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.
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
-- 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
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.