Ministers are launching a shake-up of their departmental boards in a transfer that has resulted in distinguished businesspeople leaving halfway via their phrases.
Sky News has learnt that Michelle Donelan, the science, innovation and know-how secretary, will this week authorise the beginning of a seek for a crop of non-executives to affix the newly created ministry’s board.
Officials in Ms Donelan’s division stated she needed its management to replicate the sectors it oversees, and to paved the way in overhauling how Whitehall is run.
A supply near her stated: “Michelle wants her new department to literally change the world – and to do that she wants to bring the biggest, brightest and best talents from across science and tech in the UK, right into the heart of Whitehall and really shake things up.
“This is about radically overhauling how Government departments work, to be responsive and agile identical to a start-up.
“She wants fresh perspectives, from people who really understand how to put bright ideas into action.”
Rishi Sunak’s latest reorganisation of Whitehall – creating a brand new enterprise and commerce division, in addition to one targeted on power and internet zero – is predicted to imply that present slates of non-executive administrators may step down, relatively than be mechanically appointed to newly constituted boards.
Ms Donelan served as Mr Sunak’s tradition secretary previous to the creation of DSIT.
Examples of senior enterprise figures drafted into government-appointed roles embody Peter Mather, a former BP govt who joined the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy board precisely a yr in the past, and Stephen Hill, a former Financial Times govt, who additionally sat on the BEIS board.
Government departments started appointing exterior administrators from the personal sector beneath the coalition authorities led by David Cameron in 2010.
Some ministers – notably Michael Gove, now the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – have confronted accusations of cronyism over their persistent appointment of shut associates to the roles.
Others, nevertheless, have welcomed the perception offered by enterprise leaders as they aim enhancements within the operation of the equipment of presidency.