsibilities are to regulate MPs’ business costs and expenses; to determine MPs’ pay and pension arrangements; and to provide financial support to MPs in carrying out their parliamentary functions.

Now is an exciting time for the organisation, as it moves to a new phase in its development, offering improved levels of service to MPs and their staff within a strong and user-friendly regulatory framework. Getting this right is crucial for a well-functioning Parliament and a healthy democracy.

We are looking for an experienced leader who will oversee the transformation of IPSA as an ambitious and modern authority. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear understanding of the challenges facing IPSA and Parliament, combined with a genuine passion for, and experience of, organisational and cultural change.

We are seeking candidates from a broad range of backgrounds, in particular senior individuals with strategic expertise gained in customer-centric organisations, with a proven ability to bring about change in complex environments, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and excellent communication skills.

They will be confident operating to the highest levels of public accountability, under public, political and media scrutiny. They will personify integrity, trust and resilience.


If you wish to apply for this position, you must submit the following three documents:

  1. A supporting statement (maximum two sides A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out, with clear examples, how you meet the essential criteria as highlighted in the Person Specification. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application, it is an evidence-based document and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  2. A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements. Please provide details of your current remuneration package (and band if you are an internal candidate from within the Civil Service) and two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you. Referees will not be contacted before final interviews without your express permission.
  3. A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way; you may select ‘Prefer not to say’ if you do not wish to answer any questions.

Additionally, please also provide the following:

  • A statement of conflicts of interest (if applicable): if you, your spouse/partner, dependents, business partner or associate have any business interest or other activities which are or could be perceived as a conflict of interest with the role, you should declare that in your supporting statement. This may involve suspending or relinquishing stock market activity.
  • We are a Guaranteed Interview Scheme employer. If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form downloadable.

Please submit your application by noon Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

If you do not receive an automated response email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please call 020 3145 9638 and speak to the Public Sector Search team, who can verify whether your application has been received or not.

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