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Assistant Commissioners selected to support the 2023 Boundary Review

The Boundary Commission for England has today published its list of 16 Assistant Commissioners who will assist in the conduct of the 2023 Boundary Review.

Each region has been assigned two Assistant Commissioners to support Commission staff in their review of parliamentary constituencies in England. They are likely to attend public hearings in their designated region, and assist in analysing the responses sent in by the public during the initial and secondary consultations to the initial proposals for new constituency boundaries and names. 

The Assistant Commissioners will advise the Commissioners on where, if any, revisions should be made to the initial proposals. The Lead Assistant Commissioner is also responsible for chairing the public hearings in their assigned region. 

The new Assistant Commissioners, who were appointed through a process of open competition, are listed below along with their designated regions.

The full biographies for each Assistant Commissioner can be read here.

Eastern Jane Kilgannon (Lead)

David Brown QFSM

East Midlands Peter Fish CB (Lead)

Alison Blom-Cooper

London John Feavyour QPM (Lead)

Parjinder Basra

North East Tim Foy OBE (Lead)

Simon Barnes

North West Andy Brennan QPM (Lead)

David Brown QFSM

South East Howard Simmons (Lead)

Simon Tinkler

South West Anita Bickerdike (Lead)
West Midlands Sir David Natzler KCB (Lead)

Ruth Bagley OBE

Yorkshire and the Humber Professor Paul Wiles CB (Lead)

Suzanne McCarthy


We received 219 applications for these positions, and interviewed 46 shortlisted candidates between April and May 2021. The diversity statistics for the selection process were as follows:

Diversity Characteristic


Applied Invited to Interview Appointed
Female 35 (16%) 13 (28%) 6 (33%)
Male 167 (76%) 31 (68%) 12 (67%)
Not Declared 17 (8%) 2 (4%) 0



Applied Invited to interview Appointed
Yes 10 (5%) 2 (4%) 0
No 189 (86%) 42 (92%) 18 (100%)
Prefer not to say / Not declared 20 (9%) 2 (4%) 0



Applied Invited to interview Appointed
White 184 (84%) 38 (82%) 16 (89%)
BAME 17 (8%) 5 (11%) 2 (11%)
Prefer not to say / Not declared 18 (8%) 3 (7%) 0