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Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Home Office
Appointing Department
Home Office
Charity & Public Sector, Communities, International, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Initially London. However, to support the Places for Growth and levelling up agenda, it has been agreed that the role will move out of London by 2025. The Commissioner will input into the regional location.
Skills required
International Experience, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies
Time Requirements
Full time, 3 year appointment

Campaign Timeline

  1. Competition Launched


  2. Closed for Applications


  3. Panel Sift


  4. Final Interview Date


  5. Announcement



An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

On 15 December 2022, The Home Secretary and Safeguarding Minister would like the role of the IASC to continue, and would like a new competition to be run. This is been progressed.

Assessment Panel

Panel Member
Olivia Grant OBE
Panel Role
Panel Chair
Senior Independent Panel Member
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Political Activity-
Panel Member
Joanna West
Tackling Exploitation and Abuse Director, Public Safety Group, Home Office Departmental Official
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Panel Member
James Cooper
Home Office, Non-Executive Director Other Panel Member
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Vacancy Description

Do you have a clear vision for tackling modern slavery in the UK?

It’s a sad fact that around the world today, millions of men, women and children are cruelly enslaved and exploited. However, this is not something that just happens overseas, it is happening here and now across cities, towns and villages in the UK.

The Government is committed to tackling this abhorrent crime, building on the UK’s strong track record in supporting victims and pursuing and punishing the perpetrators. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 established the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to drive up the strategic response by Governments and its partners to tackle modern slavery in the UK and overseas.

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to take up the post of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. You will have a track record of strategic leadership, a clear vision for the role, and will be able to engage people from across a range of backgrounds and viewpoints.

You will work across the UK, and where needed, internationally, with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the public and private sector, NGOs and civil society, and directly with victims, to help build an evidence base so we can better target our collective activity to stamp out this vile crime for good.

Knowledge and experience of building relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including law enforcement bodies, both nationally and internationally, and the capability to conduct challenging conversations will be essential. The successful candidate will also have knowledge and experience of working with victims, including an understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by victims and the support they should receive.

This will be a three-year fixed term appointment as an office holder with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

It is essential that you provide in your supporting statement evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.


  • Knowledge and experience of working with victims, including an understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by victims and the support they should receive.
  • Proven track record in managing relationships with diverse stakeholders who have differing priorities.
  • Knowledge and experience of building relationships with statutory bodies, nationally and internationally, and the capability to conduct challenging conversations.
  • An understanding of how to improve strategic delivery and a successful track record in promoting the use of good practice.
  • Evidence of strategic leadership at senior levels of government, law enforcement, civil society, the public sector or academia.
  • Evidence of representing organisations in public, including in the media and with a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong communication, negotiating and interpersonal skills to build effective working relationships with Ministers, policy owners, government departments, the media, and other key stakeholders, including the wider public sector, civil society, law enforcement and local communities.


You should also be able to demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding of the role of evidence-based analysis in informing policy in an area of political and public attention and sensitivity.
  • Ability to be a highly regarded, credible and confident leader, with the ability to lead effective boards and organisations.
  • 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 governments, the sector, industry and the public.
  • Experience in one or more sectors related to tackling modern slavery domestically and/ or internationally is desirable.

As a holder of a public office the Commissioner is expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Additional Information

Candidates should hold Security Check (SC) security clearance or be willing to obtain this.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00, Monday 17 January 2022.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:

  1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to conflicts of interest.
  4. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.

Please include the heading (Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments (and note that short-listed candidates will also be required to complete and return a separate form in relation to referees and nationality information).

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.