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. He replaces Lord (Paul) Bew, who has chaired the Committee since August 2013.
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 by the Prime Minister in 2014 and was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2013 New Year Honours List.
He is a non-executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc, a Director of Ark Data Centres Ltd and a member 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 a school governor of a state secondary school, Chair of the Kent Search and Rescue charity and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
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