Appointment of the Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Contents

Appendix 1: Role description and person specification

About the role

Being Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is a role like no other and now is an exciting time to join an organisation that is embarking on a major programme of transformation, with a real desire to put customer service at the forefront of its regulatory functions.

IPSA’s mission is to enable MPs to focus on what really matters by providing an exemplary, seamless regulatory service, underpinning its purpose of supporting democracy with great service, fair rules and wise spending.

Its purpose, mission and values are all newly defined through extensive internal and external engagement and IPSA have recently secured additional funding through the Speaker’s Committee for IPSA (SCIPSA) to deliver its new 3-year Corporate Plan.

This plan is ambitious. It requires cultural change, technological improvements and end-to-end system and process redesign but must be delivered alongside IPSA’s existing day to day operations, which with only 100 staff is a significant ask.

IPSA needs a Chair who can support a substantially new executive leadership team on an exciting but challenging journey in which media interest is never far away and powerful stakeholders need careful, tailored engagement to allow it the space to improve.

Key responsibilities

The Chair of IPSA plays a pivotal role in the leadership of the organisation. In particular, the Chair:

Remuneration: £700 per day

Time commitment: around 2 days a week.

Length of term: up to five years.

Political restrictions

Security clearance

CTC security clearance is required.

Role of the board

IPSA’s Board provides the strategic leadership of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, safeguarding its independence, acting as an advocate for its values and delivering its objectives: meeting its statutory duties; helping to restore confidence in Parliament; and providing efficient and cost-effective administration of services which meet the needs of taxpayers, MPs and their staff.

The Board ensures that IPSA exercises its statutory obligations, including:

The Board sets the strategic priorities for IPSA as an organisation ensuring it is efficient, cost-effective and fit for purpose and delivers its objectives. In doing so, the Board:

The Board also:

The Standing Orders of the IPSA Board can be found here.

Person specification

It is essential that your application demonstrates evidence of achievement in the areas listed below as far as you are able to. These will be used to assess the suitability of candidates to take forward to the long listing stage of the process. They will then be explored further with candidates invited to interview.




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