Alan Davey (civil servant)

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Alan Davey, CBE (born 12 November 1960) is, as of January 2015, the controller of BBC Radio 3. He is a former civil servant[1] and arts council administrator. The son of an electrician,[2] 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 was chief executive of Arts Council England 2008-14.[3] In January 2015, Davey became controller of BBC Radio 3.[4][5][6]

Davey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the arts.[7][8]


  1. ^ As an employee of the BBC (a public corporation), Mr Davey is not currently a "civil servant". He is a "public servant". See ("public servants, but not civil servants, work for public corporations such as the BBC, Channel 4, the Bank of England, the communications regulator Ofcom, the Civil Aviation Authority, British Nuclear Fuels, and the British Waterways Board, who run the canals etc."), ("Mr Davey is a former civil servant..."), ("It’s a formidable task for the former civil servant and head of Arts Council England.").
  2. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (26 September 2014). "Alan Davey: why Radio 3 have hired well in this former punk enthusiast". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Arts Council chief Alan Davey to run BBC Radio 3". BBC News. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (26 September 2014). "BBC names Alan Davey as Radio 3 controller". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Hewett, Ivan (26 September 2014). "Alan Davey named as controller of BBC Radio 3". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N9. 
  8. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List Archived 2015-01-02 at the Wayback Machine.

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