Reports by the Government Lead Non-Executive, Lord Browne of Madingley.
Appointing leaders from the private, public and voluntary sectors as non-executives and having Secretaries of State chair Enhanced Departmental Boards has been a hugely important step in helping departments deliver the government’s reform programme and introducing greater efficiency to Whitehall.
Transparency is central to public confidence in reforms to governance across Whitehall. The Government Corporate Governance Code states that the Government Lead Non-Executive, Lord Browne of Madingley, will publish a report on progress every year. The reports describe the appointment of non-executives from senior positions outside government. They also cover the setting up of Enhanced Departmental Boards in Whitehall departments and highlight the priority areas identified by the non-executives. They will be of particular interest to ministers and civil servants involved in running government departments, and to those with responsibility for the governance of public bodies more broadly.
Lord Browne’s second annual report was published in June 2013. It notes that ministers and senior civil servants increasingly recognise the value of the independent and impartial advice that non-executives offer and that the quality of Enhanced Departmental Board meetings has improved. However, it also provides a frank assessment of progress in priority areas, highlighting where there is more work to do, such as building commercial and procurement skills and improving the quality and consistency of management information.
Read a transcript of Lord Browne’s report to the Public Administration Select Committee on the progress of non-executives.