Non-executives play a vital role on the boards of government departments and arm’s-length bodies. Cabinet Office and the Commissioner for Public Appointments collect data on appointments and publish yearly reports. This review will explain how the Cabinet Office oversees appointments of non-executive directors (NEDs) across government.


The report will outline:

  • who NEDs are and how they are appointed
  • successes and challenges relating to the appointment process
  • recent efforts by Cabinet Office to improve the process and address challenges

NAO team

Director: Sian Jones
Audit managers: Poppy Sparham, Eleanor Fairbairn