Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Vacancy details

Salary: up to £125k p.a.

Term: 5 year fixed term, potential to extend for an agreed further term.

Location: While the successful candidate can be based from any location, they will be expected to spend a significant amount of time in all our offices.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm 20 June 2021.


The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is seeking an exceptional leader to be its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

As Britain’s national equality body and a United Nations accredited National Human Rights Institution, it protects and promotes equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Commission was set up by the Equality Act 2006 as a statutory non-departmental public body and operates independently of governments. It is an expert and authoritative organisation and is recognised as a centre of excellence for equality and human rights law, evidence and analysis.

The EHRC has unique legal powers which it uses to challenge discrimination, tackle barriers to equality of opportunity and ensure that everyone can make the most of their rights. Its work is driven by a simple belief – if everyone gets a fair chance in life, we all thrive.

It works in partnership with other organisations and individuals to achieve its aims, but is ready to take tough action against those who abuse the rights of others.

The new CEO will be responsible for the success of the EHRC with delegated responsibility from the Board for leadership, management, and day-to-day operations.

There are exciting challenges to be faced in the near future; the CEO will work with stakeholders and the Board to create a long-term vision and strategy for the EHRC, taking overall responsibility for developing and delivering the organisation’s strategic plan for 2022–25. 

Working with the Chair and Commissioners, the CEO will represent the EHRC nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will need significant, proven, operational leadership experience at a senior level. They will need the resilience to work under pressure and to be able to demonstrate that they can lead and inspire a team to deliver challenging objectives in a complex stakeholder environment.

They will need a proven track record of delivering strategic projects in a lean and agile organisation and to have the capacity to work with multiple stakeholders both domestically and internationally. This can be through experience operating as a CEO in the Public, Private or Not for Profit sectors or of working in a senior leadership role within a larger organisation with accountability for a leading a significant function.   

Policy experience within the equality and human rights field is not essential but an understanding of the political environment within which the EHRC operates will be an advantage.

This individual will lead the EHRC in building its inclusive culture, lead and develop the Senior Executive team and act as the primary advisor to the Chair and Board to ensure that it delivers its statutory duties.

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Last updated: 24 May 2021