The Ministry of Defence has appointed former Department for Education COO Mike Green as chief executive of its Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
Green has taken over from Graham Dalton, who left the organisation last month after leading it for more than five years.
A stalwart of the DfE, Green joined in 2012 as director of capital at the Education Funding Agency and has held roles such as director of commercial and departmental lead for the response to Grenfell during his decade-long stint.
Green, who had his first day as DIO chief yesterday, said he is “honoured” to take up the role at an organisation he has been “watching with interest from the sidelines for many years”.
“Over the next few months, I will be getting to know the organisation and working closely with our customers to ensure that the needs of service personnel and families are at the forefront of everything we do,” he added.
Before joining the civil service, Green was a civil engineer and spent his career in the private sector working for companies such as Boots.
The DIO is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the Armed Forces by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.
MOD permanent secretary David Williams said Green “brings a wealth of very relevant leadership, commercial, transformation and delivery experience and the strong customer focus required to deliver effective service improvements”.
The DfE is searching for a new COO to replace Green, offering a salary of up to £145,000 a year for the right candidate.
Applications for the role must be submitted by this Friday.