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Insolvency Service confirms board level changes

In their new positions, the group will work with the body’s senior leadership team to provide strategic leadership and governance for the agency

The Insolvency Service has named Mark Austen as its new chair, with three new appointments also joining the board on three year terms.

Joining as non-executive board members, Gary Kildare, Samantha Durrant, and Rob Hunt will work alongside Mary Chapman, who is continuing her role on the board.

In their new positions, the group will work with the Insolvency Service’s senior leadership team to provide strategic leadership and governance for the agency.

Dean Beale, chief executive at the body, said that the new members “bring significant experience in their respective fields”, and will provide “valuable support and guidance” to achieve the group’s goals.

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He added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the immense contribution and support of the outgoing board members. 

“Their hard work, dedication and expertise over the past few years has supported the agency to consistently deliver its objectives.”

Previously a partner and board member at PwC, Austen has also acted as a senior partner at IBM and worked on the boards of LV=, Standard Bank, and MacDonald.

Durrant will provide the role with a wealth of executive leadership experience, while Hunt and Kildare are restructuring and HR specialists respectively.

Austen said: “I am much looking forward to working with the senior team to build on the legacy of my predecessor, Steve Allinson, in the continuing development of the service. 

“Such development is ever more pressing now as the comprehensive pandemic support measures are unwound.”

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