Appointment of the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Contents

Appendix 4: Letter from Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP to the two Committee Chairs announcing the Government’s preferred candidate


I am writing with an update on the EHRC Chair recruitment, further to the letter Caroline Dinenage sent you on 15 October about the pre-appointment scrutiny hearing for the new Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The selection panel carried out the recruitment process in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. Following interviews which took place on 12 February, the panel recommended three candidates who they considered had met the selection criteria.

Before making my decision I met all three candidates on 9 March and I have now chosen David Isaac as my preferred candidate to be Chair of the EHRC. Mr Isaac will therefore progress to the pre-appointment scrutiny stage. I am attaching his CV for your information. Mr Isaac has been informed and is aware that he will need to appear before a joint hearing of your Committee, and the Joint Committee on Human Rights for pre­ -appointment scrutiny on Wednesday 23 March at 3.15pm.

My officials in the Government Equalities Office will liaise with the Committee Clerks to ensure that you have everything you need in time before the hearing.

I look forward to receiving your report following the scrutiny session, which I understand is likely to be sent to me on the morning of Tuesday 29 March. I am grateful for the help of the Committee in making such timely arrangements for this hearing.

I have written to the Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman MP, Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, in similar terms.

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Minister for Women & Equalities

14 March 2016

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