Departmental boards provide strategic leadership for each central government department, as well as advising on/challenging how the department is performing. Each board is chaired by the Secretary of State, and includes junior ministers, the permanent secretary and non-executive board members.
Non-executives are appointed to government departments from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Their role is to provide advice and bring an external perspective.
The Prime Minister is responsible for appointing the Government Lead Non-Executive. The Government Lead Non-Executive meets regularly with departmental lead non-executives and feeds their views back to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office and Parliament (through annual reports).
Sir Ian Cheshire took up the role of Government Lead Non-Executive in April 2015. He replaced Lord Brown of Madingley.