The PSC appoints Lord Bob Kerslake as Chair

The PSC has announced the former head of the UK Civil Service, Lord Bob Kerslake, as its Chair. Lord Kerslake was previously a senior strategic advisor to The PSC from 2020 to 2023 and succeeds Sir Ian Carruthers, who served as The PSC’s Chair for nearly ten years.

Lord Bob Kerslake says of the announcement: “I’m delighted to take on this important role as The PSC continues on its exciting growth journey to fulfil its mission of ‘making public services brilliant’. I’ve had the privilege of working with the highly talented and motivated staff of The PSC for the past two and a half years. I know that The PSC’s unique, values-driven, proposition delivers enormous value to its clients across UK public services, from the NHS, educational institutions, the space sector and beyond.”

Bob Kerslake was previously head of the UK home civil service, permanent secretary for the Department of Communities and Local Government, and Chair of King’s College Hospital. He is currently Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Peabody and led the UK2070 commission.

Russell Cake, founder and Senior Partner at The PSC commented: “Bob is a brilliant appointment. His passion and dedication to public services is evidenced by his tremendous track record. We are excited by the knowledge and experience he will bring as we enter a new phase of growth.”

Nicole Samuel, Associate Partner at The PSC, and member of the appointments panel added: “This was a rigorous and competitive process, supported by Saxton Bampfylde and reflecting our commitments to diversity and inclusion throughout. We had applications from and met with many excellent individuals. Bob was the outstanding candidate and we are thrilled to make this announcement today.”