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Alice Perkins

Alice Perkins


Alice Perkins was appointed Chairman of the Post Office Ltd in 2011 she is an executive coach and a partner of the international coaching practice of the internationally respected executive search company, JCA Group, a member of the Faculty of Meyler Campbell, a member of the Council of the University of Oxford and a former member of the Business Advisory Council of the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford.

Her career is seen by many as a brilliant example of how exemplary women attain powerful positions and influence through talent, integrity and virtue across both public and private sector.

Alice joined the Civil Service Fast Stream in 1971 firstly in the Department of Health and Social Security. In 1993 she moved to the Treasury as Director of Public Spending, where her priorities were Defence, the Intelligence Agencies, Aid, Foreign Office and Agriculture spending. In 1998 she returned to the Department of Health as Director General for Corporate Management responsible for administration of the Department. In 2001 Perkins moved to the Cabinet Office to work as Director General, Corporate Development Group, responsible for human resources across government, top appointments and civil service reform, reporting direct to the Cabinet Secretary. She was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), ultimately leaving the civil service in 2005.

For 10 years whilst charging up the ranks Alice worked a four day week, managing an aspiring career and a growing family.

In early 2006 she joined the board of the country’s largest airports operator BAA, until its take-over by the Spanish firm Ferrovial. She has also served as a non-executive Director on the Board of Littlewoods (1997–2001) and TNS (the global market information company) where she was also Chair of the Remuneration Committee from 2005 until its takeover by WPP in 2008.


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