Ofwat COO moves to Government Property Agency

Lisa Commane appointed to oversee delivery and operations at the GPA
Cabinet Office minister Jeremy Quin at the construction site for the government's First Street hub in Manchester. Photo: Cabinet Office

By CSW staff

19 Sep 2023

Lisa Commane, currently the chief operating at officer at Ofwat, will join the Government Property Agency as COO in October.

As well as coordinating delivery of the GPA’s programmes of work, Commane will oversee corporate services at the agency including commercial, HR, legal, data and technology.

Before joining Ofwat in 2017, Commane was director of customer services and transformation at Coventry City Council. She has also spent time in the private sector, having started her career at the professional services firm KPMG, where she trained as an accountant.

Commane is also a board member at the MHA, the UK’s largest charitable provider of care for older people.

GPA chief executive Steven Boyd said: “Lisa joining us as our new COO further strengthens our executive team as we continue our transformation journey across the government’s office estate. Lisa’s expertise in leading transformational change will help us deliver the outcomes that our clients and customers need, allowing government departments to continue delivering for the communities they serve.”

Commane said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the GPA at this important time in the agency’s growth and development. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the established executive team and others to deliver on our ambition for growth across the UK, the green agenda and to play our part in transforming the civil service."

The GPA is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. It was set up in 2018 with a remit to manage government offices and warehouses and now has responsibility for nearly a million square metres of the government’s property estate.

It  now leads on the hubs programme to relocate civil servants in new offices, often in city centres, away from smaller, older offices in towns.

The programme is targeting the delivery of around 30 hubs by the end of the decade – and potentially up to 50. It is also closely aligned to the Places for Growth programme to relocate 22,000 roles away from the capital by 2030.

Recent milestones have included starting construction on the First Street Hub in Manchester, and opening the GPA’s fifth hub in Peterborough.

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