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2 April 2014: IPSA’s Chief Executive

IPSA has today announced that Paul Hayes will join as interim Chief Executive from next week, following the retirement of Andrew McDonald on grounds of ill health. Today is Andrew’s last day at IPSA.

Paul has three decades of experience in the public sector, most recently as Chief Executive of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. He previously worked in the Probation Service, latterly as Chief Executive of the South East London Probation Service, and has undertaken consultancy work in the NHS and third sector. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Paul will join IPSA on a short term basis, expected to be 3-6 months, while work to appoint a permanent Chief Executive is completed. IPSA will make a further announcement about the permanent appointment in the summer.

Sir Ian Kennedy, IPSA’s chairman, said today:

“I’m delighted to welcome Paul to IPSA as its interim Chief Executive. He has an impressive track record and I am sure he’ll have a lot to offer over the coming months.

“As pleased as I am to have the opportunity to work with Paul, I must also express my sadness that Andrew is retiring and reiterate my huge thanks and admiration for the job he has done. Andrew oversaw the creation of IPSA and its evolution into an efficient, effective team which has successfully overhauled the expenses regime for MPs and saved the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds – no mean feat. Looking at the job done in establishing IPSA, the OGC commented that ‘the impossible has been delivered’.

“Andrew’s leadership has been nothing short of magnificent.”


Notes to Editor

  • Andrew McDonald, 51, has been IPSA’s Chief Executive since its creation in 2009. He has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease for a number of years. His retirement comes after medical advice that his cancer is incurable.

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