Rt Hon Sir John Chilcot GCB
Currently chairman, since 1999, of the B&CE (building
and civil engineering) Group, with c. £1bn of assets,
providing on a not-for-profit basis pensions, insurance,
holiday pay and other benefits to the construction industry.
B&CE is the largest supplier in the UK of stakeholder
pensions to medium and low-earning workers. Chairman of
the individual group companies, and of the linked Charitable
Staff Counsellor to the National Criminal Intelligence
Service since 2002.
Chairman since 2001, of the Police Federation, the leading
research foundation on policing in the UK.
Member, the National Archives Council (formerly the Lord
Chancellor’s Advisory Council on the Public Records)
Trustee, the Police Rehabilitation Trust since 2002.
Director, Abraxa Ltd and NBW Ltd.
Other former appointments include: Member, Independent
Commission on the Voting System, 1997-8; Chairman, First
Division Pensioners Group, 1998-2002; Staff Counsellor
for the Security and Intelligence Agencies, 1999-2004;
seconded Director, Schroders, 1986-7; Director RTZ Pillar,
1986-90. Conducted reviews of Royal and VIP security, 1999,
and the Castlereagh Special Branch break-in 2002-3.
Before retiring from the Civil Service at the end of 1997,
as Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland
Office since 1990, he was Deputy Under-Secretary at the
Home Office in charge of the Police Department, and served
in a variety of posts in the Home Office, the Civil Service
Department and the Cabinet Office, including Private Secretary
appointments to the Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins, Merlyn
Rees and Willie Whitelaw) and to the Head of the Civil
Service (William Armstrong). CB, 1990; KCB, 1994; GCB,
1998. Privy Counsellor, 2004.
Born on 22 April 1939, he was educated at Brighton College
and Pembroke College, Cambridge (Open Scholar; MA, English
and Languages; Hon. Fellow 1999).
Married since 1964 to Rosalind Mary (née Forster),
an artist. Interests include reading, music and opera,
walking and travel.