OREANDA-NEWS. Ian was appointed following open competition and pre-appointment scrutiny by MPs at the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.  He will take up the appointment on 1 October 2016 for a 5 year term.

The post of First Civil Service Commissioner was created in the 1800s. Their role is to head the Civil Service Commission which regulate appointments into the Civil Service and determines complaints raised by civil servants under the Civil Service Code.

Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office said:

I am delighted to announce Ian Watmore as the First Civil Service Commissioner.  Ian has the experience and skills to make an excellent Commissioner and I look forward to working with him.

The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood added:

Ian’s broad and distinguished record speaks for itself.  His wide-ranging knowledge and experience will be invaluable in his new role and I look forward to working closely with him as we maintain the values of the Civil Service while continuing to improve its performance.

Mr Watmore said:

I am delighted to be appointed as First Civil Service Commissioner.  I look forward to helping the Civil Service develop the leadership skills, diversity and flexibility to meet the new post-referendum challenges, while maintaining the core principles and values that make the British Civil Service the envy of the world.