Civil Service Commission Staff
The staff of the Civil Service Commission supports the Board of the Commission, chaired by the First Civil Service Commissioner, Sir David Normington, in fulfilling its statutory duties.
The Secretariat also supports David Normington in his role as Commissioner for Public Appointments.
In addition, the Commission provides secretariat services to the House of Lords Appointments Commission, and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
The Secretariat is divided into four teams, under the leadership of the Chief Executive, Clare Salters.
Clare is responsible for the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Civil Service Commission. She is head of the Secretariat and the principal policy adviser to the Civil Service Commission, the Commissioner for Public Appointments, the House of Lords Appointments Commission, and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
Support to Dual Post Holder and Chief Executive
Val is the first point of contact on matters relating to diary management for the First Commissioner / Commissioner for Public Appointments and Chief Executive, and organisational support to the Civil Service Commissioners.
Corporate Support and Compliance Monitoring
Three of the teams are principally focused on supporting the Board of the Civil Service Commission and the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Each of these teams serves as the principle point of contact for a cluster of departments and agencies and provides support to a number of Civil Service Commissioners and Public Appointments Assessors.
In addition, each team has a policy specialism and for this policy area acts as a centre of expertise for the other teams in the secretariat.
Policy Specialism: Complaints, Accountability and Communications
Bill Brooke, Principal Policy Adviser
Diane Macfarlane, Senior Policy Adviser
Sean Edwards-Playne, Policy Adviser
Leading on complaints handling, the Civil Service Code, and communications
Policy Specialism: Civil Service Recruitment and Business Services
Sharon Foster-King, Principal Policy Adviser
Heidi Ferguson, Senior Policy Adviser
Paul Skinner, Business Support Manager
Leroy Cargill, Administration Officer
Nicola Carpenter, Finance Officer
Leading on all aspects of the Commission’s role as regulator of recruitment into the Civil Service, and business affairs support for the whole secretariat.
Policy Specialism: Public Appointments
Terry Willows, Principal Policy Adviser
Jennifer Smith, Senior Policy Adviser
Mariatu Turay, Senior Policy Adviser
Conrad Steel, Policy Adviser
Leading on supporting the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Enquiries: 020 7271 0831 (CSC and OCPA)
The fourth team provides specialist support to the House of Lords Appointments Commission and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
Policy Specialism: House of Lords Appointments Commission and Advisory Committee on Business Appointments
Ekpe Attah, Head of HOLAC/ACOBA Secretariat
Claire Hanna, Senior Case Officer and Office Manager
Dean Ponder, Case Officer
Catherine Millington, Case Officer
Raj Bahia, Case Officer
Enquiries: 020 7271 0848 (HOLAC) 020 7271 0839 (ACOBA)
Supporting the Appointments Commission in its role of making recommendations for crossbench peerages and vetting all nominees to the Lords for propriety; and the Advisory Committee on advising the Prime Minister on business appointments applications from Ministers, the most senior Crown servants and special advisers.