Penna Public
Sector Advisory

Penna launched its first Public Sector Advisory Board at the House of Lords in 2016. The Board provides insight, cutting edge research and advice to support public sector clients facing significant challenge and change. From developing leadership and management skills for roles that may not even exist yet to tackling ongoing cyber threats and the impact of Brexit, the public sector will go through significant change in the near future and needs the organisational capability and capacity to tackle it.

Chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake, the Board comprises some of the most influential voices in the public realm with representatives from local and central government, health, education, not for profit and charity sectors.

President of the Local Government Association, Chair of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and former Head of the Civil Service.

Baroness Fritchie is an Independent Cross Bench Peer, Chair of Nominet, an Internet Company and a Consultant on Board Development, Strategy and Leadership working out of Mainstream Development and is Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire.

She is Chair of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and a member of the Penna Advisory Board on the Public Sector. A previous Chair of Council and Pro Chancellor of Southampton University, she Chaired the JINCHES year long Review of Higher Education Finance and Pay Data.

In 1999 she was appointed Commissioner for Public Appointments for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, she was also the Civil Service Commissioner, she held both posts for seven years.

Her work in and for the NHS spans 25 years.

She has Chaired a number of NHS Boards, Gloucestershire Health Authority, a foundation Trust for Mental Health and the largest, the Southwest Regional Health Authority. She was a member of the of the National NHS Policy Board and continues to act as a Coach and Mentor for Chairs and Chief Executives in the public sector.

She is an active Patron of three charities.

Mark Hammond has worked across the public sector for over thirty years.  He has been a civil servant at the Department  of Environment where his roles included the negotiation of the UN Climate Change Convention, a diplomat at the UK s Washington Embassy, and worked in local government at Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.  He was CEO at West Sussex 2004-2010 and was most recently CEO at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2011-2015. He is currently visiting professor in Public Policy at Christchurch Canterbury University, and serves as a non executive on the boards of the North East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the General Pharmaceutical Council.      

Sir David Henshaw was the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council from 1999 to 2006.  He was also Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company, Deputy Chair  of the board of the Mersey Partnership and Chair of Liverpool Partnership Group. A Non-Executive Director of SOLACE Enterprises, a  Past President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, a former Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, a non Executive Director of the Home Secretary’s National Offender Management Board (Prisons, Probation and Youth Justice in England and Wales), He was also  an adviser to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, a member of the Treasury’s Public Services Productivity Panel, member of the Department of Health’s External Panel, and a Board member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Born and educated in Liverpool, he obtained a degree at in Public Administration, and then a Master's Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham (INLOGOV).

He is also an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University,and an Hononary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University  a Fellow of Liverpool University, a former Visiting Fellow of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, He was the Chairman of the Faenol Trust, and a member of the Board of the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University .Since leaving Liverpool in 2006 he was appointed by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a Re-Design of the Child Support system in the UK .

He was Chairman of the North West NHS 2006 – 2011 and is now Chairman of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. A former Trustee of NESTA.  Sir David was Interim Chair of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay from February 2011-February 2012, Interim Chair of

Dorset Healthcare NHS University Foundation Trust between October 2013-April 2014 and is currently Interim Chair of St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

He is also a Non Executive Director on a number of other private and public  bodies.

Peter is Corporate Services Director for the Welsh  Government.  He joined the organisation in 2004 having worked for several years within the Ministry of Defence. He is an HR professional with many years experience of both operational and strategic Human Resources together with experience of Health and Safety Emergency Planning and Security.  He is on the Board of Transport for Wales.

Peter also spent 9 years in the RAF within aircraft maintenance and technical training roles.

Peter lives in Cardiff, is married to Jenny, and has two grown up children.

Javed Khan is a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, with thirty-one years’ experience developing a track record of successfully managing change through key high profile leadership roles.

Javed is Chief Executive of Barnardo's, the UK's oldest and largest children’s charity. With HRH The Queen as its Patron, Barnardo’s runs over 900 services in local communities, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. Barnardo’s also finds loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care.  Last year it helped transform the lives of more than 240,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. Many more were helped by campaigning to change policy and public opinion. He leads a staff team of over 8,500, with 17,000 volunteers across 960 services, with a retail chain of 700 shops, making it the fifth largest charity in the UK. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non white CEO in Barnardo’s 150 year history.

