The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Public Appointments Assessors Biographies

Mark Addison CB

Mark is a member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. He is also a member of the Which? Council and Chair of Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  He left the Civil Service in 2006 as Director General, Operations and Service Delivery, Defra. He was from 1998 to 2001 Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service and before that held posts in the Cabinet Office, the Health and Safety Executive, No 10 and the Department of Employment.

Mark served as a Civil Service Commissioner from 2007-2012 and was the First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments on an interim basis from 1 January to 31 March 2011.

Mark Addison CB

John Knight CBE

John has had a 25-year career across the statutory and voluntary sectors. After serving at the Department of Health and in a London Borough, he was for over 16
years Director of Policy and Campaigns at Leonard Cheshire Disability, where he formally advised governments on the development of disability and charity policy as a member of Advisory Bodies to the Ministers for Disabled People and Civil Society respectively.

Currently he is a Non Civil Service Member of the Community, Voluntary and Local Services Honours Committee and a Governor of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A founding member of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and once a Trustee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), he has also previously held Board level positions on national regulatory agencies – the Commission for Social Care Inspection,
General Social Care Council and Charity Commission. John serves as a Magistrate
on a London Bench.

John Knight CBE

Margaret Scott

Margaret’s early career was spent in IBM with roles in marketing, technical support and personnel development, and she worked with clients in the international banking, oil, local government and manufacturing sectors.

Leaving IBM after seventeen years she became a non executive director in the Loddon NHS Trust and subsequently chaired three NHS trusts – Hampshire Ambulance Service, Portsmouth Healthcare Trust and East Hampshire Primary Care Trust.

Margaret was an Appointments Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Appointments Commission between 2007 and 2012 where she had responsibility for NHS trusts in the south of England as well as several national organisations.

She was an independent board member and then Chair of Radian Group Ltd, a housing and care organisation which has over 20,000 homes in south central England.  She is Vice Chair of Governors of The Portsmouth Grammar School and has also served as chair of governors of a maintained primary school.  She is currently a lay member of South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and a Governor of Portsmouth University.

Margaret Scott

Amerdeep Somal

Amerdeep is a lawyer. She started her career in private practice as a criminal defence advocate and became a prosecution advocate at the Crown Prosecution Service. Amerdeep has received several awards for her work in tackling domestic violence; including one from the Attorney General for confronting the particular challenges affecting Asian communities in dealing with domestic violence and for her commitment to diversity. She is a former Chair of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Amerdeep Somal is the Independent Assessor to the Financial Ombudsman Service. She is a Board member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She sits as a Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Amerdeep Somal

Sir Peter Spencer KCB

Peter served in the Royal Navy for 38 years. His appointments included Controller of the Navy, Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief Naval Home Command. He then became a Civil Servant as Chief of Defence Procurement for four years from 2003 followed by five years as Chief Executive of the charity Action for M.E. until his retirement in 2012. He was a non-executive director at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Foundation Trust in Bath from 2007 until 2015 and chaired the Audit Committee. He chaired the Bath Abbey Development Panel from 2011 until 2014. He is currently a warden of St George’s church Beckington.

Sir Peter Spencer KCB

Rosie Varley OBE

Rosie has had a long career in public service and has held appointments in health, social care, regulation, and justice. Until October 2012 she was chair of the General Social Care Council, the regulator for the social work profession, and of the Public Guardian Board, a national advisory body within the Ministry of Justice.

In the past Rosie has been an NHS Trust and then Regional Chair, an NHS Appointments Commissioner, Chair of the General Optical Council and a Governor of The Priory Special School Academy (a residential school for young people with special needs) and St Benedicts RC Upper School. Currently Rosie is Chair of Governors of the Priory Academy, Chair of the General Dental Council’s Appointments Committee, a Non-Executive Director of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and regularly sits on Mental Health and Disability Allowance Tribunals.

Rosie Varley OBE

Olivia Grant OBE DL

Olivia is currently Chair of Your Homes Newcastle (an Arms Length Management Organisation) responsible for the management and running of over 30,000 homes in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is a Trustee of a Pension Fund, Chair of the Newcastle City Council partnership, Newcastle Futures, a Member of Court of Newcastle University and serves on the University Development Trust. Olivia has held a number of private and public sector non-executive roles in recent years: for nine years she was Chair of the Council and Pro Chancellor of Newcastle University, (2002-2011), a Board member and latterly Vice Chairman of Newcastle Building Society (to 2008), Chair of the NBS Pension Fund from 2008-2012, the Chairman of the National Trust Advisory Board for Yorkshire and the North East, Chair of the Regional Cultural Consortium Culture North East (2002-2009), and served on the Boards of the Port of Tyne, Northern Arts, the SAGE Gateshead and several other business-related organisations.

Olivia’s background prior to her non-executive roles includes over twenty years working in Local Government in Education and Skills and employment policy related areas, followed by eleven years as Chief Executive of Tyneside Training and Enterprise Council. Through this she served on the Regional Assembly to represent employment and skills and business interests. Olivia has been involved in a range of Public Appointments during her service as a central list and then Independent Public Appointments Assessor.

Olivia