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6 August 2014 | Will Green
Stephen Kelly, chief operating officer at the Cabinet Office (CO), has announced his resignation.
Kelly, who joined the CO in 2011 and led the Efficiency and Reform Group, will be joining business software and services firm Sage Group as group chief executive on a basic salary of £790,000 plus bonuses.
He said: “Since joining the civil service, I have been exceedingly fortunate to work for a minister who demonstrates outstanding leadership, inspiration and clarity, and I have encountered exceptionally bright, talented and committed colleagues. I am extremely pleased with the achievements of the Efficiency and Reform Group and Cabinet Office teams in driving sustainable efficiency and reform and the resulting savings accrued.”
Kelly will continue in the post until November.
CO minister Francis Maude said: “Stephen Kelly has been a terrific leader of the government’s efficiency and reform programme which for last year alone saved taxpayers £14.3 billion against a 2009-10 baseline. Getting more for less is a central part of our long-term plan for a stronger economy and I would like to thank Stephen for his energy, tenacity and commitment.”