Commissioner Biographies

Ian Watmore
Ian’s career is diverse, spanning private, public, sports, university, church and third sectors.

He spent 24 years in the private sector culminating as Accenture UK CEO. He then worked for 7 years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers.

Ian has held several Board positions in sports administration. He is on the Council of Chester Cathedral, and he has previously served on Boards at the Information Commissioner's Office, Cambridge University and was chair of the Migraine Trust for ten years.

Ian was appointed as First Civil Service Commissioner on 1 October 2016.
Isabel Doverty
Isabel Doverty was formerly Global Head of Human Resources, Wholesale Banking, at Standard Chartered Bank. She is also an independent member of the State Honours Committee and works as a Facilitator for the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
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 and Tribunals Service and undertakes 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
Having held senior management roles in the health sector for several years, and being appointed the William R Lindsay Professor of Health Policy and Economic Evaluation at the University of Glasgow, Kevin was the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General for Health in the Scottish Government. Most recently, he was Director General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. 

Kevin is also a Trustee of Leuchie House, a charity providing respite care to people with neurological conditions.

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 media, data and health organisations. She has wide board experience including as a Board Member (Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and NHS bodies) alongside consumer-related roles. She is currently Co-Chair, Copyright Licensing Agency and Chair, Publishers’ Licensing Services. She also chairs an NHS Research Ethics Committee and is Council Member, General Optical Council and Trustee, Book Aid International.

Rosie has particular interests in strategy, governance, data, ethics and business development.

Rosie was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 June 2017.
Natalie Campbell
Natalie Campbell is an award-winning businesswoman and HarperCollins author, who was recognised in the Management Today 35 Women Under 35 and City AM Power 100 Women lists.

In 2011 she co-founded A Very Good Company (AVGC), a global social innovation agency that worked with brands to drive social change. Natalie is a board member of the London LEAP, London’s economic strategy board and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

Natalie was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner on 1 June 2017.
June Milligan
June has extensive experience as a senior civil servant, 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. She is currently a member of the Court of the University of Glasgow and an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner.
June’s areas of interest and expertise are people-centred: in leadership, diversity, governance and ethics.

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 the 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 sector, including Chief Executive roles in the NHS, and as Director General in the Department of Health. She had a successful career with Mckesson International. Currently Margaret is Chair of the Civil Service Pension Board, and 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.
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