Portrait photo headshot of Secretary to the Commission Sam Hartley

Sam Hartley

Secretary to the Commission

“The opportunity to establish a brand new organisation, that can have a real impact on people’s lives, is a unique and exciting one. I’m convinced the great team of staff we’ve built will be effective in supporting Rob and the board as they look into the issues around aviation noise.”

Appointed 7 January 2019

Sam is an experienced public sector senior leader, specialising in working for independent arms-length bodies. As Secretary to the Commission, Sam leads the team of staff that supports the board of commissioners. He was appointed in January 2019 and has been responsible for establishing the new organisation. His background is in the constitutional and regulatory field. Prior to taking this role, he led the Boundary Commission for England, delivering the most recent review of Parliamentary boundaries in late 2018, and has also had senior roles in healthcare, constitutional and electoral regulators, as well as in the Cabinet Office. He sits as an independent member on a Government department Audit and Risk Committee, and is Chair of Governors at his children’s school.