The Constitution Unit


Public Appointments: Two Years on from Grimstone - Finding the Right People to Run Public Bodies

21 February 2019, 6:15 pm–7:45 pm

Peter Riddell and Sue Owen

Event Information

Open to





Edd Rowe, Constitution Unit


Council Room
29/30 Tavistock Square
Department of Political Science, UCL
United Kingdom

This event has now been rescheduled for 21 February 2019, all existing tickets are valid for the new date.

The Constitution Unit's first seminar of 2019 explores public appointments.

Sue Owen will talk about the challenges of making public appointments to 45 public bodies in the fields of culture, media and sport, drawing on her five years’ experience as Permanent Secretary at DCMS.  Peter Riddell will reflect on how the system of public appointments has developed in the light of the Grimstone review of spring 2016, and will discuss his role as advocate for greater diversity in appointments.

About the Speakers

Rt Hon Peter Riddell

Commissioner for Public Appointments

From 1991 to 2010, Riddell was a political commentator for The Times.

He has been a member of the Hansard Society council since 1996 and was its chair from 2007 until 2012. He was a senior fellow at the Institute for Government from 2008 until 2011, and since January 2012 has been director of the Institute for Government.

On 20 April 2016, the Cabinet Office announced that Riddell would replace Sir David Normington as the new Commissioner for Public Appointments, over-seeing.

Dame Sue Owen

Permanent Secretary at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Dame Sue Owen joined the Civil Service in 1989 as an economic adviser, and has worked in the Treasury, FCO, No 10, DfID and DWP, before becoming Permanent Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2013