New Chief Operating Officer at head of Efficiency and Reform Group named

Ian Watmore, former Chief Executive of the Football Association and a former Permanent Secretary, has been named the new Chief Operating Officer at the head of the Efficiency and Reform Group.

He will take up the post on 1 September.

The Efficiency and Reform Group is responsible for helping departments across the whole of Whitehall meet their commitments to save £6.2 billion in this financial year.

Watmore will work closely with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, to make sure there is a coordinated approach to tackling waste and improving accountability across all government departments.

This will include exploiting economies of scale and reducing duplication, as well as looking for efficiencies in procurement, project management, property, HR and ICT.

Watmore said: "I believe that the Efficiency and Reform Group has a key role to play in securing value for money."

"By looking at innovative new ways of working we can make government more efficient and effective, as well as improving the delivery of public services."

Further information:
Cabinet Office