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8 May 2014: IPSA appoints new Chief Executive

IPSA has today announced the appointment of Marcial Boo as the new Chief Executive, following Andrew McDonald’s recent retirement on the grounds of ill health.
 
Marcial Boo has held senior positions across the public sector, including as a director for eight years at the National Audit Office and the Audit Commission, and as a senior civil servant at both the Home Office, where he led work on counter terrorism and reducing street crime, and at the Department for Education where he created the government’s adult basic skills strategy, Skills for Life. In addition, he was appointed a senior advisor to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and has held leadership positions for a number of charities.
 
IPSA’s chair, Sir Ian Kennedy, said today:
“Marcial was the outstanding candidate in strong field of applicants. His skill in leadership, knowledge of Parliament and Whitehall, in-depth understanding of public policy and regulatory work, alongside his track record of delivering effective operations were among the factors that led to his appointment.
 
“Over the past four years, IPSA has taken huge strides in demonstrating the importance and effectiveness of independent regulation of Parliament. We have cleaned up and regularised MPs’ costs and expenses, delivered the blueprint for long overdue reform of MPs’ remuneration and saved the taxpayer over £35m in the process.
 
“Under Marcial’s leadership, I am confident that IPSA will continue to provide increased value for MPs and the public.”
 
Marcial Boo will take up his post as IPSA’s Chief Executive on 3 June. In the meantime, IPSA is delighted that Paul Hayes will continue to act as Chief Executive on an interim basis.
 
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For more information, please contact IPSA's Press Office.