The Commissioner for Public Appointments

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Commissioner's biography

Peter Riddell worked as a journalist for 40 years , first on the Financial Times from 1970 until 1991, writing about financial issues, property and economics before becoming Political Editor and then US Editor and Washington Bureau Chief; and then on The Times from 1991 until 2010 as chief political commentator. Peter RiddellHe is the author of seven books on British politics and has frequently appeared on radio and television. He was Chair of the Hansard Society from 2007 until 2012, a member of the privy counsellor inquiry into detainees (Gibson Inquiry) from 2010-11 and a member of Parliamentary and Political Service Honours Scrutiny Committee 2012-16. Peter was Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government from 2008 and has been Director/Chief Executive since 2011. As he starts work as Commissioner, Peter will be reducing his time commitment to the Institute for Government before stepping down as Director.


The Commissioner has completed a Register of Interests.