As the Civil Service undertakes programmes of major reform, Ms Rider will help drive strategic change within the service. This will include providing leadership for the Service's programmes transforming the professional skills of civil servants, developing leaders and promoting diversity. She will also act as Head of Profession for HR professionals across government, building up the Service's HR capability. She will report directly to Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service.
'I am delighted that we have been able to secure the appointment of Gill Rider. She is a first rate performer with extensive experience of change. Her experience of developing leadership throughout her organisation and beyond is highly relevant to the current Civil Service reform programme and I look forward to working closely with her on transforming the way in which HR operates across the Service.'
Gill Rider joined Accenture in 1979 following a PhD in Botany from the University of Southampton. Throughout the 1980s she consulted to financial companies, health, government and utilities. She became a Partner in 1990 and has since held a variety of management roles including the leadership of the Energy, Utilities, Chemicals and Natural Resources business in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
She was also appointed Chair of Accenture UK and Ireland, a position she held until 2001. In 2002 she took the position of global Chief Leadership Officer, reporting to the Accenture CEO, to lead the people side of the transition from Partnership to Public Company.
Ms Rider spent her first two years in the role focussing on the development of the leadership capabilities and professional skills of the staff, including managing the HR organisation. Reward was also a significant issue and she worked on diversity. The focus of her most recent role is the development of the company's human capital strategy, and the execution of that through leadership, succession planning, change management, and corporate social responsibility.