Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Departmental Board

The Departmental Board provides direction on strategy, performance and risk management.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee implements strategy and ensures the effective management of the department.


  • Sarah Munby, Permanent Secretary (Chair)
  • Jo Shanmugalingam, Director General, Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation
  • Joanna Whittington, Director General, Energy and Security
  • Julian Critchlow, Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth
  • Ashley Ibbett, Director General, Trade, Europe and Analysis (acting)
  • Mike Keoghan, Director General, Business Sectors (acting)
  • Jaee Samant, Director General, Market Frameworks
  • Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Simon Hulme, Director, Implementation
  • Dan Micklethwaite, Director, Policy, Strategy and Delivery
  • Alice Hurrell, Director, Human Resources
  • Tom Taylor, Director, Finance and Portfolio and BEIS Chief Financial Officer
  • Freya Guinness, Chief Operating Officer
  • Craig Woodhouse, Director, Communications

Also attending:

  • Patrick Kilgariff, Director, Legal
  • Sinead Murray, Director, Legal

Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee

The Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee ensures the quality of audit and risk control functions.


  • Bryan Ingleby, Non-Executive Member (interim Chair)
  • Vikas Shah, Non-Executive Board Member
  • Alison Rodwell, Non-Executive Member
  • Elaine Clements, Non-Executive Member
  • Jane Whittaker, Non-Executive Member