Civil Service Commission appoints five new members

Commissioners will oversee recruitment into the civil service and sit on selection boards for top posts


By Suzannah.Brecknell

24 Apr 2017

Five new commissioners have been appointed to join the Civil Service Commission, including former senior civil servants, a social entrepreneur and human rights and equalities commissioner.

The Civil Service Commission is an independent statutory body that regulates appointments to the civil service, ensuring that they are made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.  It also hears appeals brought by civil servants under the Civil Service Code, and has a duty to promote the code.

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The new commissioners, who will each serve for five years and work for between four and eight days a month, are Natalie Campbell, Margaret Edwards, Rosie Glazebrook, June Milligan and Joe Montgomery

Commenting on their appointment, first commissioner, Ian Watmore said: “The open competition for these posts attracted an extremely strong field of candidates. I am really delighted that people with such a wealth of talent and experience - from a wide range of backgrounds - are joining our board.

“A number of experienced commissioners have recently finished their fixed terms of office. These new appointments will mean the Commission has both the capacity and the breadth of experience to meet the recruitment demands of the civil service in the run up to Brexit and beyond.“

Natalie Campbell is currently on sabbatical from the social innovation company she co-founded, A Very Good Company. She is also a board member of the Big Lottery Fund UK.

Margaret Edwards is a non-executive director of the Government Internal Audit Agency and was previously the chair of the Senior Salaries Review Board and the Civil Service Pension Board.  She has also worked in the private and health sectors, including at the Department of Health.

Rosie Glazebrook is a non-executive director at Public Health England and a board member of the Food Standards Agency. She also chairs the Camden and Kings Cross Research Ethics Committee at the NHS Health Research Authority.

June Milligan is the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Wales, and a member of the Court of the University of Glasgow. Prior to this she has worked as a senior civil servant including as the director general, local government and communities in the Welsh Government and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  She will be the linked Commissioner for the Welsh Government.

Joe Montgomery has worked as a director general in the communities department and Office of Deputy Prime Minister, and has also held a number of senior private sector roles focusing on property and regeneration.

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