treasury's public services directorate and becomes the first person
to be appointed to a treasury post of this kind from outside the
previously chief executive of Bristol City Council. She brings with
her wide experience of local government and delivery of public
The main objective of the public services directorate is to improve
the quality and cost effectiveness of public services while keeping
within the Government's fiscal plans.
Amongst Ms de Groot's initial tasks will be to focus on the Spending
Review which will set the government's spending plans for the years
2001-04, together with clear objectives and targets for all
departments and cross-departmental programmes.
Ms de Groot will be managing the teams dealing with education,
housing, urban policy and social exclusion, transport, culture, rural
and agriculture policy, the environment, defence and foreign affairs.
Ms de Groot has been working at the Audit Commission on a temporary
basis with the new best value Iinspectorate. She was appointed as the
chief executive of Bristol City Council in 1995 in the lead up to the
local government reorganisation. She has extensive experience in the
management of public services and in cross-sectoral partnerships.
Prior to her appointment as chief executive, Ms de Groot was the head
of policy in Bristol City Council and Lewisham LBC.
Ms de Groot has also worked in a number of not-for profit
organisations dealing with adult education, housing, employment and
A graduate of Oxford University and the London School of Economics,
she has been a non-executive director on the board of Employment
Service since the summer of 1998.
She takes up her post at the treasury on 13 March.
- The salary range for the job is£61,000 to£98,000. The
appointment is a three-year fixed term with the possibility of
extension or conversion to a permanent post.