The Chair of the Commission is Professor Colin Mellors OBE. He is supported by a Deputy Chair and a team of commissioners. The Commission is supported by a team of staff lead by the Chief Executive, Jolyon Jackson CBE.
Professor Colin Mellors was appointed Chair of the Commission on 1 January 2016, following a period as Deputy Chair.
Colin is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of York, where he recently served for eight years as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Previously, he held a similar position at the University of Bradford. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and, earlier in his career, held academic posts at the universities of Southampton and Sheffield.
He is a Board Member of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Previous roles include being a Non-Executive Director of the Government Office for Yorkshire & Humber.
Although a career academic, he has devoted significant time to roles in the public sector focusing on local government, business development and capacity building with private sector and community partners.
Colin was awarded an OBE in June 2017 for services to economic development in Yorkshire.
Susan Johnson was the Chief Executive at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service until her retirement in July 2015. The appointment meant Susan was the first woman and non-uniformed chief executive to lead a Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom.
Susan previously held the position of Chief Executive of the Northern Business Forum and Executive Director, Business Development for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward. Susan has held a number of non-executive roles throughout her career including Greggs plc, Legacy Trust UK and was a Public Member for Network Rail. She is currently a Commissioner with the Equality and Human Rights Commission; a Non-Executive Director with the Health and Safety Executive, the Planning Inspectorate and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.
Susan holds a first-class honours degree in Business Studies and an MBA from Durham University, where she also serves as a Trustee on the Board. Susan was awarded an OBE for services to New Deal in the North East in 2000.
Peter Maddison is currently the Chair of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body, a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body, and Trustee of the Creating Tomorrow Multi Academy Trust, Northamptonshire, which focuses on pupils with Special Educational Needs.
Previously, Peter was Chair of the Security and Emergency Services division of Atmaana Consulting from 2013-2018. He was a member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body from 2013-2018, and Deputy Chair of a Parish Council in Northamptonshire from 2014-2018. He was also one of the leaders in the development and implementation of the Police Safety and Security Strategy for the 2012 London Olympic Games from 2009-2012. This Olympic work was a continuance of his police career of 34 years in which he worked in Durham, Hertfordshire and finally as the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Constabulary. As Chief Constable, Peter led nationally on Performance Management for Policing, was the East Midlands regional Chair, and was the strategic lead for a variety of other national initiatives.
Andrew Scallan served as Director of Electoral Administration at the Electoral Commission for 10 years until January 2017 and was the Deputy Chief Counting Officer at the referendum on membership of the European Union in 2016. Before joining the Electoral Commission, he worked for Manchester City Council in a range of roles including democratic and regulatory services. He is also an Honorary Member of the Association of Electoral Administrators and is a former joint editor of Schofield's Election Law.
Andrew was appointed CBE in January 2016 for services to electoral democracy.
Steve Robinson has 20 years’ experience of holding senior positions in both local government and housing associations. Steve was the first chief executive of the new unitary council in Cheshire West and Chester Council established in September 2008. Before joining Cheshire West and Chester Council, he was the chief executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Steve was appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to oversee the improvement of Birmingham City Council as a member of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel between 2015 and March 2019.
Amanda Nobbs is a St Georges Leadership Fellow. Amanda was Chair of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for eight years, working with Local Councils across London and the South East, and she served on the Defra Flood Programme Board, the Mayor of London’s Water Advisory Group and on the Strategic Programme Boards for a number of major infrastructure projects. Her public service has also included Advisory Committee appointments relating to environmental protection, waste management, waterways and tourism.
Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Council for National Parks for 10 years, a role which included working in Parliament and with Local Authorities across England and Wales.
Amanda also has extensive experience of working with residents’ groups providing a community perspective on engaging with local government.
Amanda was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to flood risk management and protection of the environment.