Non-Executive Board Member

Mike Ashley


Mike Ashley joined the Commission in 2014. Between 2014 – 2018 he Chaired the Audit and Risk Committee. In 2019 he was appointed Chair of the Policy and Guidance Committee.

Mike is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Barclays PLC, and a member of the Cabinet Office Board, and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.

Additional Information and Previous Roles

Michael retired as the Partner and the Head of Quality and Risk Management of KPMG Europe LLP in September 2013, having spent about 35 years with the firm and its predecessor firm, Peat Marwick.

He was Chair of the Government Internal Audit Agency from 2014 to September 2018 and served as a member of the Treasury’s Audit Committee from 2009 to 2015.

He was also a member of the UK Accounting Standards Board from 2004 to 2010 and the Technical Expert Group of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group from 2005 to 2016 (Vice-Chair from 2010).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.

Non-Executive Board Member

Non-Executive Board Members are appointed on merit, reflecting ability and experience, for a fixed term, usually three years. They will exercise their role through influence and advice, supporting as well as challenging the Executive. They will advise on the clarity of strategic direction, performance, operational issues and the effective management of the Department. These responsibilities should be conducted both in and outside of Board meetings - the Executive should invite and involve the Non-Executives in key areas to ensure critical challenge and support.

Non-Executives Board Members’ views on performance will be reported by the Lead Non-Executive Board Member in the Department’s Annual Report. Non-Executives’ views will also be fed back to the Prime Minister and the Government Lead Non-Executive through the Non-Executive Board Members’ Network.

Non-Executive Board Members may be involved in the process for recruiting and appraising senior executives, and succession planning.

Cabinet Office and Cabinet Office Board

Previous roles in government

  • Non-Executive Board Chair
  • Non-Executive Member of the Charity Commission Board