Our governance

Information on the DCLG departmental board and its sub-committees.

DCLG departmental board

Role

The board’s role is to advise and support ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals, focusing on getting policy translated into results. It operates according to these recognised principles of good corporate governance in business:

  • leadership - communicate a clear vision for the department
  • effectiveness - challenge and scrutinise performance
  • accountability - promote the government’s goal of transparency through clear and fair reporting
  • sustainability - take a long-term view about what the department is trying to achieve

Responsibilities

It advises on 5 main areas:

  • strategy - setting the vision and ensuring all activities, either directly or indirectly, contribute towards it
  • commercial sense - approving the distribution of responsibilities and ensuring sound financial management
  • talented people - ensuring the department has the capability to deliver and to plan to meet current and future needs
  • results focus - agreeing the operational business plan and monitoring and steering performance against the plan
  • management information - ensuring clear, consistent, comparable performance information is used to drive improvements

Board minutes

Read the board minutes.

Departmental board members

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, chairs the departmental board. Other members are:

  • Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Minister for London
  • Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)
  • Andrew Percy MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse)
  • Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
  • Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary
  • Jo Farrar OBE, Director General, Local Government and Public Services
  • Helen MacNamara, Director General, Housing and Planning
  • Louise Casey CB, Director General, Casey Review Team
  • Simon Ridley, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth
  • Stephen Meek, Director, Strategy, Communications and Private Office
  • Jacinda Humphry, Finance Director
  • Christine Hewitt, Director, People, Capability and Change
  • Nick Markham, Lead Non-Executive Director
  • Grenville Turner, Non-Executive Director
  • Mary Ney, Non-Executive Director

Executive Team

The Executive Team is responsible for managing the daily business of the department.

Members of the Executive Team are:

  • Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary
  • Jo Farrar OBE, Director General, Local Government and Public Services
  • Helen MacNamara, Director General, Housing and Planning
  • Simon Ridley, Director General, Decentralisation and Growth
  • Stephen Meek, Director, Strategy, Communications and Private Office
  • Jacinda Humphry, Finance Director
  • Christine Hewitt, Director, People, Capability and Change

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is a sub-committee of our departmental board. It is responsible for assessing and assuring the department’s overall risk management framework and for ensuring financial propriety.

The committee gives independent advice to the accounting officer on the adequacy of audit arrangements (internal and external) and on the assurances received on the existence and effectiveness of systems for accountability and control in the organisation.

The committee’s core membership is entirely non-executive to ensure independent advice. Nick Markham, one of the department’s non-executive directors, is a member of the committee, and also chair. There are two independent external members of the committee – Nick Whitaker and Mark Sheridan.

The Permanent Secretary and the Finance Director also attend meetings.

Nominations and Governance Committee

The Nominations and Governance Committee is a sub-committee of our departmental board. It is responsible for providing governance of the department’s Senior Civil Service performance and reward, as required by the Cabinet Office.

Two of the department’s non-executive directors are members of the committee to ensure independent advice. Grenville Turner is the chair of the committee and there is a vacancy for another non-executive director.

In addition, the Permanent Secretary, the Director General for Local Government and Public Services and the Director of People, Capability and Change are members of the committee.