Pam Chesters joined the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2017. She continued this role with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 8 January 2018.
Pam began her career working for British Petroleum, becoming the CEO for Duckham’s Oils in 1996. From 1990 to 2000 she served as a councillor in Camden, during which she served as Leader of the Opposition.
In 2001 Pam became the Chair of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, leading it through a period of significant change, and from 2009 to 2012 she was advisor on Health and Families to the Mayor of London. As part of this role she worked closely with ministers and partners across the capital, including on the development of the Mayor’s Health Inequality Strategy.
Pam has served in a number of other non-executive posts, including as Chair of the English Churches Housing Group, Chair of the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Employment and the Central London Community Healthcare Trust. Currently, she is Chair of the Anchor Housing Trust and a Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair at the University of St. Andrews.
The MHCLG board’s role is to advise and support ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals and help turn policy from ideas into actions and results.
Part of MHCLG’s leadership team, non-executive board members help with that task.