Executive agencies: characteristics and governance

Understand the characteristics of executive agencies and the processes for creating and reviewing them.


Executive Agencies: A Guide for Departments

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This guidance includes the following topics:

  • Chapter 1: What features define an Executive Agency model, and why have one?
  • Chapter 2: When is an Executive Agency the appropriate model?
  • Chapter 3: Governance Structure
  • Chapter 4: Setting up a new Executive Agency
  • Chapter 5: Reviewing Executive Agencies
  • Chapter 6: Merger, transfer or closure of agencies
  • Annex A: Executive Agencies: Principles of Good Corporate Governance
  • Annex B: Trading Funds
Published 15 October 2006
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance was attached: "Executive Agencies: A Guide for Departments"
  2. First published.