Alex Chisholm

Former Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office, UK Civil Service

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Policy Leaders Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy

In March 2020, Alex Chisholm became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, where he is leading a new reform programme for the civil service. Before this he was the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for four years.

He is also Trustee and Deputy Chair at the international charity Breadline Africa.

Previous career highlights include: Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC); Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA); Chairperson and Commissioner of Ireland’s communications regulatory agency, ComReg; Chair of the Economic Regulators Network in Ireland; and senior executive positions in the media, technology and e-commerce industries, with Pearson plc, Financial Times Group, eCountries Inc and Ecceleration Ltd.