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Review Body on Senior Salaries appointment: Sharon Witherspoon

The Prime Minister has appointed Ms Sharon Witherspoon as a member of the Review Body on Senior Salaries.

Sharon F. Witherspoon MBE has been appointed as a member of the Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB), which provides independent advice to the Prime Minister and senior ministers on the pay of many of the nation’s top public servants. The appointment is for an initial term of approximately 3 years with immediate effect.

 Biography

Sharon was appointed as the acting Head of Policy of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Campaign for Social Science in March 2016.

She was Director of the Nuffield Foundation, an endowed charitable trust that makes grants for social and educational research and policy, until 2015. After joining the Nuffield foundation in 1996 as an assistant director, Sharon became deputy director in 2000 and director in 2012.

During this time, she led the foundation’s work in social research and policy. Her research fields included administrative justice and family law; finances for older people, including pensions; children and families; and poverty and economics.

Sharon is a trustee of the Supreme Court Arts Trust, a charity educating on the role of the Supreme Court in the UK and Full Fact, a charity that encourages use of accurate statistics in public debate and reporting.

 Further information

  • membership of the review body attracts a fee of £300 per day and members are expected to commit between 15 and 30 days per year to the role
  • the appointment process for this role was in full accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice
  • the SSRB provides independent advice to the Prime Minister and senior Ministers on the pay of many of the nation’s top public servants. The SSRB’s remit covers senior civil servants, the judiciary, the senior military, certain senior managers in the NHS, Police and Crime Commissioners and chief police officers