16 December 2010
Some of the most senior and experienced leaders from across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors have been appointed as Non-Executive Board Members (NEBMs) to Whitehall Boards.
This will build on the work led by the Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude to make Government operate in a more business-like manner.
This first tranche of Lead Non-Executive Board Members and Non-Executive Board Members have all been selected for their experience in improving performance across a wide range of industries. They will play a key role in shaking up governance across Whitehall and ensuring the right strategic leadership is in place so departments can meet the Government’s challenging reform programme.
Appointees in bold are the Lead Non-Executive Board Members.
* denotes incumbents who have been invited to continue their existing non-executive appointment on the new board.
The list includes individuals who have been specifically chosen from a variety of sectors to bring a diversity of views to government. Examples include: Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; Sara Weller, Chief Executive of Argos; and Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam. In addition, of the 31 Board Members being announced today, 13 (42%) are women.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:
We are doing everything we can to ensure that the centre of Government operates as efficiently as possible and information released today shows that new efficiency measures have already saved over £1 billion. Today’s names include business heavyweights with huge experience of financial management and improving operational performance and they will play a key role in helping departments rise to the challenge and deliver further savings. Previously, we have paid millions of pounds to consultants for this kind of advice.
We want to see policy making and delivery working much more closely together and expect the Non-Executive Board Members to play a central role in challenging departments to deliver the Government’s objectives in a timely and cost-effective way. Ministers will find their involvement are vital support in ensuring policy can be delivered effectively.
We are very grateful to Lord Browne for all the effort he has made in working with Secretaries of State to make today’s appointments. The scale of this exercise, and the high calibre appointments, meant it was similar to making appointments to FTSE 100 boards from scratch and getting it right takes time.
Lord Browne, who was appointed earlier in the year to serve as the Government’s Lead Non-executive Board Members said:
By appointing world-class leaders from outside government to Whitehall’s departmental boards we have taken an important step forward in realising the Government’s reform agenda. Drawing on their experience, knowledge and expertise, the Non-Executive Board Members will play a principal role in bringing a more business-like ethos to the very heart of government. I would like to thank them for dedicating their time and effort to help deliver greater value from our public services. This is a challenge we are excited to be tackling together.
The Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Sir Gus O’Donnell said:
Between them, these Non-Executive Board Members represent the very best and brightest from the commercial sector, as well as having a wealth of experience from the public and not-for-profit sectors and I welcome them all to their posts. In just a few months the Government has moved efficiency right to the very top of the agenda and these appointees will be a real asset to Permanent Secretaries, who are working to deliver these ambitious reforms.
The first board meetings are expected to take place in January 2011 and as members of the new Departmental Boards, Non-Executive Board Members will help steer responsibility for the strategic and operational leadership of the department and for agreeing the department’s three year rolling business plan.
They will also provide advice and support to Ministers and civil servants, challenge discussions and discuss any performance issues with Lord Browne and the Prime Minister.
The remaining list of Non-Executive Board Members will be published in the New Year and it is expected this process will be completed by the end of the first quarter. The appointments are an important part of the Government’s reform programme and it is important to take the time to ensure each department has the right strategic leadership in place.
Each departmental board will include three or four Non-Executive Board Members and the protocol for the enhanced boards has also been published today.
In June, Lord Browne of Madingley, the former Chief Executive of BP was appointed to the post of Government Lead Non-Executive Director and lead Non-Executive director board member on the Cabinet Office board, chaired by Francis Maude. Since his appointment, he has worked with Secretaries of State to appoint today’s Non-Executive Directors to the board of each government department.
Lord John Browne of Madingley was born in 1948. He joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice. He holds a degree in Physics from Cambridge University and a MS Business from Stanford University, California. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has numerous honorary degrees, fellowships and awards. He joined the Board of BP in 1992 and became its Group Chief Executive in 1995 until 2007. He has been the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Apax Partners LLC (2006-7), non-executive director of Intel (1997-2006), DaimlerChrysler AG (1996-2001), Goldman Sachs (1997-2007 ) and SmithKline Beecham (1996-1999). He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999-2002. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.
He is presently a Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings LLC, a company which invests in renewable and conventional energy. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tate, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chairman of the advisory board of the Cambridge Judge Business School, and a member of a variety of advisory boards.