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New non-executives appointed to the Department for Transport Board

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New appointments have been announced for the Department for Transport Board.

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Mary Reilly and John Kirkland OBE have been appointed as non-executive members of the Department for Transport Board, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced today (11 June 2013).

They join lead Non-Executive Director Sam Laidlaw and other non-executives Ed Smith, Alan Cook and Sally Davis. The full team will attend the next DfT board meeting on Wednesday 12 June.

Mary Reilly has recently retired as a Partner at Deloitte, and brings extensive experience of providing non-executive advice to UK and multi-national companies across a broad range of sectors on audit, risk management, governance and regulation. She was previously chair of the London Development Agency and was on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Mary Reilly replaced Hanif Lalani who left the department in November 2012.

John Kirkland is Chairman of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group of companies, the largest privately owned construction, engineering and development group in the UK. He is also President of a number of homeland security companies in the US. He brings the department strong commercial business insight and experience of running successful, high-profile companies. John Kirkland will replace Sally Davis who leaves her role in January 2014.

Notes to editors

Mary Reilly has been appointed for a period of 3 years from 10 June 2013 to 9 June 2016. She replaces Hanif Lalani, who left the role in November 2012. She takes on the additional role of Chair of the Audit Committee.

John Kirkland has been appointed in a new role for a period of 2 years from 10 June 2013 to 9 June 2015. He will replace Sally Davis who leaves her role in 2014.

Mary Reilly is a chartered accountant and retired as a partner at Deloitte in May. She has over 30 years of extensive experience advising UK and multi-national companies across a broad range of sectors including retail, manufacturing, property development, healthcare, financial and business services. She has held 2 high profile Audit Committee Chairmanships and was Chair of the London Development Agency (LDA) from 2004 to 2008. Mary was on the Board of LOCOG from 2003 to 2006, which held budget responsibility for Olympic infrastructure, the implementation of the financial systems, the introduction of the Risk Management Register, the appointment of the auditors and oversight of the audit process. In this position, Mary appeared in front of select committees to explain the robustness of the budgetary process.

John is Chairman of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group of companies, the largest privately owned construction, engineering and development group has a turnover of £725 million. He is also president of 4 companies in the United States of America within the homeland security field. He was Chair of both Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council (LSC) from 2000 to 2008 and the LSC East Midlands Regional Board from 2004 to 2008; is a Governor at Landau Forte College, Derby and received an OBE in 1999 for services to Derbyshire, in particular for his former role as Chairman of Derbyshire Ambulance Service. He is a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion for the National Reading Campaign and in 2001 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Derby. John was the longest serving Director of Derby County Football Club (from 1981 to 2002) and became President in 2006, until his retirement in 2008.

The appointment process for non-executive directors has been run according to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) guidelines. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.

All appointments are made on a personal basis, rather than on the basis of affiliations.

Read more about the Cabinet Office’s updated protocol for departmental boards.

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Published 11 June 2013