Bob Kerslake

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Robert Walker 'Bob' Kerslake, Baron Kerslake (born 28 February 1955),[1] is a British senior civil servant. He was the Head of the Home Civil Service, after the retirement of the former holder, the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell until the 2014 Cabinet Reshuffle on 15 July 2014. Sir Bob also continues to be Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government.[2] In December 2014 he was appointed as the Chair of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to begin in June 2015.[3] He was introduced as a Life Peer in the House of Lords on 19 March 2015.


Originally from Bath, he graduated with a first class degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick where he was also secretary of the students' union.[4] He later qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and went on to hold a number of posts with councils in London before becoming Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hounslow. He then moved to Sheffield to take up the post of Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council in 1997. From 2008 to 2010 he was Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency; and in September 2010 Kerslake was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.[5]

In December 2014 he was appointed as the Chair of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to begin in June 2015.[6]



  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian: 33 
  2. ^ Sir Bob Kerslake is new Civil Service boss, BBC News
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  4. ^ a b "Summer 2012 Honorary Graduates (full list)". University of Warwick. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Profile on DCLG website [2]
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  7. ^ The innovators, The Guardian, 10 September 2003. Retrieved 28 May 2010
  8. ^ Honorary awards - archive, SHU. Retrieved 28 May 2010
  9. ^ Council chief receives knighthood, BBC News, 31 December 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2010
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57509. p. 1. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57737. p. 10898. 23 August 2005.
  12. ^ "Peerage for Sir Bob Kerslake". Press release. Prime Minister's Office. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 61177. p. 5242. 23 March 2015.

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