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UK SBS secures new chair

John Clarke brings a wealth of experience to the role, and currently serves as a non-executive director with the UK Ordnance Survey

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has appointed John Clarke as the UK shared business services (UK SBS) board chair, following an open competition conducted in line with the governance framework on public appointments.

Clarke brings a wealth of experience to the role. He is currently serving as a non-executive director with the UK Ordnance Survey, and is a former non-executive member with the Department of Work and Pensions as part of the Digital Advisory Committee since 2018 and 2017 respectively.

He is also a former partner with Ernst and Young and has held senior corporate positions including chief executive and chairman at Mind Foundry, chief information officer at Nokia and chief technology officer at Tesco.

As board chair, Clarke will play a crucial role in leading and supporting UK SBS during a “critical time” in its shared services transformation journey as it prepares to meet future demand.

He said: “I am honoured to have been offered the position as a Chair of the Board and I am very much looking forward to supporting UK SBS in developing shared services to support government departments in delivering on their respective priorities and enhancing business operations.”

Richard Semple, CEO of UK SBS, added: “I am delighted to welcome John to UK SBS as our new chairman and greatly look forward to working with him over the coming months and years.

“He joins our board as the company embarks on a journey of expansion and transformation. I have no doubt that his wealth of business and digital experience will prove to be invaluable in setting our strategic direction for the future.”

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