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PRESCOTT APPOINTS SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR STRATEGY & CORP SVS

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Deputy prime minister John Prescott has approved the promotion of Richard Dudding as senior director for strategy a...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott has approved the promotion of Richard Dudding as senior director for strategy and corporate services at the department of the environment, transport and the regions.

The departments of environment and transport merged on 16 June

to form the department of the environment, transport and the regions.

This senior director post is part of the new unified departmental structure, and has the key role in making the merger a reality. Richard Dudding's appointment followed a competition open to senior civil servants in all government departments.

Mr Dudding will be one of seven senior directors and will report

direct to the permanent secretary and sit on the management board.

He will also chair management board committees dealing with change

management, pay and IT strategy. He will be principal establishments

officer, with responsibilities including:

-- cross cutting strategic policy issues (including the integrated transport strategy)

-- personnel and change management, including the attainment of Investors in People accreditation by the end of 1998 and

implementation of the merger plan

-- IT, accommodation and property, information management and

procurement

-- the department's relations with its executive agencies,

with particular responsibilities for the four Driver and Vehicle

Agencies and the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

NOTES

1. Richard Dudding joined the newly formed department of the

environment in 1972. In 1975-77 he was private secretary to the

late John Smith MP in the privy council office. He worked in

the cabinet office constitution unit on devolution to Scotland and

Wales in 1977-78. He was secretary to the Widdicombe Inquiry into

Local Government Conduct in 1985-86. He was a member of the water

privatisation team in 1989-90, before being promoted to Grade 3

in 1990. His first director post was director of finance and then

went on to two posts in environment protection. In 1996 he became

principal establishments officer and director of personnel.

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