Government Property Agency offers up to £220k for next chief exec

Package represents a significant boost on previous boss Steven Boyd’s remuneration package
St Paul's Place in Sheffield, where the Department for Education, the Home Office and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have a presence Photo: Google Maps

By Jim Dunton

23 Jan 2024

The Government Property Agency has launched a recruitment campaign for its next chief executive and is offering up to £220,000 a year and a potential £30,000 annual bonus to the right candidate.

It represents a significant boost on the £145,000-£150,000 remuneration package that previous chief exec Steven Boyd received during his final years at the Cabinet Office executive agency, which is tasked with managing much of the government’s office and warehouse estate.

Boyd, who oversaw the rollout of the government hubs programme, stepped down after four years as GPA chief exec last November. Mark Bourgeois is currently serving as interim chief exec of the agency, which has around 400 staff.

The advertisement for a permanent successor to Boyd describes the senior civil service pay band 3 role as “a hugely exciting opportunity to lead the organisation through a significant period of change”.

“The GPA is a transformation agent for workplaces, workspaces and work practices,” it states.

“Working closely with local authorities and government departments, the GPA will help move civil service roles from London to towns and cities across the UK – in particular through the Whitehall Campus and government hubs programmes.”

Writing in the candidate pack for the role, Cabinet Office minister Alex Burghart said the new chief exec would be tasked with growing the size of the GPA’s property portfolio from the current two million sq m – with a combined value of “nearly £2bn” – to more than two million sq m.

Burghart said the role was key to delivering on the government’s Places for Growth agenda to relocate civil service roles from the capital to towns and cities across the UK and “delivering the UK’s largest commercial property development programme”.

The advert states that the next GPA chief exec could work from Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newport or Swindon – but cautions that “some attendance” at the London office will be required.

The job also comes with 27% contributions to the Civil Service Pension Scheme, meaning that if the successful applicant secured the top-level £220,000 salary, they would also get CSPS pension contributions of £59,400.

Applications for the role close on 18 February. Recruitment consultant Russell Reynolds Associates is handling the process.

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