Government Lead Non-Executive and Non-executive board member

Sir Ian Cheshire



In April 2015 Sir Ian Cheshire was appointed to the role of Government Lead Non-Executive. He was appointed for a further three years in April 2018. Sir Ian is also a non-executive member of the Cabinet Office Board.

Sir Ian is the Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc, Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, President of the Business Disability Forum and Chair of the advisory board of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Sir Ian retired as Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc in December 2014 after 7 years in the role and 17 years with the company. His other former roles include Chairman of the British Retail Consortium and Lead Non-Executive for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Government Lead Non-Executive

The Government Lead Non-Executive works with Secretaries of State to:

  • appoint non-executives to the board of each government department
  • improve governance across Whitehall
  • build leadership and management through the non-executives and the boards

The Government Lead Non-Executive also convenes network meetings of non-executives across Whitehall to consider the big issues that challenge all government departments and share best practice.

Non-executive board member