Civil Service Commission

Commissioner Biographies

Ian Watmore

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Ian’s career is diverse, spanning private, public, sports, university, church and third sectors. After studying mathematics and management at Trinity College Cambridge, Ian spent 24 years in the private sector culminating as Accenture UK CEO from 2000 to 2004.  He then worked for 7 years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers, first at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in No 10, then at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office. He has held several Board positions in sports administration, 13 years supporting TeamGB at the English Institute of Sport, 5 years at the Rugby World Cup, 1 year at the Football Association, and 3 years at Quantum Sports, an agency which manages his son’s career as a Premiership and England footballer. He now supports his wife in her role as a Church of England rector and is himself a Church Commissioner.  He is an independent member of Cambridge University’s Information Services Committee, has an Honorary Degree from the University of Westminster, and regularly lectures at Cranfield University to cohorts of senior Civil Servants on project and programme management. He chairs the Migraine Trust charity and successfully project managed the creation of a community sports hall in south Manchester. He is completing a three year role on the Board of the Information Commissioner’s Office at the end of September.

Ian was appointed as First Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2016

Kathryn Bishop

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Kathryn is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. She has worked as a management consultant at Accenture and as an independent practitioner, and was formerly HR Development Director at Allied Dunbar and Business Transformation Director at Zurich Financial Services. She has held appointments as a non-executive director at the UK Intellectual Property Office, at the UK Border Agency and with the Welsh Government. She is also a Trustee of an educational charity, and a Governor of a Gloucestershire primary school.

Kathryn was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 April 2012 and acted as the interim First Civil Service Commissioner  from 1 April 2016 – 30 September 2016

Andrew Flanagan

Andrew Flanagan
Andrew was appointed Chair of the Scottish Police Authority in September 2015. Andrew stood down from his role as Chief Executive of the NSPCC, the child protection charity, in March 2013. Prior to this, over a period of twelve years, he was Finance Director and then Chief Executive of the Scottish Media Group. A chartered accountant by profession, Andrew has also worked for various American and European telecoms and accounting companies. Andrew qualified as a Bachelor of Accountancy at Glasgow University and then qualified at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He has also held a number of non executive roles including Chairman of the Heritage House Group and as a non executive director for Phonepay Plus and the Scottish Rugby Union.

Andrew was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 8 July 2013.

Angela Sarkis


Angela is a charity management consultant. She is a Member of the Youth Justice Board, an Adviser to the Street Pastor’s Initiative of the Ascension Trust and Future First, and Secretary to Forest United Youth Football Club. Angela spent several years working for the Probation Service, Family Service Units; and is a former Chief Executive to the DIVERT Trust, the Church Urban Fund, YMCA England and the Nurture Group Network. She was a founding member of the Social Exclusion Unit in the Cabinet Office, a member of the Home Office Correctional Services Board, the House of Lords Appointments Commission, and adviser to the Department for Education and Skills. Angela is a former Governor of the BBC and has recently served on the Board of Capacity Builders.

Angela was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 April 2012.

 Isabel Doverty

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Isabel Doverty is co-principal of an independent consulting practice specialising in organisational change. She is the former Global Head of Human Resources, Wholesale Banking, at Standard Chartered Bank.

Isabel was appointed as Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2015.

 Jonathan Baume

Jonathan is a member of the Board of the Health & Safety Executive, and is a non-executive director of the Office of Nuclear Regulation and of the Criminal Cases Review Commission. He served on the ACAS Council from 2011 until 2014. He was General Secretary of the FDA, a professional association and union for the UK’s senior public servants and professionals, for sixteen years until October 2012. He joined the FDA as Deputy General Secretary in 1989, previously having worked at the TUC specialising in employment law and equality issues. After studying politics, philosophy and economics at Keble College Oxford, he joined Oxfordshire County Council in 1974 as a graduate trainee, and entered the Department of Employment Group in 1977, leaving for the TUC in 1986.

Jonathan was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 November 2012.

Jan Cameron

Jan Cameron
Jan Cameron was until recently the Group Services Director for Norman Broadbent plc.  She has specialised in HR and has also worked for Sainsbury’s and Homebase and serves as a member of the Employment Tribunal for HM Courts Service.

Jan was appointed as Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2015.

Kevin Woods

Kevin Woods
Kevin Woods was most recently Director General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of health in New Zealand. Previously he was the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General for Health in the Scottish Government.

Kevin was appointed as Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2015.

Sarah Laessig

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Sarah Laessig has a portfolio career, which includes roles as Commissioner on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, a Trustee on the international Management Board of the Association of MBAs and an Executive Advisor for London Business School’s Masters in Finance programme. Previously, she had a 17 year career in banking and her last corporate role was as a Managing Director of Citigroup, responsible for public sector client business in the EMEA region.

Sarah was appointed as Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2015.

Wanda Goldwag

Wanda Goldwag

Wanda is Chair and Independent Standards Commissioner of the Senet Group, an adviser to Smedvig Venture Capital and Non-Executive Chair of True North Human Capital.  She also sits on the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel.

She had a 25 year career in marketing and her last corporate role was as Managing Director of British Airways owned AIR MILES.

Wanda was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 April 2012.