Civil Service Commission

Commissioner Biographies

Ian Watmore

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.

Ian 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 has successfully project managed the creation of a community sports hall in south Manchester.

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


Isabel Doverty

Isabel Doverty

Isabel Doverty was formerly Global Head of Human Resources, Wholesale Banking, at Standard Chartered Bank. Throughout her private sector career she has held senior HR roles in the energy and financial services sectors, specialising in employee relations, organisational change, and executive level recruitment.

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


Jan Cameron

Jan’s has spent her career in HR in the private sector primarily in large retail organisations including Sainsbury’s and Homebase. Until recently, she was the Group Services Director for the executive search firm Norman Broadbent plc. She currently serves as a member of the Employment Tribunal for HM Courts Service and undertakes some HR consultancy work. She has extensive experience of senior executive recruitment with a particular interest in governance and employment law.

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

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 a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2015.

Sarah Laessig

Sarah Laessig has a portfolio of roles across the public and private sectors. She is a Non-Executive Director of Valoot Technologies, a financial technology company; a Director of CG Pension Trustees Ltd.; a Non-Executive Director of LPP; and a member of the Board of Advisors of, a data collaboration technology company. Sarah is also a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner and a Visiting Executive at the London Business School. Sarah previously enjoyed an executive banking career at Citigroup.

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


Rosie Glazebrook

Rosie has a sales and marketing background in the private sector (publishing/media) and subsequently in data and health organisations.  She has wide experience on boards as a non-executive, including as a Board Member, Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and in NHS bodies alongside consumer-related roles.  She is currently: Chair, Publishers’ Licensing Services; and Co-Chair, Copyright Licensing Agency; chairs a NHS Research Ethics Committee; is a Council Member of the General Optical Council; and Trustee, Book Aid International. Rosie has a scientific background and her expertise lies in strategy, governance, data, ethics and communications.

Rosie was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 June 2017.


Natalie Campbell

Natalie has a private sector background specialising in launching and scaling businesses and entrepreneurship more broadly. She holds a wide-ranging portfolio career including as a Board member on the Big Lottery Fund UK. She is on sabbatical from ‘A Very Good Company’ a social innovation company she co-founded and where she is currently a director.

Natalie was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 June 2017.


June Milligan

June is currently a member of the Court of the University of Glasgow and an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner. She has extensive experience as a senior civil servant in the Welsh government, her last role was Director General Local Government and Communities and Board member in the Welsh Government. She has also held roles as a diplomat and as Head of Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

June was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 June 2017.


Joe Montgomery

Joe has held senior executive roles in the private sector, focusing on property and regeneration as well as an executive career in both central and local Government including as Director General at the Department of Communities and Local Government and Director General, Office of Deputy Prime Minister. He also holds several non executive roles.

Joe was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 June 2017.

Jane Burgess

The majority of Jane’s career has been in the private sector; and she was formerly Partners’ Counsellor and a main Board Director at John Lewis Partnership. She is currently a lay member of the House of Commons Committee on Standards and an ordinary member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She has extensive experience of senior executive recruitment and enabling people to have their voice heard.

Jane was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2017.

Margaret Edwards

Margaret has held senior roles in the public and private sectors. She was  Chief Executive of a large NHS Hospital Trust, a  Director General in the Department of Health, and Chief Executive of NHS Yorkshire and Humber. She then moved to the private sector where she had  a successful career with McKesson International.

Currently, Margaret is Chair of the Civil Service Pension Board, and Chair of the National Oversight Group for the High Secure Hospitals. She has a track record of designing and delivering public sector reform and delivering national targets. She is particularly interested in aligning individual and corporate objectives and the design of total reward packages.

Margaret was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2017.