Headlines: March 12th, 2002

The Home Office has joined the steadily growing list of central department to take on the services of non-executive directors. A number of departments, including the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Secretary, David Blunkett’s previous appointment, have successfully employed non-executive directors for a number of years.The appointment of non executive directors has often coincided with the launch of programmes of change, such as at the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise. Plans to reform the criminal justice system make up an unprecedented reform agenda.

The Home Office Board brings together the top executives from the policy directorates and the main operating businesses – the Prison Service, National Probation Service and Immigration and Nationality. The Board’s main objective is to take corporate responsibility for driving up performance across the Home Office and to build up its capability to meet the targets it has been set, such as reducing crime and drug abuse.

The Board has now been expanded to include three non-executive directors. Derrick Anderson, Chief Executive of Wolverhampton City Council; Patrick Carter, an investment banker who is a director of a number of companies and Denise Kingsmill Deputy Chairman of the Competition Commission who has experience in Industrial Relations, Employment Law and Corporate Governance. They will receive a salary of 13,030 pounds.

Non-executive directors in central department have shown that they can contribute to change management by bringing an external perspective to strategic thinking.