Institute of Directors Leadership Lecture
Feb 14, 2013
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||University of the Highlands and Islands, Executive Office, Ness Walk Inverness IV3 5SQ|
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|Contact Phone||01463 279344|
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hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands
Guest speaker Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government
Thursday 14th February 4.30 – 6pm
University of the Highlands and Islands, Executive Office, Ness Walk Inverness IV3 5SQ
Part of a series of Institute of Directors lectures hosted by the University and its academic partners.
Sir Peter Housden took up post as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government in June 2010. In this role, Sir Peter is principal policy adviser to the First Minister and the Cabinet, and the senior UK Civil Servant in Scotland.
In his time in Scotland to date, Peter has given great priority to meeting staff working at the front line in public services and engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders in business and in civic Scotland. As well as being responsible for over 5,000 civil servants working in the Scottish Government, Peter chairs the planning group for the Scottish Leaders Forum which drives wider work to drive improvement across public services in Scotland. At UK level, Peter is a member of the Civil Service Board and plays an active role in a number of UK-based networks and activities.
Prior to coming to Scotland, Peter served from 2005 – 2010 as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government and had earlier worked at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) where from 2001-2005 he was Director General for Schools, responsible for primary and secondary education in England's 27,000 schools.
Peter entered public service as a secondary school teacher in Shropshire and served as an education officer in three large local authorities before being appointed as Director of Education in Nottinghamshire in 1991. He was appointed as the Council’s Chief Executive in 1994, and in September 2000 was seconded to the Audit Commission for six months to lead its work on the NHS national plan.
Peter is a Trustee of the Work Foundation, an Associate Fellow of Warwick University Business School and a Member of the RNLI Council.
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