Rob Whiteman, Director General of Operational Systems Transformation, is to leave his role at the Home Office to join the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) as its new Chief Executive.
Rob, who became Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in September 2011, oversaw the Agency’s annual £1.6 billion budget and 24,000 staff, initiating many improvements to the Agency over that time.
Home Secretary Theresa May said:
I would like to thank Rob for all his hard work in leading UKBA through its many changes as it transformed from an agency to part of the core Home Office. He leaves with my very best wishes for the future and I am sure he will be a great success in his important new role at CIPFA.
Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill said
Rob has made a remarkable contribution to the Home Office over the past 18 months and, on behalf of the department, I would like to thank him for his dedication and leadership.
Whilst I will be sorry to see Rob go, at CIPFA he will be leading his own profession at a time of change. This is an important role and one at which he will excel. He is an inspiring leader and I wish him well.
Rob, who will leave the Home Office in August and take up his new role at CIPFA in September, said:
I am grateful for the tremendous support I have received from so many people in the Home Office. I believe that the structural changes made to UKBA over the last 15 months will succeed in improving our operations to meet the Home Secretary’s clear priorities.