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Plans published today outline how the new Department for Communities and Local Government will be reshaped to deliv...
Plans published today outline how the new Department for Communities and Local Government will be reshaped to deliver its ambition to drive social mobility and promote economic inclusion.

Local government secretary Ruth Kelly said:

'DCLG's work is at the heart of the government's commitment to social justice - driving social mobility and promoting economic inclusion.

My vision is of a department on the side of people who want to make a difference, where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and to build a stake in society for them and their families.

'We want strong, cohesive communities in which people feel comfortable and proud to live, with a vibrant civic culture and strong local economy. And in all we do we must protect the environment and tackle climate change.

Peter Housden, DCLG permanent secretary, said:

'We are announcing today plans for the formation of a new DCLG board, with some significant changes in role and function. These changes, backed by a number of external recruitment exercises are designed to bring new talent into the organisation and represent a significant strengthening of our capacity to step up to the challenges we face.

'New programme executives will set strategy and drive performance, underpinned by new group structures to better match the department's responsibilities. We are committed in parallel to a transformation in our working practices and culture.'

The following new appointments are being made to the DCLG board:

* Director General, Equalities - to lead the department's work on race, faith, gender and sexual orientation, including leading the Government's relationship with the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights and work with Muslim communities on tackling extremism; recruited through competition

* Director General, Governance and Communications; recruited through competition

* Director General, DCLG Transformation

* Director of Finance; professionally qualified and reporting directly to the permanent secretary

Two new non-executives will join the board from September - Sarah Weir (executive director, Arts Council England, London, and a board member of Stonewall) and Peter Doyle (chair of the Church Urban Fund and a governor of the Peabody Trust, previously a senior partner at KPMG).

The leadership of the department is also being strengthened through the arrival this month of Professor Michael Kelly, as the department's new chief scientific adviser; the recruitment of a new director of communications and the recruitment of a chief executive for the Thames Gateway.


1. Full details of the plans are set out in the booklet, 'Building the new DCLG: next steps', published on the DCLG website at They follow on from the discussion document published on 6 June 2006 and also available on the DCLG website.

2. The new board structure from October will therefore be:

* Permanent Secretary Peter Housden

* DG, Programmes, Policy and Innovation Richard McCarthy

* DG, Places and Communities Joe Montgomery

* DG, Corporate Delivery Peter Unwin

* DG, Fire, Resilience and Civil Contingency Neil Kinghan

* DG, Governance and Communications [to be filled by competition]

* DG, Equalities [to be filled by competition]

* DG, DCLG Transformation Alun Evans

* Director, Strategy and Performance Christina Bienkowska

* Director, Finance [to be filled by competition]

* Non-executives

* Sir Robert Kerslake

* Keith Barnes

* Sarah Weir

* Peter Doyle

3. Peter Doyle was a partner in KPMG from 1986 until his retirement from the firm in 2002. While at KPMG he carried a number of senior roles, including as head of London office and as UK head of financial services; he served on the UK board for 3 years. Since then he has acted as interim finance director in financial services, including a period at the Export Credit Guarantee Department in 2004/5. Among his charitable and other interests he is chair of the Church Urban Fund and a governor of the Peabody Trust. He lives in Hertfordshire.

4. Sarah Weir became executive director, Arts Council England, London, in April 2003. She was previously executive director of the Almeida Theatre and project champion for the Almeida's Capital campaign. She is a board member of Stonewall. Sarah started her career in the Lloyd's insurance market. She worked for Aldgate Group Brokers, where she rose to become their non-marine managing director.

Following a change of career from business into the arts and a year working at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Sarah moved to the Association of Business Sponsorship of the Arts as head of their pairing scheme, becoming deputy director general in 1996. In 1997 Sarah moved to the Royal Academy of Arts as head of corporate sponsorship, becoming fundraising director in 1999.

5. Professor Michael Kelly is Prince Philip Professor of Technology at the University of Cambridge, where during 2003-5 he was also executive director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. He was a member of the research staff of GEC during 1981-1992, and professor of physics and electronics at the University of Surrey during 1992-2002, and head of its School of Electronics and Physical Sciences during 1996-2001. He is also a non-executive director of the Laird Group plc. He is a fellow of the Royal Societies of London and New Zealand and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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