ACE EXECUTIVE BOARD
ACE Executive Board Members are elected each year at the ACE AGM which is held during the Annual Conference.
THE CURRENT ACE EXECUTIVE BOARD IS:
Graham Farrant, ACE Chair
Chief Registrar, HM Land Registry
Graham Farrant took up his appointment as Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar on 1 June 2015.
Graham has considerable experience as a senior manager in both the private and public sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of Thurrock Council, where his 5 years of leadership achieved significant improvements in the council’s performance and reputation, quality of service and efficiency. Graham has also had spells as Chief Executive at Brentwood Council, and 7 years in two spells as Chief Executive for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.
Graham's private sector experience includes 5 years as Chief Executive of private-equity backed Leisure Connection Ltd, and Chief Executive of pmpgenesis, a management consultancy.
Graham graduated from Brunel University with an MSc in Environmental Pollution Science and the University of Greenwich with a BSc in Environmental Health, leading to his first public sector appointment as an Environmental Health Officer at Westminster City Council.
Claire Bassett, Vice Chair
Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission
Claire took over as CEO at the Electoral Commission on Wednesday, 7 Oct 15. Before that she was CEO of the Parole Board for England and Wales for three and half years. During this time she oversaw unprecedented change in the Board's work and a fourfold increase in demand.
Before this Claire was CEO of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the body responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice, Services Director at Nacro the crime reduction charity, and CEO of Connexions Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Claire started her career as a management trainee in the construction industry.
Claire lives in West Berkshire with her husband Jason and their wire haired dachshund Wato.
Ian Gambles, Honorary Treasurer and Head of Governance
Director, Forestry Commission England
Ian is the Director of Forestry Commission England. The Forestry Commission is a non-ministerial department funded by Defra, which runs the public forest estate and is also a regulator and grant-making body. Previously, he was Director of National Infrastructure at the Planning Inspectorate, and Director of Operations at the Infrastructure Planning Commission (which he helped set up and then abolish!). His early civil service career was in HM Treasury in the 1990s, and he has also spent a number of years in management consultancy firms. Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Sarah Harrison, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, Gambling Commission
Sarah became Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission on 1 October 2015. She was a Senior Partner at Ofgem where she led the Sustainable Development Division. Previously she was Managing Director of Corporate Affairs at Ofgem and before that, Communications Director. Before joining Ofgem in 2000 Sarah was the first Chief Executive of ICSTIS, the UK industry regulator for premium rate telephone services. Her earlier career was in government and public relations consultancy.
Glenys Stacey, Elected Board Member
Chief Regulator, Ofqual
Glenys is an experienced regulator and chief executive. A solicitor by profession, she has seventeen years CEO experience, having led the start up or turnaround of a number of public sector organisations responsible for legal and/or regulatory services.
Glenys joined Ofqual as its CEO and Chief Regulator designate in March 2011, and became its CEO and Chief Regulator by statute in April 2012. Ofqual is leading the implementation of the Government’s planned reforms to qualifications in England. It advises Government on how best to deliver Government’s policy aims for qualifications, and has specific statutory objectives to ensure standards.
In March 2015 Glenys is taking up the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation. In many ways this is a move ‘home’ for her, back into the world of criminal justice where she spent much of her career.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation exists to set standards and drive improvement in probation services, with the joint aims of reducing reoffending and protecting the public.
Glenys holds an MBA and is just completing an MA in Educational Assessment.
Anne Sharp, Elected Board Member
Chief Executive, ACAS
Anne Sharp began her civil service career as an inspector in the Health and Safety Executive, before working on risk management policy in industries including railways, nuclear weapons, construction and offshore oil and gas. She then moved to Defra where she led fisheries management policy before becoming Director of National Climate Change and Energy. From 2009 to February 2013 Anne reported to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales as Chief Executive Officer of the Judicial Office which supports judges and magistrates around the country. In February 2013 she took up post as Chief Executive Officer of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
Sheenagh Adams, Elected Board Member
Keeper of the Registers of Scotland
Sheenagh joined Registers of Scotland as managing director in April 2006, and took over as keeper in 2009. She has enjoyed a varied career in the public sector with 25 years' experience in the civil service and 11 years in local government and the third sector.
Since joining RoS, Sheenagh has overseen significant organisational improvements, bringing in comprehensive legislative changes to conveyancing and registration practice in Scotland, moving many services to digital platforms and overseeing the rationalising and revitalising of the offices and customer services functions – underpinning her primary aim for the organisation – putting customers at the heart of what we do.
Sheenagh chaired the Scottish Government Delivery Bodies Group for three years and in early 2015, was appointed as a trustee of New Lanark World Heritage Site.
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