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Claire Bassett

Independent Trustee

Claire became Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission in October 2015. The Commission is the UK’s independent elections watchdog and regulator of party and election finance. 

Previously, Claire was Chief Executive of the Parole Board, the independent body responsible for deciding whether prisoners can be safely released and before this was CEO of the Criminal Cases Review Commission which investigates potential miscarriages of justice.  

As Services Director of Nacro, the crime reduction charity and Chief Executive of NCE, Nacro’s housing association she was responsible for a wide range of services delivered across England and Wales. Earlier in her career she was Chief Executive of Connexions, Milton Keynes, Oxon and Bucks and she held various roles at the Legal Services Commission. She began her career as a management trainee in the construction industry.  

Claire is also a non-executive director of the Homegroup, one of the UK’s largest providers of housing and support services.

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