Alan Davey (civil servant)

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Alan Davey, CBE (born 12 November 1960) is a British civil servant and arts administrator. The son of an electrician,[1] Davey grew up in Stockton-on-Tees and attended The Grangefield Academy. He later studied at the University of Birmingham (BA, English, 1982), Merton College, Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London.

Starting as an Administration Trainee in the Department of Health and Social Security in 1985, he was Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Health, 1988–90. He went to the Department of National Heritage in 1992 to head the National Lottery Bill Team. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, 1993–94, then Head of European Business, Medicines Control Agency 1995–97, then secretary of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, 1997–99. He was awarded a Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholarship in 1999. After this, at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, he was Head of Arts Division from January 2001 to April 2004, and subsequently Director of Arts and Culture from May 2004 to December 2007. Davey became chief executive of Arts Council England in 2008, and was scheduled to stand down from the post in 2014.[2] In September 2014, the BBC announced the appointment of Davey as the next Controller of BBC Radio 3, effective January 2015.[3][4][5]

Davey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[6][7]


  1. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (26 September 2014). "Alan Davey: why Radio 3 have hired well in this former punk enthusiast". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arts Council England confirms Alan Davey, current Chief Executive, has been appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3" (Press release). Arts Council England. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arts Council chief Alan Davey to run BBC Radio 3". BBC News. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Plunkett, John (26 September 2014). "BBC names Alan Davey as Radio 3 controller". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Hewett, Ivan (26 September 2014). "Alan Davey named as controller of BBC Radio 3". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N9. 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List

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