Previously, Javed was CEO at Victim Support, which helps over a million victims and witnesses each year, having 600 sites across England and Wales. Under Javed’s leadership the charity successfully managed significant change where it restructured itself; embraced major financial challenges; raised its public and political profile; generated new business opportunities, and was recognised in major awards including short lists for Charity of the Year, Best Campaign of the Year, Best Partnership Initiative and the Queen’s Jubilee Award.

Javed joined Victim Support in 2010, from the Government Office for London where he was the Executive Director to the London Serious Youth Violence Board. In this senior civil service role he worked across London’s key agencies to reduce serious youth violence.

In December 2003 Javed joined London’s Harrow Council, as Director of Education, making history as the UK's first British Pakistani in such a post. During this period the borough saw a 40% reduction in school exclusions, and the creation of the country’s first Sixth Form Collegiate leading to the lowest level of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in England. By 2006 Harrow had been recognised as the 4th best achieving local education authority in the country. In 2007 he took on the role of Harrow’s Director of Community and Cultural Services, and led the department from ‘poor’ to a ‘good’ external inspection outcome.

He was previously Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham, where he led a team of over 3000 staff. During this period he helped the Education Department achieve ‘Excellent’ status under Ofsted inspections.

He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Commissioner for England and a lay member on a London Clinical Commissioning Group. Javed works with ministers at the highest level, and is a regular contributor in the media and at national and international conferences.  In September 2015 Javed’s career achievements were recognised when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University.

During 32 years as a television journalist Martyn anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV & BBCTV, and now works extensively in the voluntary sector.  His current charity roles include chairing NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  A long-time campaigner for "constructive journalism", he is the Patron of and a Director of IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation). He is also a Vice-President of all 3 national hospice charities and a Patron of Dementia UK. In 2013 he returned to broadcasting to present a weekly interview programme called “Agenda” on “The Wireless”, a new radio station for the over-50s” created by the charity Age UK. 

With a successful career rooted in organisational change and an interest in supporting people to reach their full potential, Lynn brings experience of leading and delivering in executive and non executive roles, as a trustee and runs her own business.

Currently a Chair of an NHS Trust, Lynn has just been reappointed, with a clear focus to integrate services and work towards sustainability.

An ambassador for the NW Leadership Academy and having worked at regional and national level, Lynn brings current experience of the NHS, partners and the health sector to the Advisory Board.

Barry has been a chief executive in London’s local government for over twenty years.  He is an academic author on public management and urban policy; as well as being a strategy consultant to the public sector. 

Lewisham is an inner London Council with a directly elected Mayor and 54 Councillors.  It spends over £1bn per year (plus an annual capital spend of some £120m) serving a highly diverse and growing population of some 300,000 people.  The Council employs over 2,500 staff.  It has very many service partnerships with leading suppliers - to a combined annual value of over £300m. 

Barry served a four year term (2002-6) as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of HM Revenue & Customs.  He was an independent member of two capability reviews of HM Treasury (in 2001 and 2008).  And between 2004 and 2009, Barry was appointed by Government to be the National Efficiency Champion for local government.  In 2007 he produced a landmark report for Government on the potential transfer of public assets to community groups.  For the past three years Barry has led the core leadership development session at the US conference of International City Managers Association (ICMA).  In addition Barry has led the keynote sessions for state and national conferences on local government in Melbourne, Australia; as well as in Wellington, New Zealand.

Barry has a PhD in social & political geography and a CBE for services to local government.  He writes regularly on public policy and management and his most recent book, Re-imagining Government, was published to critical academic acclaim.

Bobby is the Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute and Global Director of Ipsos Social Research Institute. He leads a team of around 200 researchers in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Brussels.

He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, conducting analyses on life satisfaction and trust in other people, and to the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the LSE, looking at perceptions of public services in deprived areas.  He has been named one of the top 10 thought leaders in local government by the Local Government Chronicle. 

Bobby is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Institute, King’s College London.  He sits on several advisory boards, including at the University of York, the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change and the Resolution Foundation.

