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7 February 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Former BP executive John Manzoni is to join the civil service as chief executive of the Major Projects Authority (MPA).
The MPA was set up in 2011 to turn around poor project management in government.
Manzoni said: “Some of the largest and most complex projects can be found in government and it’s the scale of the challenge that makes this role interesting.
“If we get this right, it will be a sustainable agenda that is good for all seasons and all political persuasions. It’s hard to fight against the logic of spending large amounts of money more effectively and improving public services at the same time.”
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude added: “As part of this government’s long-term economic plan we must to continue to improve the civil service’s management of major projects. Last year the Major Projects Authority saved hard-working taxpayers £1.7 billion. I’m confident that with John’s leadership we can go even further and make a real difference to the delivery of these projects.”