Apr 012019

4 Commissioners - Geospatial Commission

Body: Geospatial Commission
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: The annual fee for each Commissioner is £15,000. Reasonable travel expenses and subsistence will be reimbursed where appropriate. The role is not pensionable
Time Requirements: The Commission will meet formally around nine times a year. There will be other opportunities to be involved throughout the year to provide the leadership and engagement with stakeholders needed to establish a credible new government body.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 27/03/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 06/05/2019
  • Panel Sift: 14/05/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 06/06/2019
  • Announcement: TBC

Assessment Panel

  • Sir Andrew Dilnot - Panel Chair - Chair Commissioner • Departmental Official
  • Nigel Clifford - Deputy Chair Commissioner • Departmental Official
  • Sarah Henry - Director of Methods, Data and Research, Office for National Statistics • Senior Independent Panel Member

Vacancy Description

Commissioners will work closely with the Chair, Sir Andrew Dilnot, and Deputy Chair, Nigel Clifford, to develop an ambitious, sustainable strategy for UK geospatial data which will drive investment and innovation and boost the whole UK economy. We are looking to recruit up to four Commissioners from a range of backgrounds.

The Commission will be supported by a Geospatial Unit that will act as secretariat, develop analysis and co-ordinate delivery of the Commission’s recommendations. The establishment of the Commission provides many opportunities as well as challenges and we are seeking Commissioners with insight, energy and enthusiasm.

The Commission’s first responsibility is to develop and implement the UK’s first Geospatial Strategy, basing it on strong analysis and identification of clear opportunities for the public and private sectors. This will be informed by the Call for Evidence which was published in August 2018.


  • Providing expert, impartial advice to the government on geospatial data, including advice on prioritisation and value for money
  • Building broad cross-sector support and consensus around Commission recommendations
  • Proposing effective allocations of Commission Budgets to target high-value opportunities
  • Monitoring performance of public sector bodies responsible for delivering the geospatial strategy
  • Chairing Commission working groups, facilitating deep dives into priority areas via detailed, collaborative, stakeholder engagement
  • Ensuring the Commission conforms to the highest levels of propriety
  • Engaging with stakeholders, including industry, government, academia, interest groups and the public
  • Representing the Commission in public and at industry events

Person Specification


  • Ability to provide robust, independent advice, under a high level of public interest and scrutiny, and use a public profile to build consensus
  • Credibility with government, industry and the public
  • Ability to process complex information, take a long-term view and weigh probabilities to reach clear conclusions
  • Clear communication of complex topics
  • An understanding of geospatial data and its applications, especially to business, front line service delivery or academia


This should include one or many of:

  • A highly-regarded leader in their field
  • Experience of strategic leadership at senior levels of government, academia or business
  • Track record of communicating and influencing at the highest levels
  • Experience of representing organisations in public, with a range of stakeholders
  • Understanding or experience of growing a company in the digital economy

Additional Information

Geospatial information – data about where people and objects are in relation to a particular geographic location – is shining an increasingly bright light on our place in the world.

As geospatial data and technologies become more relevant and widely applicable, we want to make sure that the UK remains at the forefront of the geospatial revolution both at home and internationally.

The Autumn 2017 Budget committed to establishing a new Geospatial Commission at the centre of government to pursue an ambitious national strategy for geospatial data use, which is increasingly a key underpinning of the digital economy.

The Government is seeking outstanding leaders to sit as Commissioners on the Geospatial Commission, who have in depth understanding of businesses and public bodies and how they may utilise geospatial data and services.

How to Apply

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Odgers Berndtson on behalf of the Geospatial Commission. If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – All candidates are also requested to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Your Diversity Monitoring Form will be stored separately from your application and will play no part in the selection process
  • Political Activity/Conflicts of Interest Questionnaire – This can be found by visiting www.odgers.com/71505. Please download the form and return to anne.neill@odgersberndtson.com

The preferred method of application is online at www.odgers.com/71505

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to: 71505@odgersberndtson.com

Any postal applications should be sent to:

Government Practice
Odgers Berndtson
20 Cannon Street
London EC4M 6XD

All applications will receive a response.

Further Information

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Simon McDonald on +44 207 529 6359 or Rebecca Meredith on +44 207 529 1019.

Due Diligence

Please note that due diligence will be carried out on shortlisted candidates. Candidates should expect this to include searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information.

Personal Data

In line with GDPR, we ask that you do NOT send us any information that can identify children or any of your Sensitive Personal Data (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning health or sex life and sexual orientation, genetic and/or biometric data) in your CV and application documentation. Following this notice, any inclusion of your Sensitive Personal Data in your CV/application documentation will be understood by us as your express consent to process this information going forward. Please also remember to not mention anyone’s information or details (e.g. referees) who have not previously agreed to their inclusion.

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