Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

Sir Alex Allan



Sir Alex Allan had a long career in the civil service, including roles as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and to the Prime Minister; as High Commissioner to Australia; as the Government’s ‘e-Envoy’; as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice; and as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He is currently the Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests; Chair of the QC Appointments Panel and Board Member of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

The role of the committee is to:

  • provide independent advice to the Prime Minister on the application of the government’s Business Appointment Rules to the most senior members of the Civil Service, armed forces, diplomatic service, and intelligence agencies who wish to take up appointments within 2 years of leaving Crown service
  • provide independent advice directly to former ministers on appointments they wish to take up within 2 years of leaving government

See ACOBA’s register of interests for committee members.