HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 c506W
Mr. Eggar

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list the names, position, and relevant experience of the members of the Joint Management Unit.

Mr. Hayhoe

Head of the joint management unit is Mrs. Valerie Strachan. She entered the Civil Service in 1961 and has served in a number of Government Departments. In 1980 she was appointed a commissioner of Her Majesty's Customs and Excise (Under Secretary). In this capacity she has served as director of VAT Control, a large line management operation. More recently she was director of organisation which includes responsibility for the Department on finance and manpower and implementation of the financial management initiative in Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

The deputy head of the joint management unit is Mr. William St. Clair (Assistant Secretary) who entered the Civil Service in 1960. He served with the Ministry of Defence and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before moving to Her Majesty's Treasury in 1970 where he has had experience of a wide range of subjects including public expenditure control and overseas finance. Most recently he was the head of a sizeable division dealing with superannuation arrangements in the public services.

Support to the Head and Deputy is provided by Mr. Michael O'Connor (Higher Executive Officer (Development)) who entered the Civil Service in 1982 and has served in the Department of Health and Social Security as a member of the Management Accounts Unit working on the implementation of the Financial Management Initiative.