Dr Cathy Garner’s career has been dedicated to understanding and implementing social and economic development through innovation. She specialises in innovation in cities and communities. With a background in policy development and research in innovation, social housing, regeneration and community development she has worked in economic development, urban systems, knowledge transfer and business entrepreneurship. Her initial academic research career was in school educational performance.

She is currently Partnership Director at the Work Foundation in London, a charity and think tank which is a leading provider of research-based analysis, knowledge exchange and policy advice on work, skills and the labour market in the UK and beyond. The Work Foundation has championed “good work” for almost 100 years and is currently focusing on Work 4.0 and Health and Wellbeing in the digital age.

As Chief Executive of Manchester: Knowledge Capital she built a globally recognised partnership for innovation by bridging the boundaries across business, universities and government. Manchester achieved global recognition for this effort by being named most admired Knowledge City in 2009. She served on the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property for the UK between 2008 and 2010 and was a member of the UK Cabinet Office Innovators’ Council in 2010.

Previously Cathy established and led an international NGO which addressed the health needs of the global poor by developing and promoting creative intellectual property solutions in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, global agencies and the pharmaceutical industry; led the establishment of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and was a founder director of the Scottish North American Business Council. She has served as a Board member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) in the USA and was their inaugural Vice President for International Relations. She holds a number of Non-Executive positions and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the Royal Society for Arts and a member of the Merchant Company of Edinburgh.

Jane joined oneSource at the end of 2015. oneSource is a Joint Committee providing support services such as finance, legal, HR, ICT and asset management to Newham and Havering Councils. It also provides Bexley with financial services. oneSource has been in operation since April 2014 and is keen to extend its model for sharing services in the future, in partnership with other public bodies.

Jane was previously the Executive Director for Corporate Services for the Tri-borough councils ie Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. Prior to that, she had been the chief financial officer  (s151) for Hammersmith and Fulham since 2003.

Julie, Managing Director of Penna, has a 25-year track record in the resourcing industry.

Beginning her career within Nottinghamshire County Council’s HR team, Julie developed her expertise in recruitment, selection, industrial relations and training. Her broad-based HR experience next took Julie to the Riley Group (acquired by Euro RSCG now Havas), where she spent 17 years and rose to the role of Managing Director for the Consulting Division (UK and Europe), leading the consultancy and graduate recruitment business across Europe. 

Moving to Tribal Group plc, a specialist public sector consultancy business, in 2002 and becoming Chief Executive of its Resourcing Division in 2003, Julie spearheaded rapid growth and saw Tribal win ‘Recruitment Business of the Year’ in 2010. She then joined Penna in April 2011 as Managing Director, Recruitment Solutions and later took on the role of Managing Director of Penna following the 2016 acquisition by The Adecco Group. She is also a member of the Adecco Group UK & Ireland Board.

Roger's career began in marketing and communication, holding senior roles in both the public and private sector before joining PwC‘s fledging Executive Search Practice. Following the sale of much of PwC’s consulting arm, Roger joined the Capita Group in 2002 where he led three search practices, before becoming MD of the expanded search, interim, assessment and development business Veredus, in 2009. Roger joined Penna in 2015 to support the growth of the business at C-Suite and Board level with a particular focus on government, education and life sciences. He has recently supported the appointment of the inaugural Director of the UK’s new Dementia Research Institute, the newly established Health and Bioinformatics Institute and the CEO of the National Assembly for Wales.

Roger graduated from Loughborough University and has a post graduate Diploma in Marketing. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and a member of the Penna Public Sector Advisory Board. He is married to a New Yorker and has three sons who sadly do not share his passion for jazz and Leeds United.

John L. Marshall III holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. Mr. Marshall was a practicing attorney with King & Spalding and AT&T before he joined MPS Group in 1998. He started as Deputy General Counsel with an emphasis on acquisitions and public company reporting and was promoted to President of Special Counsel in 2001 and named President of Accounting Principals in 2006. Adecco acquired MPS Group in 2010 and named Mr. Marshall President of Adecco’s US Finance, Office and Legal business unit.  In 2015, Mr. Marshall was appointed Regional Head and CEO of Adecco Group UK and Ireland.


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