Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life

Lord Jonathan Evans KCB DL


Lord Evans of Weardale was appointed as Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on 25 October 2018 for a five year term.

Jonathan Evans spent 33 years in the UK Security Service, six as Director General. During his career he has worked on counter-espionage and counter-terrorism, both international and domestic, including initiatives against cyber threats. He retired from the Security Service in April 2013. He was appointed as a crossbench peer for his contribution to public service.

He is a Director of Ark Data Centres Ltd and Chair of the Public Interest Committee of KPMG UK. He advises a number of private sector boards involved in cyber security and technology. Lord Evans is also Chair of the Kent Search and Rescue charity and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.

Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life

The Chair is responsible for leading the committee in:

  • advising the Prime Minister about standards of conduct of all holders of public office
  • making recommendations for change to ensure the highest standards in public life

The Chair also:

  • leads and manages the work programme
  • acts as a spokesperson for the committee
  • consults with the relevant parliamentary committees and regulators

See CSPL’s register of interests for Committee members

Committee on Standards in Public Life