Sir Bob Kerslake
Sir Bob Kerslake was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2010, and took up the post on 1 November 2010.
In November 2011, it was announced that following Sir Gus O’Donnell’s retirement, Bob would take up the post as Head of the Civil Service from 1 January 2012. This is alongside his role as Permanent Secretary for DCLG.
He was formerly the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, and began in post as Chief Executive Designate from 31 March 2008.
From 1997 to 2008 he was Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, the fourth largest in England. The Council was rated as a four-star authority and was Council of the Year in 2005. The City Council serves a population of approximately 513,000.
Bob was previously with the London Borough of Hounslow initially in the post of Director of Finance and then for seven years as Chief Executive. Prior to that he was with the Greater London Council, handling Transport Finance, and then with the Inner London Education Authority, where he was responsible for their main accounts with an expenditure in excess of £1bn.
Nationally, he has also been a non-executive Board member at the Department for Communities and Local Government and was a member of both the Equalities Review Panel and the National Employment Panel.