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TREASURY APPOINTS FORMER COUNCIL CHIEF EXEC TO PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTORATE

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Lucy de Groot has been appointed as a new deputy director in the ...
Lucy de Groot has been appointed as a new deputy director in the

treasury's public services directorate and becomes the first person

to be appointed to a treasury post of this kind from outside the

civil service.

Currently working for the Audit Commission, Lucy de Groot, 48, was

previously chief executive of Bristol City Council. She brings with

her wide experience of local government and delivery of public

services.

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

economic development.

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.

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